Presentation of "My Journey as a Witness" in Amsterdam


Invitation Presentation of the book ‘My Journey as a Witness’
by Shahidul Alam in Foam
The Prince Claus Fund?cordially invites you to the presentation of the book ‘My Journey as a Witness’ by photographer Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh) on 24 January 2012 in Foam, Amsterdam. Speakers are Shahidul Alam, who in addition to photographer is writer, activist, and social entrepreneur, and Rosa Maria Falvo, writer and curator specialised in Asian contemporary art. After that Bas Vroege, photographer and director of Paradox, will have a public discussion with Shahidul and the audience can ask questions.American Photo magazineselected ‘My Journey as a Witness’ as one of the 50 best photo books of 2011.The book is available at the event and Shahidul Alam will be delighted to sign copies.
When: Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Where: FOAM Amsterdam, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam
Start programme: 20.00h?Entrance: Free
Language: English
Register through this link (please register as space is limited)
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My Journey as a Witness
My Journey as a Witness is an insight into the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, through the eyes and voice of the man who shaped it. An extraordinary artist, Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, activist, and social entrepreneur who used his art to chronicle the social and artistic struggles in a country known largely for poverty and disasters.
Lucid and personal, this much-awaited book includes 130 photographs tracing Alam?s artistic career, activism, and the founding of photography organizations. From early images shot in England to photographs of the last two decades in his native Bangladesh, this is a journey from photojournalism into social justice. Alam?s superb imagery is matched by his perceptive accounts, at once deeply intimate and bitingly satirical. Edited by Rosa Maria Falvo.
Dinner Reservations at the Foam Caf??The Foam Caf? will be open from 18.00h to 19.30h for dinner reservations before the event. Please email name, the number of persons and contact details to make your reservation. Please note that there is limited space available.
Shahidul Alam, who as founder and director of Drik Picture Library is connected to the Prince Claus Fund as network partner, was born in 1955 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alam is a photographer, writer, activist, and social entrepreneur who has led us through the social and artistic struggles in a country known largely for poverty and disasters. He is profoundly influenced by inequality in his country and the liberation war, pursued a life in photography to challenge oppression and imperialism in all its forms. Attacked, arrested, and threatened with death, Alam built what many consider to be the finest photography school in the world, an award-winning agency, and the world?s most diverse photography festival. Widely celebrated, Alam claims as his achievements not the awards and exhibitions but the people he has trained and the lives he has transformed.Rosa Maria Falvois a writer and curator, as well as Skira?s international commissions editor, specialising in Asian contemporary art. She lives in Italy and Australia, travels throughout Asia, and curates exhibitions of the work of a variety of contemporary artists from this region. She has travelled through Bangladesh and participated in the Chobi Mela International Photo Festival and presented at Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, and the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhaka.Bas Vroege studied economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1976-1979, BA) and photography at Academie Sint Joost in Breda (1979-1981). From 1981-1993 he was director of Perspektief, centre for photography in Rotterdam, and the Fotografie Bi?nnale Rotterdam (1988-1992). Vroege founded Paradox in 1993 and has been the organisation’s director since. Paradox produces photography-related projects (exhibitions, books, films, websites) driven by a social agenda. As an independent curator, he has been responsible for a number of cross-media festivals and exhibitions. He is currently member of the International Board of Advisors of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China) and sits on the Supervisory Board of World Press Photo (Amsterdam). As a photographer he had a number of international shows, held mainly between 1980-1990. His work can be found in a number of public collections, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The Prince Claus Fund is supported by the National Postcode Lottery and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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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