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World Press Photo 2015 at Drik Gallery

(from left) Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik, Anaïs Conijn, Project Manager Exhibitions, World Press Photo, H.E. Ambassador Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, the Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, Nasir Ali Mamun, Eminent Photographer

(from left) Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik, Anaïs Conijn, Project Manager Exhibitions, World Press Photo, H.E. Ambassador Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, the Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, and Nasir Ali Mamun, Eminent Photographer

The World Press Photo 2015 was launched on December 27 at Drik Gallery, Dhaka. This travelling exhibition, unique in its kind, is the result of a worldwide annual contest on press photography. The exhibition was officially opened by the Guest of Honour H.E. Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, the Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka. Eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun and Project Manager Exhibitions from World Press Photo Anaïs Conijn were present as Special Guests. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik delivered welcome note at the opening ceremony.



The World Press Photo competition is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers, setting the standard for the profession. This year’s competition drew entries from 5,692 photographers from 131 countries. A total of 97,912 images entered in the contest.



This year World Press Photo 15 saw a jury from Bangladesh (Munem Wasif) and a winner (Sarker Protick, 2nd prize stories, Daily Life).



The exhibition will be open for all till 8 January 2016 everyday from 3 to 8pm.


For details and more photographs, click the links below:

WPP 15_Opening Press Kit

WPP 15 at Drik






Majority World photograph featured in

New Internationalist



The photograph by Majority World photographer Daniel Patino Flor was featured in the October 2015 issue of the UK based radical activist magazine ‘New Internationalist’. 

Keywords: New Internationalist  Majority World 

Drik revives Bengal Muslin!


Drik would like to tell the story of Muslin, the fabled fabric of Bengal, its unique history and contribution,through a series of events and activities. Our aim is to recreate the story of this legendary textile that was used by Western and Mughal courts, raise awareness of its rich heritage and the distinctive impact it had upon the world in terms of textile artistry and global trade.

Muslin project is organized by Drik in partnership with Aarong and Bangladesh National Museum. The project will investigate the potential of reviving muslin production and explore how this sought for textile of the past can integrate with contemporary clothing designs.

The Muslin being produced by Drik fulfills all the criteria of Bengal muslin in terms of fineness, high thread count and even motifs. However, it should not be confused with the legendary Dhakai muslin, which was produced from a special variety of cotton which is extinct for over hundred years.

The Origin of Muslin
The origins of Bengal cotton are a thousand years old. Historically,muslin has been recognised as a cotton fabric of legendary lightness and distinctive motifs by many world travellers. Hand woven from uncommonly delicate hand spun yarn in villages near Dhaka, Bangladesh, muslin was produced from a cotton plant that grew exclusively along the banks of a certain stretch of the Brahmaputra river.The finished cloth was sought by royalty and traded globally across countries of the Middle East, Europe…etc. while earning enormous revenue for those involved in its trade.

The major activities being planned to support this initiative are:
1) Exhibition: This will capture the origin, production process; key events and artifacts on muslin. The exhibition will be curated and designed by Drik.

2) Book publication: An international quality publication that will collate available and unpublished information into a well-researched photo book which will establish Bangladesh’s heritage and contribution to this unique fabric. The book will be written, designed and published by Drik.

3) Documentary film: A short documentary film (approx. 45 mins), which will capture our efforts to trace the plant, to find past artifacts and to recreate ancient muslin designs using the skills of current Jamdani weavers in Dhaka. It will bring the story of muslin to life on the screen and will be shown at the exhibition/television. Drik AV will produce this in collaboration with other experts.

4) Muslin Night: This is designed to be a multi-cultural event, which will include different cultural activities including a light and sound show. It would tell the story of muslin through songs, dance, fashion show… etc.

5) Workshops: Seminars and discussions, where experts from Bangladesh and abroad will debate on sourcing the cotton, modernising the products and plan for continued research and application in this area.

