8 Days to go: Hurry and Flurry @ Drik

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By Chulie De Silva

Dressing up Drik. Volunteers at work 12 January,2011. Photograph Saikat Mojumder

The hurry and flurry around Drik these days ?reminds me of the excitement surrounding a wedding. ?Drik ?is like the bride getting a makeover.
The veil is on. Photograph Saikat Mojumdera. Photograph Saikat Mojumder

Traffic stopping? Drik often does just that!. Photograph Saikat Mojumder

And where is the father of the bride? ?He is true to form looking frazzled and busy at explaining to all how big and good the trousseau is.
"Other festivals have something to show. Chobi Mela has something to say" Shahidul Alam. Photograph Mahbub Alam Khan

Sprucing the gallery: all it needed was a lick of paint. Photograph Saikat Mojumder

And the trousseau is big with 400+ photographs as exhibits, 34 evening presentations including lectures, discussions, films, performances, multimedia presentations and a video conference with Dr. Moreno-Ocampo.
Parts of the trousseau: Framed photos of David Burnett?s Exhibition: 44 Days ? Iran and the Remaking of the World. Photograph Saikat Mojumder

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

6 thoughts on “8 Days to go: Hurry and Flurry @ Drik”

  1. Dear Shahid Bhai
    For sure i will miss your great chobe Mela festival.
    Wishing you a all the best & success.
    kazi hasan sarwar (paris)Free lancer.

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