Shahidul Alam CV
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Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photographer and writer with a special interest in education and new
media. He set up the award winning Drik Picture Library, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute,
Pathshala, the South Asian Media Academy, the DrikNews photo agency, and Banglarights, the
Bangladesh Human Rights portal. His work has been shown in leading museums including The
Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert
Hall, the Photographers Gallery and Tate Modern in London, Le centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
He is only person of colour to have ever chaired the prestigious International Jury of World Press
Photo, considered the United Nations of photography. He is a recipient of numerous international
awards and was the first Asian to receive the prestigious, Mother Jones International Award for
Documentary Photography. His work has been published in numerous publications all over the world,
including National Geographic, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde, etc. He is the
only Bangladeshi to have been commissioned to photograph the cover of Time Magazine. In 2009, he
was given the rare privilege by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to make an exclusive portrait of Nelson
He has received the Daily Star-Standard Chartered Bank “Celebrating Life 2011” award for lifetime
contribution to photography, in September 2011.
Alam‟s ongoing work, “Crossfire” received international acclaim, and mobilized a massive public protest.
The government closed down the show, but facing court action was forced to withdraw.
His short film “In Search of the Shade of the Banyan Tree” has been shown in festivals in the UK,
Germany, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Alam‟s current book “My journey as a witness” is published by Skira and Bengal Foundation and will be
launched at the Bengal Gallery 23 September 2011. The book has introductions by Sebastiao Salgado
and Raghu Rai.
Managing Director Drik Picture Library Ltd. 1989-present
Principal Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography (currently South Asian Media Academy).
Director Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography 2000-present
Chairman Majority World CIC 2007-present
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Other Academic Positions
• Visiting Professor: Sunderland University UK. 2007-present
• Regent Lecturer: UCLA USA 2008-present
• Member of the Board of the Program for Narrative and 2011-present
Documentary Practice Tufts University
• PhD in Organic Chemistry: Free Radical Reactions of Heteraromatic 1983
Compounds. London University.
• BSc in Biochemistry and Genetics. Liverpool University 1976
• Member Advisory Board: National Geographic Society, Eugene
• Board Member: Drik Picture Library Ltd., Pathshala, South Asian
Institute of Photography, Majority World CIC, Panos South Asia,
• Fellowships: Honorary Fellow, Royal Photographic Society 2001,
Bangladesh Photographic Society 1989.
• Chairman of International Jury World Press Photo.
• President Bangladesh Photographic Society for three terms, 1989,
• General Secretary Bangladesh Photographic Society for three
terms, 1986, 1985, 1984
• Founder Principal Bangladesh Photographic Institute, 1987-1989
• Chairman, Masterclass nominating panel for Asia, World Press
Photo Foundation, 1996 - present.
• International Jury Member: World Press Photo, China Humanist
Photography Award. China Press Photo Contest, Czech Press
Photo Contest, International Photography Biennial of the Islamic
World in Iran, Commonwealth Photo Contest.
Shahidul Alam CV
• Guest Lecturer: Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA
and USC, USA. Oxford University. London University,
Sunderland University, Durham University, Bolton University,
UK. Ateneo University, Philippines. National Institute of Design,
India, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, Dhaka
University, Bangladesh. Griffith University Australia
• Curator: “Water The First Element”, OIC Conference Kuala ,,
Lumpur for National Art Gallery Malaysia. “Where Three Dreams
Cross” Whitechapel Gallery London and Fotomusuem
Winterthur, Switzerland. “Bangladesh 1971” Rivington Place.
London. “The War We Forgot” Bangladesh National Museum.
• Exhibitions: A Struggle for Democracy; Positive Lives (Curator and
Photographer) A Brahmaputra Diary; Bangladesh 1971 (Curator);
Portraits of Commitment; Nature‟s Fury; Crossfire.
• Festival Director: Chobi Mela (CM) International Festival of
Photography CM I: Differences Unframed, 2000; CM II: Exclusion
2002; CM III: Resistance 2004; CM IV: Boundaries 2006; CM V:
Freedom 2009; CM VI: Dreams 2011.
