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Unwritten Histories

Books in library shelves hold images that have shaped history. Familiar
names, recognisable images and anecdotal tales, remind us of the greats
in photography. Students study the trends set by cult figures and
established masters. Experts at Sotheby's tell you whose work to invest
in. Limited edition prints in gallery walls, sport price tags
commensurate with branding. The market decides. The signature says it
all. The occasional controversy over the veracity of some historic image
may cause a minor blip, but the myths live on, embalmed by scholars and
other experts, who teach us what to value. A discovery causes a stir,
and accolades follow for the discoverer and the discovered. They
reaffirm the inclusiveness of it all.

Lost amongst the library shelves are some names that have taken a
different route. They have worked within their own communities, far from
the gallery walls. Some indeed have become household names despite this
distance. Others have moved to the geographical epicentres of the
industry. Each one however, has left an indelible stamp on the community
that nurtured them. They have given hope, inspired and become role
models for many communities that do not exist in those library tomes,
except as a passing canvas of some recognised genius.

Turning their lens around at their own societies and their own craft,
they have asked questions of themselves. Probing, searching,
challenging, they have unsettled their own universe, asking hard and
demanding answers. While discovery for some have come despite their
peripheral role, others remain unknown, except in the communities they
have chosen to immerse themselves in. This calendar celebrates the
vision, the tenacity and the enormous skills of these individuals, rare
in any society, who have chosen to make a difference. It pays homage to
their unwritten history. 

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Well, the Drik 2004 Calendar is now available. Feast yourself on this
list of photographers:

Chien-Chi Chang, Diego Goldberg, Graciela Iturbide, Kishor Parekh, Lucia
Chiriboga, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Pedro Meyer, Peter Magubane, Raghu
Rai, Reza Deghati, Shahidul Alam, Tara Sosrowardoyo.

Special thanks to Claudia Pretelin, Maria Mann, Neo Ntsome, Robin
Comely, Stefana Fraboulet and Swapan Parekh for their help.

Best wishes for the Gregorian New Year.

Shahidul
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January 1, 2004 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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