Tag: Photography

  • The Tide Will Turn

    Shahidul Alam: The Tide Will Turn Edited by Vijay Prashad Texts by Shahidul Alam and Arundhati Roy To my fellow prisoners in Keraniganj Jail, and the youth of Bangladesh who continue to resist, and to Abrar Farhad who was murdered by fellow students for his defiance. Book design by Shahidul Alam and Holger Feroudj /…

  • Silence is not an option

    Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photojournalist, teacher, and social activist. A TIME “Person of the Year”, he is celebrated for his commitment to using his craft to preserve democracy in his country at all costs. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/clients/2019-icp-infinity-awards-shahidul-alam The award ceremony in New York by Jose-Carlos Mariategui

  • There’s Power in Photography: The Undying Resilience of Dhaka’s Chobi Mela Festival

    Interview with Shahidul Alam by Daniel Boetker-Smith Photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam speaks out about the effects of his detainment on Dhaka’s Chobi Mela Festival, and how the event still plans to persevere for years to come. SHAHIDUL ALAM Photo: Tom Hatlestad The year 2018 is one that Shahidul Alam, and the wider international photographic…

  • Shahidul Alam: Caught in the Crossfire of Bangladesh’s Fledgling Democracy

    By Rachel Spence in Fair Observer •   OCTOBER 24, 2018 How do you persuade a government to release a prisoner, however wrongfully incarcerated, if it doesn’t want to cooperate? Thousands of signatures, tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts. Dozens of articles. Then there are the rallies: from Kathmandu to New York, from Rome to New Delhi, London…

  • Chobi Mela beckons

      This is the moment that art lovers have been waiting for. The most prestigious photography festival in Asia, Chobi Mela is about to begin. An exciting mix of exhibitions, workshops, artist talks and discussions involving participants from all the continents awaits you. Given recent events, the staging of Chobi Mela itself was an act…

  • Why I take photographs

    Given the recent attempts, by authoritarian forces which I have been critical of, to undermine my credibility, I feel the reasons why I take photographs need to be tabled.

  • THE PLACE OF SHAHIDUL ALAM

    First published in PIX by Rahaab Allana No heaven, no hell, no everafter, do I care for when I’m gone Peace here I seek, in this sand and soil, this place where I was born As oceans deep, as deserts wide, as forests and fences loom As children die, as lovers sigh, no cross, no…

  • Iranian Maya

    She skipped like a little bird as she got to the park. The kids, initially perplexed that an adult would like to join them in the see-saw, soon accepted her as one of them. She then went on the slide and then tottered on the edge of the play ship, and faltered like a scarecrow.…

  • The Free Shahidul Campaign

    I am unable to individually thank all the people who stood by me in those dark days, but I hope you will accept the heartfelt appreciation by me and the many others  who were at the forefront of the fight to get me released. The case still stands and I face a potential maximum sentence…

  • Liberating the Liberator

    They say photography liberated painting from the need to be representational, freeing it of the task to show things as they are. Less than two centuries from the birth of photography, we need to consider whether photography needs to be liberated from itself. What photography excels at, its phenomenal ability to record the visible, is…