The effective combination of the above activities will recreate the story of Muslin from Bengal’s perspective, establishing the history and origin of the fabric while enhancing the profile of the only surviving scion of muslin, ‘Jamdani’ (recently recognized as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO), at an international and national level.

We believe this is a remarkable project for Bangladesh. It is a story that needs to be told with clarity and integrity, acknowledging the huge contribution of the unrecognised community of farmers and handloom workers that has made it possible.

For details, log on to: 




Kamal Hossen, Project Manager
Drik Picture Library Ltd.
Union Heights, Level-7
55-2, West Panthapath, Dhaka-1205
Bangladesh (Next to Square Hospital)
Email: kamal@drik.net
Lan Phone: +880-2-8141817, 9120125






‘Bentleys and Benefits’- a series of photography workshops, by Drik Picture Library, Dhaka in collaboration with RichMix and Morpeth School

Date: 9th-16th July, 2015




Bentleys and Benefits is a unique exhibition at Rich Mix capturing the story and social diversity of the East End through the eyes of the young people who live here. The exhibition brings together the outcomes of ‘Demystifying Photography’, a series of photography workshops, by Drik Picture Library, Dhaka in collaboration with Rich Mix and Morpeth School.

Five workshops between October 2014 and June 2015 were conceived to offer the youth of East London an opportunity to work with Shahidul Alam, founder of Drik and world-renowned photographer, writer and activist from Bangladesh, and learn how to use digital technology to capture a memorable image by using key elements of story telling. By exploring emotion and perspective, and studying qualitative shifts between first person and third person narratives, Alam introduces the often-neglected sphere of visual literacy.

The photographers, all sixth form students at Morpeth school, have been working closely with Alam, to develop their own voice through photography; resulting in an intimate, compassionate and inclusive dialogue shaped by their experiences of life in Bethnal Green. The result is a photographic journey through the financial and social landscape of this extraordinary area of London.

Prints proudly supported by theprintspace.

Read more: http://www.shahidulnews.com/bentleys-and-benefits#ixzz3etYzPZjR


KALPANA’S WARRIORS- Exhibition by Shahidul Alam

Inauguration: Friday, 12 June, 2015, 6 pm
Date: 12 June – 17 June 2015
Time: 3 pm – 8 pm

The work was based on research by Saydia Gulrukh, social scientist, activist and a journalist; Rahnuma Ahmed, writer; Sadia Marium, photographer and photographs by Shahidul Alam, photographer and activist on the forced disappearance of Kalpana Chakma 19 years ago.The exhibition is the third in the series of expositions on Kalpana Chakma by Shahidul Alam and part of Drik’s ongoing “No More” campaign. It has been curated by A.S.M. Rezaur Rahman.This article on Kalpana Chakma and the exhibition was published in the ‘Star Weekend’ magazine of The Daily Star on June 26, 2015.See also: http://www.shahidulnews.com/kalpanas-warriors0102




The gala reception of the photography exhibition, “Bangladesh Through Our Eyes” held at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on the 12th of April.


Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh inaugurated the exhibition as the Chief Guest. Mr. Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, Ambassador of Turkey delivered welcome speech while Mr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik announced the award winners’ names. A big crowd of the members of diplomatic community were present.


For the last two months, Drik and Embassy of the Republic of Turkey have been instrumental in creating this exhibition. The exhibition contains photographs taken by the members of the diplomatic community in Bangladesh which depicts various aspects of life in Bangladesh. 39 Embassies/Missions have contributed to the exhibition with 63 photographs.


The exhibition was open for all at Drik Gallery during 14-23 April 2015. This exhibition was meant to be a new year’s gift from the diplomatic community to the people of Bangladesh.


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“In Focus: Justice and the Post-2015 Agenda”, a global photography exhibition on ‘Rule of Law’ by photo agencies “Majority World” and “Drik” opened at the United Nations on Monday, 2nd March 2015.


