Chobi Mela in PDN

Male Caller in the Anteroom

? Karen Knorr
This image from?Karen Knorr?s India Song series was? selected as the signature promotional image for the Chobi Mela VI festival last year.? The multi-faceted international festival which gets under way January 25, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh features work of established and emerging photographers. The theme for this year?s Chobi Mela VII festival is ?Fragility,? and the deadline for submissions is July 31, 2012. Information and submission guidelines are available at?
Since its inception in 2000 Chobi Mela has explored contemporary photography with exhibitions that challenge traditional perceptions, as well as through workshops, discussions, seminars and lectures. Themes of past festivals included Differences, Exclusion, Resistance, Boundaries, Freedom, and Dreams. The festival is open to fine art photographers, conceptual artists, and photojournalists.

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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