• Still Photography: Migrant Labour; A Struggle for Democracy;
When the Waters Came; Cyclone 1991; Tsunami; Kashmir
Earthquake; Climate Refugees; Hemayetpur Mental Hospital; A
Brahmaputra Diary; Out of Focus; Women of the Naxalite
Movement; Positive Lives; A Two Day Visa; Everyday Life in
Bangladesh; Senior Citizens; Ibn Batuta; Travel Snapshots;
Dancing Amidst the Baobabs; Crossfire.
• Books: “My Journey as a Witness” (Author) Skira and Bengal
• Joint Curator :“Blink” 100 contemporary photographs. Phaidon, New
Picture Editor: State of Democracy in South Asia (Lokniti)
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Contributing editor: Chapter on “Families of Man” page 94-103 in
This Critical Mirror: 40 Years of World Press Photo. Thames
and Hudson, 1995.
Editor: Chobi Alor Basha (Photography the Language of Light) by
Azizur Rahim Peu, Drik, 2006.
Guest Editor: New Internationalist NI 403, August 2007.
Monographs: Nature‟s Fury, Concern Worldwide UK, 2007.
Portraits of Commitment, UNAIDS, 2009.
Books with significant contributions:
1. Chapter 1 “The Majority World Looks Back” page 51-66 in
The Weight of Photography, Academic and Scientific
2. “ Emerging from the Shadows” Curator‟s introductory text
page18-22 in Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of
Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Steidel , 2010.
3. Contributor: “What matters: The World's Preeminent
Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of
Our Time”, Sterling, 2008.
4. Photographic documentation for Bangladesh Splendours of
the Past: Pictorial account of Bangladesh heritage. Cosmos
Printing and Publications, 2001.
5. Photographic documentation for “Shanghai in the eyes of
the World‟s Top Photographers”, Shanghai Publishing,
6. Disrupted Borders: Book and exhibition Rivers Oram Press,
7. Photographic documentation for Chapter on Bangladesh in
A Cause for Our Times: Oxfam the First 50 Year, Oxfam
UK and Ireland. 1992.
8. Photographic documentation for Children at Crisis Point :
stories from projects in Asia. Save the Children Fund, Andre
9. A Dry Roof and a Cow, A book of portraits published by
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Friesens and Sons. Was one of the seven international
photographers featured in this work.
10. Photographic documentation on Sher-e-Bangla Nagar
(National Parliament Bangladesh) in “Louis L. Kahn: In the
Realm of Architecture,” [Book on the works of architect
Louis Kahn]. Museum of Contemporary Arts, LA, 1992.
Selection of Journal Articles:
“Majority World: Challenging the West‟s rhetoric of
Democracy,” Amerasia Journal Volume 34 Number 1 2008;
Asian American Studies Center Press, UCLA, pages 89-98;
“The Photography of „Resistance‟,” Inter-Asia Cultural
Studies 1469-8447, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2008. Pages 106-115
“Dayanita Singh: Through the Cracks of a Mirror,” Culture
and the Human Body: Prince Claus Awards 2008; Prince
Claus Fund, Amsterdam 2008), pages 80-85
“A Caged Peace,” Culture and Conflict: Prince Claus Awards
2007; Prince Claus Fund, The Hague 2008, pages 14-20;
Introduced email to Bangladesh in 1993 and effectively initiated „Digital Bangladesh‟.
Set up the first Front Projection Studio in Bangladesh, for the Film Development Corporation
Founder director of FotoWorld (then the most sophisticated photographic studio in South Asia)
The first Bangladeshis to go to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Member of the National Bridge Team from 1984 – 1987.
Won the Plate Trophy in the Bangladesh National Squash Championship in 1984.
Captain of the Bridge, Chess, Squash, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis and Swimming teams in
Bedford College, London University.
Has been on assignments in approximately sixty countries across all continents.