Chobi Mela talks

Some of the highlights of Chobi Mela VII presentations


Pablo Bartholomew (India) in conversation with Munem Wasif and Shahidul Alam

Christopher Pinney (UK): Introduction by Shahidul Alam

Graciela Iturbide (Mexico): Introduction by Munem Wasif

Picture editing panel: Ruth Eichhorn (Geo Magazine, Germany), Veneta Bullen (Guardian, UK), Patrick Witty (Time Magazine, USA), Moderated by Shahidul Alam

NayanTara Gurung (Nepal): Introduction by Munem Wasif

Richard Billingham (UK): Introduction by Tanzim Wahab

Patrick Witty (USA): Introduction by Shahidul Alam

Jodi Bieber (South Africa): Introduction by Shahidul Alam

Morten Krogvold (Norway): Introduction by Shahidul Alam

Bangladeshi photography: Arfun Ahmed, Jannatul Mawa, Sayed Asif Mahmud, Salma Abedin Prithi, Rasel Chowdhury, Sarker Protick and?Labib Mohammad Sharfuddin.?Introduction by Munem Wasif

Nasir Ali Mamun: Introduction by Munem Wasif (Mostly in Bangla)

Max Pam (Australia): Introduction by Munem Wasif

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.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

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