Chobi Mela beckons


This is the moment that art lovers have been waiting for. The most prestigious photography festival in Asia, Chobi Mela is about to begin. An exciting mix of exhibitions, workshops, artist talks and discussions involving participants from all the continents awaits you.

Given recent events, the staging of Chobi Mela itself was an act of defiance. The limitations forced us to be more creative, and in many ways, this edition promises to be the most exciting ever. You’ll regret missing it.

Whether you are an active supporter or just a casual visitor, this is the time when it all comes together. Welcome to all of you who have traveled across the globe to be here. Welcome too, to those who call Dhaka your home.

Key information about the events follow. As in all major festivals, there are last minute changes. Flights are missed, visas fail to come through, people get sick. So please look up the website for the latest updates at

Make friends, see great art, soak in Bangladesh, but above all, enjoy yourselves.

Shahidul Alam
Festival Director

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CALL FOR ENTRY Chobi Mela X International Festival of Photography, 2019


Chobi Mela X
International Festival of Photography, 2019

No heaven, no hell, no ever after, do I care for when I’m gone
Peace here I seek, in this sand and soil, this place where I was born
As oceans deep, as deserts wide, as forests and fences loom
As children die, as lovers sigh, no cross, no epitaph, no tomb
As bullets whiz by, as shrapnel shard, as hate pours from above
As blue skies curse, the wounded I nurse, as spite replaces love
It is home I long, as I boundaries cross, a shelter that I seek
A world for us all, white brown short tall, the boisterous and the meek
If my bosom is raised, or my beard is long, or I sleep with the ‘wrong’ kind
If my politics isn’t yours, nor my country of birth, a terrorist you will find
You return my boat to the cruel sea, back to the wars you wrought
Walls you will raise, to keep me at bay, my children in danger fraught
I love the land I was born in, the tree that gave me shade
My broken home, my shattered dreams, slain lover that goodbye bade
My slanted eyes, my dread lock hair, my tongue though strange may be
I bleed red blood, as flows in your vein, Is there a place in your heart for me?
-Shahidul Alam

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Rare and Unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the Drik archives

The iconic Parliament Building of Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn. Site of the landmark exhibition on rare and largely unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the Drik archives on Rashid Talukder. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
The iconic Parliament Building of Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn. Site of the landmark exhibition on rare and largely unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the Drik archives on Rashid Talukder. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

A self-taught photographer with a strong sense of humour Rashid Talukder received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chobi Mela international photography festival in Dhaka, in 2006. His images of the war of liberation of Bangladesh and the political events leading up to it, are the most comprehensive visual documentation of Bangladesh’s political history on record. Rashid Talukder handed over his entire collection of negatives to the Drik Picture Library in Dhaka before he passed away.
With support from Drik’s long standing partner, the Prince Claus Fund Drik has been scanning the Talukder archives of over 165,000 original negatives. The archives contain rare images, many of them never previously seen. These include major political events, everyday life and photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, whom Talukder was especially close to. The photographs show Mujib, not only as a statesman, but also as someone close to his people. There are also private and intimate moments which give insights not only to the public figure, but also to the individual.

Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with girl scouts. Photo: Rashid Talukder/Drik/Majority World
Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with girl scouts. Photo: Rashid Talukder/Drik/Majority World

While Talukder is virtually unknown outside of Bangladesh, he was one of the foremost chroniclers of the struggle for independence, photographing its origins in the language movement of the 1950s and continuing through the war?s aftermath.

Now hailed as a founding father of Bangladeshi photojournalism, Mr. Talukder made some of the most important images of the war, which by some estimates claimed one million lives and turned 10 million of his countrymen into refugees. He also documented everyday life in Bangladesh during his 46-year career, during which he worked for the newspapers The Daily Sangbad and The Daily Ittefaq. Through an initiative of the new mayor of Dhaka North Annisul Huq, and his council members, a massive outdoor exhibition has been arranged at the iconic parliament building of Bangladesh, designed by Louis Kahn, based largely on the Drik archives. Special access has also been arranged for the general public where even rickshas will be allowed into the parliament complex.
Commemorating the 40th death anniversary of the father of the nation, this provides a rare opportunity for visitors not only to see these previously unseen photographs, but also visit this landmark building, considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the 20th century.

Invitation to the exhibition of rare and largely unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, largely based on the archives of Drik Picture Library
Invitation to the exhibition of rare and largely unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, largely based on the archives of Drik Picture Library

The honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will inaugurate the exhibition today the 13th August 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Aesthetics in Photography by Morten Krogvold

Morten Krogvold has a major impact as a teacher in Norway and abroad. He has so far held more than 100 workshops in Norway & other countries of the world and this is his 6th workshop in Bangladesh. His dynamic black & white and color photographs have been extensively exhibited throughout the world, including Bangladesh, the Republic of China, France Botswana, Canada, Sweden, USA & of course, Norway. Krogvold was appointed Knight of the Order of St. Olav in 2005, received Hasselblad master award in 2002 and he is creative director for Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, Norway from 2006-2012.