The installation was on display 2-27 March at the Palais de Nations and was complemented by informal discussions related to the Human Rights Council dialogue including new thinking on the Post-2015 development agenda.


The exhibit and discussion series builds on IDLO’s recent report, “Doing Justice to Sustainable Development: Integrating the Rule of Law into the Post-2015 Development Agenda” and will be featured throughout 2015 around key Rule of Law and Development fora.


Acting Director of the UN Office at Geneva Michael Møller, and representatives from the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Italy, the Netherlands, and Paraguay – co-sponsors of the event – join Director-General Khan in presenting the exhibit. Majority World Chairman Shahidul Alam delivered speech at the exhibit launch.


On the occasion of the 28th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in partnership with photo agencies, “Majority World” and “Drik” organised this global photography exhibition.


Saiful Islam, Managing Director of Majority World and ASM Rezaur Rahman, General Manager of Drik also attended the opening. Obaidullah Al Mamoon organised the printing of the exhibition and helped set up the show.


For more information, please visit www.shahidulnews.com/global-photography-exhibition-opens-at-un-rights-council-meeting.


Photography exhibition “Defying the Laws of Gravity” at London’s leading multicultural arts venue, Rick Mix

Defying the Laws of Gravity, an exhibition of world-class photography by seven Bangladeshi photographers held between 5-28 March 2015 at London’s leading multicultural arts venue, Rich Mix.


Majority World’s Chairman and Managing Director of Drik, Shahidul Alam introduced the exhibition by describing the journey of Bangladeshi photographers including his own – from the country’s brutal birth through the war of independence to the vibrant nation it is today.


The exhibition showcased seven Bangladeshi photographers who are at the forefront of one of the most powerful photographic movements of our time – one that challenges injustice and takes rightful ownership of the visual narrative of Bangladesh past, present, and future.


The exhibition was also a celebration of a group of extraordinary sister organisations all based in Bangladesh and founded by the same visionary, Shahidul Alam. Pathshala (training institute), Drik (multimedia  organisation), Chobi Mela (international  festival of photography) and Majority World (global photo agency) created a revolution in the global photographic industry.


Exhibition photographers: Abir Abdullah, Anisul Hoque, Jannatul Mawa, Sarker Protick, Shahidul Alam, Taslima Akhter and Tushikur Rahman.


Date: 5-28 March 2015
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm (London, local time)
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA


Rich Mix exhibition



IUCN and Drik launched the book “Rivers Beyond Borders: India-Bangladesh Trans-boundary River Atlas”




IUCN in collaboration with Drik have launched the book, “Rivers Beyond Borders: India-Bangladesh Trans-boundary River Atlas” on 28th February 2015 (Saturday), at 4 pm at Drik Gallery.


The launching event, followed by a photo exhibition, was attended by Prof. Ainun Nishat, former VC, Brac University, Dr. Mihir Kanti Majumder, Chairman, Bangladesh Bank, Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik, Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh and other distinguished guests.


When IUCN’s Ecosystems for Life started out its journey in 2010, the first task it set out to accomplish was to answer  the questions regarding which are the trans-boundary rivers between Bangladesh and India; where do they originate, and which are the most important rivers of this region. In trying to explore these questions, the idea of the River Atlas was born.


Bangladesh and India share fifty four large and small rivers. These rivers drain thousands of square kilometers and most importantly, represent complex ecological, socio-economic and cultural interdependencies. Rivers Beyond Borders: India-Bangladesh Trans-boundary River Atlas is a narrative of the 54 rivers crossing the borders between the two countries, celebrating their journey as they flow towards the Bay of Bengal. It combines maps, photographs, info graphics and narratives to chart out these rivers. The Atlas not only features the most revered river, the Ganga/Ganges, or the most iconic river, the Brahmaputra, but also lesser known rivers such as the Bijni or the Sonai Bardal or the Talma. But be it a river as long as the Brahmaputra (2900km) or a small river such as the Longla, each of these rivers is the lifeline of the people and communities living on its banks and at times has also been at the root of their sufferings. Many of them have not made it into printed books, but each of the rivers has a story to tell and has been the fountainhead of folklores of the local communities.


