Fariha Karim joins Photographers for Hope

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Glasgow’s Big Issue sellers document their lives ? in pictures

Guardian UK

The Eyes of the Street exhibition is now running at the?Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The collaboration, organised by the International Network of Street Papers, features photographs by vendors and professional photographers from the charity collective Photographers for Hope. Here, we feature the vendors and their works

Pathshala alumni Fariha Karim was one of the photographers working on the project. Photographer David Burnett, a regular featured photographer in Chobi Mela was the lead tutor. Anna Wang the founder of Photographers for hope had also been present in Chobi Mela VI.

Eyes of the Street: Robert
Robert, a Big Issue vendor, and his friend Laura at home.Photograph: Fariha Karim/Photographers for Hope

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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