The objective of this workshop is to develop participants? aesthetics in photography. Morten will look at the portfolios of each participants concentrating on composition, light, printing & craftsmanship and give valuable feedback. Participants should be prepared to receive honest and hard feedback and push their limits. The focus will be on developing a single image; there will be assignments all through the workshop. His lectures are as inspiring as his photos. It starts with history of art and end with the formation of classic paintings and its relationship with photography.

His teaching methods are novel. Using painting, literature, sculpture and music for inspiration, he imbibes in his students an appreciation of life and culture, which they can use to drive their own photography. Morten is an energetic, lively & resourceful presence in any room, believes ?the winners of the future are those who use creativity & individual thought.?

Workshop Details

  • Venue-?Pathshala, 26 Jan to 1st Feb

  • Language-?English

  • Timing-?Workshop will meet everyday from 9 am to 6 pm- but participants should be prepared to put in longer hours.

  • Fee-?100 US Dollar/ 8000 thousand Bangladeshi Taka

  • Logistics-?The fee excludes the cost of accommodation, food, visa fee and all kind of logistics. The students should carry his/her digital camera and laptop.

  • Participants-?20 students (14 seats are already booked)

  • Deadline for submission– 10th Jan, 2013, 4 pm Bangladeshi time.

  • Who can apply– We will give more priority to young (under 30) students from Asia.

Portfolio submission

  • Photos– Max 15- Story/Series

  • Dimension– 800 pixels, save as 8, jpeg

  • Story text– Max 300 word

  • Bio– Max 300 word

  • Send to- in one zip file)

Application Deadline:Jan 10th, 4 pm (Dhaka time), 2013

For more information please contact?

Bio-Morten Krogvold (born 3 May 1950) is a Norwegian photographer and writer. Krogvold is especially known for his portraits of artists, politicians and other celebrities. He has published numerous books, held numerous exhibitions.


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WORKSHOPS in Nepal by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

Organised by Photo Circle 3 – 6 December 2012 

Old photographs remind us of our past and where we have come from and the silent stories that these photographs insinuate. Participants will reconsider notions of perception of memory and identity as they relate to history and photography?s presumed veracity. To create work, participants will explore existing photo archives, their own family photographs, film footage and objects related to their families in order to create work related to their identity and perceived memories. The workshop?s primary focus will be related to photography but participants can use this as a springboard for creating work in other media such as collages, stop motion animations, videos and installations, sound installations, oral histories, etc. Discussions and slide shows will be conducted in the mornings and students are expected to work on their projects in the afternoons. This workshop is for anyone- writers, musicians, housewives, photographers- who would like to explore the way memory can be shaped and reshaped. Continue reading “MEMORY & IDENTITY”

The Making of PAPA

Book launch

V2_ is pleased to host the book launch of ?The Making of PAPA? – Participating Artists Press Agency, by Lino Hellings. With live demonstration by the editors: Hans Aarsman, Lino Hellings and Nienke Terpsma.

Book launch: The Making of PAPA
A few years ago Lino Hellings, artist and sociologist, set out into the world with the idea of establishing an international artists? press agency with a loosely affiliated network of photographers. PAPA ? participating artists? press agency ? is the result. The News PAPA gathers is about how people cope in life. How do you do that?
The editors (Hans Aarsman, Lino Hellings, and Nienke Terpsma) and V2_ invite you for the book presentation of The Making of PAPA. The book combines a DIY manual, an introduction to the cities in which PAPA has operated so far, visual essays by a mix of photographers and a text on the bottom-up creation of PAPA, and its first adventures.
Hans Aarsman, Lino Hellings and Nienke Terpsma will give some live demonstrations on ?How do you do that??.
At the launch you can buy the book at a reduced price of ? 25,-

The Making of PAPA

By Lino Hellings
Editors: Hans Aarsman, Nienke Terpsma, Lino Hellings.
Book design: Nienke Terpsma
Text editing (Dutch): Rob van Maanen
Translation: Gerard Forde
Lithography: Sebastiaan Hanekroot for Colour & Books
ISBN 978 94 6083 066 2
Post editions Rotterdam/the Netherlands
Drik Dhaka/Bangladesh
Price ? 30.00 (at the launch ? 25.00)
Paperback / 364 p /17 x 24 cm Continue reading “The Making of PAPA”

Drik anniversary on the Independent

The Independent

On September 4, Drik marked 23 years as a distinctive multimedia establishment with a special programme at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi. A significant feature of the programme was Drik?s tribute to Bangladesh?s legendary photographer Golam Kasem Daddy with the fourth in a series of commemorative lectures. This year?s presentation will be by artist and curator Wakilur Rahman on curating contemporary art and art practice in Bangladesh. Among others present at the celebration were National Geographic photographer and humanitarian Reza Deghati, who also addressed the gathering. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik spoke about appreciating fine art prints and presented a unique collection of vintage photographic prints from the Drik archives. These rare prints by Bangladesh?s renowned photographers are being exhibited at Drik Gallery and available for sale for the first time in Bangladesh.
Drik also presented two very interesting but diverse additional exhibitions. The first, ?Moving News to Digital Platforms? showcases the unique initiative the Rural Visual Journalism Network where district correspondents use the Apple i-Pod Touch to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The second exhibition is the Majority World?s exhibition ?Insider, Outsider??, a photography exhibition that challenges perceptions of the developing world. The exhibition was held recently at Guardian Gallery in London and includes the work of Drik Picture Agency (DPA) photographers A.M. Ahad, Farzana Hossen, M. Anisul Hoque from Bangladesh; Iran?s Shadi Gadrian and Sri Lanka?s Dominic Sansoni among the 17 featured photographers. All exhibitions will be open every day from 3 to 8 pm, until September 12.
(DL desk)

