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“As a journalist, your only space is at the edge. You have to be constantly feeling the heat. Go back one more step, and you may cease to be effective. There are no safe options, and no prizes for popularity and if you’re not making certain people uncomfortable by your presence, you are probably doing something wrong. The struggle for change is a never-ending process that requires you to be constantly alert, and forever swimming against the current. It is a lonely, stressful, tiring and immensely gratifying journey

Shahidul Alam

© Fariha Karim

I am a Bangladeshi photographer, writer and activist with a special interest in education, new media and ICT. I was a research tutor at London University where I obtained a PhD in organic chemistry before taking up photography as a profession. I am a former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and set up the award winning Drik Picture Library. I also set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography and the DrikNews photo agency. I am the director of Chobi Mela the festival of photography in Asia. My work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Le centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. I have chaired the World Press Photo international jury. I am an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a board member of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Foundation. I am currently visiting professor of photography at the University of Sunderland. In 2007 I lectured at Harvard, UCLA and Stanford universities in the USA, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and Universidade Eduaro Monldane in Mozambique and was one of the Masters in the Joop Swart Masterclass organised by World Press Photo. That year I also had two books published, “Nature’s Fury” on the earthquake in Kashmir and “Portraits of Commitment” a book of portraits of leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Asia.


  1. Being a resident of a small town in the UK, it was refreshing to see your face in the introductory page of NI. It’s an informative journal, and I try to buy it whenever I get the chance. I bought it today, so I look forward to reading it.

    Comment by Muhamad Lodhi | August 11, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hello. We were looking for a way to contact you to see if you could tell us about what s happening in the country. We are a french international tv.

    Comment by Tehini line | August 24, 2007 | Reply

  3. Try calling me at the office

    Office Switchboard:
    +880-2-9120125, 8123412, 8112954

    Comment by shahidul | August 24, 2007 | Reply

  4. I just discovered your blog via Nancy White and your photos are amazing!

    Comment by Beth Kanter | August 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. Shahidul Alam,

    I am really impressed with your Photograph amazing photos. Please if you could send me an e-mail so we both can share some news with each other. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed reading your web site great posting looking forward to see you one day soon in Dhaka.

    Bob Chowdhury.!

    Comment by Bob Chowdhury | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  6. Dear Mr. Alam

    I am proud to be your student.

    Presley from London

    Comment by Presley | August 29, 2007 | Reply

  7. Sir,
    My name is Amit currently working for a magazine in Mumbai. I want seek guidance in respect to some photo projects I have undertaken and want to send you some pictures that I have taken for your valuable comments.
    It will be nice of you if you can send me your contacts so that I can send my pictures across to you for your views.


    Comment by Amit Chakravarty | October 28, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thanks for your mail Amit. My details:

    Drik Picture Library Ltd.
    House 58, Road 15A (New)
    Dhanmondi Residential Area
    Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh



    Comment by shahidul | October 28, 2007 | Reply

  9. Shahidul Alam,
    nice to know you…

    Comment by Sakib Al Mahmud | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  10. Hello! I’m a student taking up photojournalism in Manila. When is the next Chobi Mela? some of us here are interested to go

    Comment by Tammy | November 16, 2007 | Reply

  11. Dear Mr. Alam,
    I heard about you and your brave team who worked for so many dared area like Afganistan, Pakistan and so many places in the world.

    Am one of fan of your Drik organisation and also your working process.

    I would be happy if i could join your team and could wotk with you.

    Thanks and regards.

    Comment by Cadi zeb un tasmin | November 18, 2007 | Reply

  12. i was going through your photography and had ammaised by the view you have in your mind and your lance have, wonderful, briliant, such a talent to put things up.


    Comment by Nahid M Rahman | November 19, 2007 | Reply

  13. Mr. Alam,
    Your pictures are compelling and beautiful.
    I’m a videojournalist for Current TV in the U.S. and the UK, and we’re desperately trying to find videographers in the area who can shoot some video and interviews in the devastated areas. Do you know anyone who can help us with this? We do offer compensation for the product.
    Thanks for your significant contribution to the coverage of such a tragedy.

    Comment by Sumi Somaskanda | November 19, 2007 | Reply

  14. Dear Mr. Alam,

    I heard about you from my friend Pierre Claquin. I read you blog often and it is interesting with various topics.

    I want to invite you to see my blog with my current experience in Sundernan and its periphery at:

    Also visit my site to see some of my wildlife gallery at:

    I will appriciate your comments.

    Comment by sirajul | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  15. Hello jaahed chaachaa !

    Gosh… your pictures are amazing… too bad I never get to come over to drik to check them out! Keep up the blog work… itz so cool to have bloggers in the Family 😀

    take care!

    Comment by Sidrat | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  16. Hoping to work with you again Mr. Shahidul…

    Comment by Zalee | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  17. Hi dear friend
    I am really happy to see ur website. Congratulation. More over ,different information in the site has made it more reach. It might be a resource for the journalist like me. I will recommend my all friend to use this portal.
    I recalled the days in Lahore.

    Sanjaya Neupane

    Comment by Sanjaya | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  18. The last time I saw you, was in Rangamati, Hotel George. Is that right ? You were in a hurry :- ) ?

    Comment by Ehab | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  19. amazing blog. its very happy to see arthur c clark and some rare pictures.

    Comment by VK Adarsh | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  20. hye,
    I just came across your profile in and it was a nice feeling to see someone from such a small part of the world swimming with big fish…
    i hope you don’t mind my loose wit…
    but let me just say Asala-mua-likum

    Al-Fath’eha, paplu

    based in London

    Comment by Paplu Malsi | May 14, 2008 | Reply

  21. i am filing is vary said. olao weth you.but what can i wel do. i am wwth you.thank

    Comment by arif | May 21, 2008 | Reply

  22. Hi Shahidul,
    We spoke at the Dutch Embassy in Dakar earlier this week, I finally took the time to go through your blog. For me, it was an interesting discussion.
    Funny to find out later, through your blog, who you are. The first hit on your name on Google was a Wikipedia article 🙂
    This being a small world, I’m pretty sure we’ll meet again.
    Very best regards,

    Comment by Cedric Vandermeulen | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  23. Hello, I have been trying to contact you about my exhibitions here in New York. Please contact me. Thank you.

    Comment by Mohammad Ali Salim | June 18, 2008 | Reply

  24. Dear Salim,

    Please write directly to Your tiger photo is all over Zia International Airport.


    Comment by shahidul | June 18, 2008 | Reply

  25. Hi Shahidul,
    This is Todd Lester of, I would like to encourage you to start a profile on our new community portal and then to cross post your newsletters there in a forum. Our community would like to know about your work AND there is a special group for photographers as well as a unique photography function by which you can show us some of the work of the agency and let our community learn about Drik.


    Comment by Todd Lester | January 19, 2009 | Reply

  26. Thanks from A.K.M Ali hossain. BLRI, SAVAR . Dhak-1341. Bangladesh. +88 01714328267 .

    Comment by A.K.M Ali hossain | February 18, 2009 | Reply

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