The Atlas strictly adheres to the official list of the rivers that was developed in the mid-80s by Indo- Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission. The spirit of the River Atlas is a clarion call to save and protect our rivers, big or small, from the brutality of abuse which would render them as a mere name in the list of lost rivers or the rivers of the bygone days.


Essential information regarding the book:

Rivers Beyond Borders: India Bangladesh Trans-boundary River Atlas

Ecosystem for life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Published by: Drik Publications

ISBN: 978-984-33-8361



Shahidul Alam awarded with Shilpakala Padak 


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Drik and Pathshala’s founder, legendary photographer Shahidul Alam has been awarded with prestigious “Shilapakala Padak”. He has received the award from the hands of Hon’ble President of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid on 19 February, 2015 at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.


Shahidul Alam shared his feelings on this achievement saying “Regardless of how many awards one might get from wherever in the globe, to be appreciated by one’s own community is always special. This is especially so in a medium like photography, which has long been ignored. I receive this award on behalf of the entire Bangladeshi photographic fraternity”.


This year seven senior artistes received the Shilpakala Padak. Mr. Shahidul Alam received the award for his extraordinary contributions in the world of photography. The other recipients were Bazlur Rahman Badol for dance, Lucky Inam for drama, Pandit Amaresh Roy Chowdhury for song, Pandit Madan Gopal Das for music, Syed Abdullah Khalid for fine arts and Ashraful Alam for recitation.


During the occasion, among other distinguished guests, Mr. Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy, Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Dr. Ranjit Kumat Biswas, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs were also present.



re:publica 2012 – The Borders of the Global Village

The world has watched the Arab Spring unfold, watched social networks and the ways in which they are censored in China and Iran. But what about regions that fall under the international media’s gaze less often, where the Internet is still in its infancy? What role do technological development, a society’s self-image and its level of education play in the spread of the Internet?


Author and DW journalist Cyrus Farivar offers food for thought in his book, “The Internet of Elsewhere.” He writes, “When the Internet arrives, it bumps up against various preexisting political, economic, social and cultural histories and contexts – and often what comes out are rather surprising results.”


That’s the backdrop for a discussion by the expert and BOB’s juror Shahidul Alam, who explores complex intersections between the Internet and society by looking at the example of Bangladesh.


Find out more: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnS1WaZmcxU



 CHOBI MELA VIII- ends with the promise to be back in 2017

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After two eventful weeks, Chobi Mela VIII, the international festival of photography ended on 5 February 2015. This was the eighth edition of Asia’s largest celebration of photography and visual storytelling organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. This time, Chobi Mela VIII explored the theme ‘Intimacy’ with the help of more than 30 artists from across 22 countries. The artists’ list included Abdollah Heidari, Alexandra Serrano, Andrea Diefenbach, Antoine Bruy, Anwar Hossain, Arthur Bondar, Cristina Nunez, Denis Dailleus, Dinesh Abiram, Hadi Uddin, Jana Romanova, Jannatul Mawa, Kevin Bubriski, Larry Towell, Laura El- Tantawy, Luis Gonjalez Palma, Mahesh Shantaram, Malcolm Hutcheson, Maria Kapajeva, Max Pinckers, Michel Le Belhomme, Nepal Picture Library (Archive), Paolo Patrizi, Philip Blenkinsop, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Sean Lee, Shirin Neshat, Simon Norfolk, Tapash Paul, Tushikur Rahman and Yusuf Sevincli.


According to the participants and visitors, the eighth edition was more appealing with lectures, panel discussions, artist talks, gallery walks, workshops and portfolio reviews. Other than the gallery exhibitions, all the other events ended on 30 January held at Goethe-Institut in two sessions from 24 January. At the closing ceremony, the festival director, Mr. Shahidul Alam promised to be back in 2017 with Chobi Mela IX.


