Chobi Mela featured in Italian Vogue

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Bangladesh dreams

Vogue Italy

A new wave of talented and creative photographers is emerging in the country

Photo Andrew Biraj

Except for its poverty and natural disasters,Bangladesh rarely makes the news. But?fans of art, especially photography, would do well to keep an eye on this corner of the Indian subcontinent, where a lot is going on.
Shahidul Alam, founder of the South Asian media academy Pathshala in Dhaka and many-time jury member for World Press Photo, describes it as a “revolution in photography: an explosion of ideas and talent centred upon the capital”; the defining features of this new movement seem to be diligence and a refusal of “Eurocentricity”.

Stefania Ragusa, Vogue Italia, December 2010 (n. 724), p. 46

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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.”

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