Shahidul Alam

Photographer, Activist & Founder Drik, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Chobi Mela, & Majority World


S hahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before taking up photography, concentrating on issues of social justice. He set up the Drik and Majority World agencies, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and the Chobi Mela festival.

Honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and visiting professor at Sunderland University, Alam has chaired the World Press Photo jury among other honors. He is also a new media pioneer and introduced email to Bangladesh. His book My Journey as a Witness has been described as “the most important book ever written by a photographer” by John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine.





Meet our advisors:

  • Dounia Benslimane – Cofounder & director Racines Casablanca
  • Dr. Vishakha N. Desai – Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University
  • Russel Hlongwane – Performance Artist & Vice President Kwa Zulu Natal Society of Arts Gallery (KZNSA Gallery)
  • Susa Pop – Founder & Director Public Art Lab
  • Jamila Raqib – Specialist nonviolent action, executive director Albert Einstein Institution, fellow, MIT Media Lab
  • Cinta Watts – Creative director buró de innovación, Mexico City