A Bangla New Year without Irfan

We mourn the loss of a dear colleague as we greet you in?the Bangla New Year
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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.”

One thought on “A Bangla New Year without Irfan”

  1. Dear Irfan uncle were a man of honor, love, patience and humility. His everlasting smile & amiable personality touched the heart of everyone.
    I accept everything Irfan uncle went through because he accepted things humbly. All the excruciating time he went through he accepted it silently with patience.
    Irfan uncle gave so much to everyone of us. After everything how can we accept this intolerable death of his. His death wast not like any other natural death.
    How can we stay silent?
    Yes we will mourn the loss of Irfan uncle & we will greet him to every celebration that will pass by. But I would like to remind ourselves we can’t just mourn & deplore. We have to remember his everlasting smile & accomplish ourselves to bring the smile on our face by bringing the killers to justice.
    If we all work together we can diminish the grief in young Umam & his beloved mother’s heart.
    Please my dear brothers & sisters, put our feet in Umam & his mother Zohra’s shoes & move forward to protect another Umam becoming fatherless .
    All the Best.

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