Shahidul Alam introduces Chobi Mela

Video by Muhammad Aminuzzaman/RVJN
Video by Muhammad Aminuzzaman/RVJN

Festival director?Shahidul Alam?took the time to talk to us briefly about what we can expect of the up-coming Chobi Mela VII; even mentioning the whereabouts of a Rolls-Royce?


Chobi Mela Introduction by Shahidul Alam

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.”

2 thoughts on “Shahidul Alam introduces Chobi Mela”

  1. Delighted to know that Dhaka is warming up as Chobi Mela VII draws closer. So many celebrities will be in town for this event. Drik and Shahidul Alam richly deserve kudos for reaching this stage successfully. Wish the Mela all success and the distinguished foreign visitors a very enjoyable stay in Bangladesh.

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