In a visual age, visionaries

Nii Obodai Photo by Chris Riley
Nii Obodai Photo by Chris Riley

by Chris Riley

From portraits of the men and women who made Bangladesh, to a poem to The Buriganga. From an intimate examination of the bond between two sisters and a rare skin disorder to the documentation of Chinese pollution. From Mexican magical realism to Iranian reality and the brutality of war. From students to mentors and beyond. The picture editors from Time, Geo andThe Guardian meet the Majority World as it finds both voice and vision. In among the teeming Dhaka Chobi Mela?s white background posters seem to be beacons of a new world: less depressed, less angry and newly empowered to write not only Bangladesh?s future but our own.

Ruth Eichhorn
Ruth Eichhorn from GEO magazines
Photo by Chris Riley

Last time I was here I loved the student show and this year was no different. Tutored, mentored and cajoled by Morten Krogvold a group of 25 students documented Dhaka?s human side and created a show in four days, including the shoots and the printed catalogue. Rather than descend into the depression of all of Dhaka?s problems the students plundered its substructures to elevate the fine and the fun. Idiosyncratic, profound and often simply cool, the show was a triumph of story-telling with a twist: stories told by young men and women about the goodness of the human spirit and its capacity to prevail. This work was not full of parental anger, it was full of a child?s delight. I loved it.

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Portfolio Reviews ? Deadline for Registration 23rd January!

Some of our portfolio reviewers - Ruth Eichhorn, Jody Haines and Patrick Witty
Some of our portfolio reviewers – Ruth Eichhorn, Jody Haines and Patrick Witty

Pathshala is offering Portfolio Review sessions for photographers during Chobi Mela VII!
The portfolio review offers budding artists and veterans an opportunity to meet with eminent photographers, curators and editors for useful advice and guidance on their works and careers.
Among the portfolio reviewers😕Ruth Eichhorn/ Photo Editor/ Geo Magazine,?Patrick Witty/ Photo Editor/ Time Magazine,?Jody Haines/ Curator/Brisbane Power House, and many more? A mix as eclectic and varied as their headshots.
So don?t miss out!
The deadline for registration is 23rd January.?For further details please check the details on our?website.

Ruth Eichhorn from GEO at Chobi Mela

Ruth Eichhorn
Ruth Eichhorn ? Presentation: Trends in European Photography

Sunday, 27 January, 12PM, Edward M. Kennedy Center
Panel discussion: New Directions ? Shifts in Editorial Space
With Shahidul Alam, Ruth Eichhorn and Patrick Witty
Monday, 28 January, 12PM, Edward M. Kennedy Center
Together with Shahidul Alam and Patrick Witty?(TIME),?Ruth Eichhorn will participate in the panel discussion?New Directions ? Shifts in Editorial Space. She is the?Director of Photography?of the?GEO?magazines, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, since 1994. One day prior to the panel discussion she will also hold a presentation on?Trends in European Photography.
On top of her work with?GEO,?Eichhorn also heads the German nominating committee for World Press Photo?s Joop Swart Masterclass, and has been a member of the World Press Photo jury.