A liar may take photographs

Photo Tampering throughout History

In 1909 Lewis Hine spoke at a social work conference on the subject of photography and social reform:?

The picture is a symbol that brings one immediately into close touch with reality. In fact, it is often more effective than the reality would have been, because, in the picture, the non-essential and conflicting interests have been eliminated.
The average person believes implicitly that the photograph cannot falsify. Of course, you and I know that this unbounded faith in the integrity of the photograph is often rudely shaken, for, while photographs may not lie, liars may photograph.
Editor: Today, liars may become presidents, lawmakers and generals, and all use sophisticated spin techniques, relying largely on photography for deception; to gain power, amass profits and lead us to war. It is vital therefore, that learning this language becomes part of our basic education.
Though photo manipulation has become more common in the age of digital cameras and image editing software, it actually dates back almost as far as the invention of photography. Gathered below is an overview of some of the more notable instances of photo manipulation in history. For recent years, an exhaustive inventory of every photo manipulation would be nearly impossible, so we focus here on the instances that have been most controversial or notorious, or ones that raise the most interesting ethical questions.

c1860 Lincoln

This nearly iconic portrait (in the form of a lithograph) of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln?s head and the Southern politician John Calhoun?s body.

This print (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division) appears to be of General Ulysses S. Grant in front of his troops at City Point, Virginia, during the American Civil War. Some very nice detective work by researchers at the Library of Congress revealed that this print is a composite of three separate prints: (1) the head in this photo is taken from a portrait of Grant; (2) the horse and body are those of Major General Alexander M. McCook; and (3) the background is of Confederate prisoners captured at the battle of Fisher?s Hill, VA.

In this photo by famed photographer Mathew Brady, General Sherman is seen posing with his Generals. General Francis P. Blair (far right) was added to the original photograph. The photo on the left is another image from the same sitting, at which General Blair was not in attendance. Continue reading “A liar may take photographs”

Images Redefined: Photographic Institute set up by Sucheta Das

Always remember which camera you are using doesn?t matter but who is behind the camera matters a lot ?


Why will you join Images Redefined? Our Photography Courses Testimonials

Internationally renowned photographer will guide

 Affordable fees
 Well located
 Assured Individual attention for each students
 Prepare students in all streams of photography
 Limited students in every batch
 Emphasizes on practical classes
 Provide unique library of all rare books on
photojournalism and fashion
 Fully air conditioned modern Classroom & well
equipped practical classes
 Bengali, Hindu & English as the general
medium of instruction
 Internship opportunity in leading newspaper &
 Workshop opportunity by leading photographers
 Attractive outdoors in different parts of India

… more details    

Full Time Basic Course
Duration: 6 months
Full Time Advance Course
Duration: 6 months + internship 
Short Time Internship 
Duration: 1 month (12 classes)

ANI Interview of our Faculty


Sudipto Das (An Award Winning, Senior Photojournalist of Times Of India, Kolkata)

… Her new venture will definitely give young upcoming photographers in India a platform to peruse their career as photojournalist …

Shahidul Alam (Eminent Photographer, Writer, Social Activist & Founder of Pathsala, Photography Institute in Bangladesh)… Wonderful initiative, Sucheta.

… more testimonials       


Mohammad Ali Salim

Remembering the BPS (Bangladesh Photographic Society) Days

Mohammad Ali Salim was awarded several distinctions including: EFIAP/s (Excellence FIAP Silver) distinction from The International Federation of Photographic Art, EPSA (Excellence PSA) from Photographic Society of America, AIIPC (Associate of India International Photographic Council), and ABPS (Associate of the Bangladesh Photographic Society).
Salim was born in 1959 and has been photographing since 1972. He received his diploma in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography in 1995. Salim?s work has been shown around the world including solo exhibitions in Australia, Bangladesh, Italy, India and the United Sates.
He had numerous acceptances in FIAP approved and PSA recognized international salons throughout 56 countries. Salim received 135 international awards including Grand prize, 3 PSA Gold, CPI Gold,? Asahi Shimbun Gold, FSS Gold, Janez? Puhar Silver, 4 ? ICity Trophy Monte Sant’Angelo silver,PSA Bronze,? Algarve Mammal, Norga Medal and FIAP/PSA HM.
Salim had many publications including work featured in ?The World and I? magazine published in Washington D.C.,”Where Three Dreams Cross” – 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh; Published by Whitechapel Gallery, London; and works published in several countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom.


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