Chobi Mela VIII was inaugurated on 23 January, 2015, at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy by the Honourable President of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid. Chobi Mela VIII honoured legendary photographer of Bangladesh Anwar Hossain with lifetime achievement award for his extraordinary contribution in photography. The impactful lectures, panel discussions, artist talks, gallery walks, workshops and portfolio reviews of Chobi Mela VIII were streamed live to a global audience. The programs, along with the inauguration ceremony could be seen in the archive section of chobimela.org/live.


A total of 32 print shows, a video projection and some art installations were displayed across the city at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Drik, Pathshala South Asia Media Institute, Alliance Francaise, Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, National Museum, Bokultola of Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Britto Arts Trust, Beauty Boarding, Northbrook Hall and Bulbul Lalitakala Academy. The rickshaw-van exhibition, carrying miniature versions of all the exhibits – a trademark of Chobi Mela since its third edition, travelled the streets of Dhaka, taking photography closer to the people. Venues such as the Bokultola, Bulbul Lalitakala Academy of Fine Arts and Beauty Boarding helped to take photography everywhere and make Chobi Mela more demographically inclusive.


Partners of Chobi Mela VIII were Ministry of Cultural Affairs, American Embassy, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Goethe Institut. Associate partners of Chobi Mela VIII are Berger Paint, Mutual Trust Bank and the Square Group. Helped by facilitating partners, Bangla Trac Communications, Beximco Group, Mohammadi Group, Novo Air, The Spanish Embassy and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Venue partners were The Alliance Française, BulBul Academy of Fine Arts, Bengal Foundation, Dhaka South City Corporation, The EMK Center and the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University for the shows, lectures and the presentations. Headoffice Communication, Atelier Robin Architects and Britto Arts Trust are creative partners. Intercloud has ensured our connectivity to the rest of the world. The Catalogue is a key component that was supported by BRAC Bank. Flora, The AK Khan and Company Limited and Eastern Bank provided more general support with hospitality being provided by Tiger Media. Mainstream media have also played a staggering role to spread the news among mass people and helped us to engage them with the festival.


The two-week long programme can be found in detail on the website: www.chobimela.org

For further information, please contact
Chobi Mela Secretariat
01792162533 | chobimelabd@gmail.com







 Drik’s publications available on www.amazon.co.uk

Here is a good news to share with Drik’s fan-followers, photo enthusiasts, book lovers from home and abroad, now publications (selective ones) from Drik are just a click away.



To get a copy of BANGLDESH. SEEN FROM WITHIN, Chobi Mela VIII, The Birth Pangs of a Nation and My journey as a witness, just log on to www.amazon.co.uk/books. Type the name of the book in the “Search” bar and hit the “Enter” or “Go” button.




For direct access to a particular book, please follow the shared web-link below:







Chobi Mela VIII




The Birth Pangs of a Nation




My journey as a witness






A three day long, Hay Festival was held at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka, from 20-22 November 2014 . Like previous year, Drik was one of the partners of this festival.

Drik undertook an initiative of publishing a series of books to portray a positive and promising country through photographs under the title “BANGLADESH. SEEN FROM WITHIN”. These books are expected to act as ambassadors of Bangladesh globally. The first book of this series “Ways of Life” was launched on the 1st day of the festival, on 20 November, 3.15 pm at KKTea Stage, Bangla Academy, Dhaka. Eminent photographer, writer and Managing Director of Drik, Shahidul Alam is the editor of the book. He was present during the launching ceremony and shared his thoughts on the publication saying, “Twenty five years ago, when we (Drik) set out to lay stake to our own identity, we hadn’t realised we were transforming the way we ourselves perceived our nation. Despite all the things that are not right in our nation there is much reason for hope. This rich, nuanced, insightful look at our community is the look of pride of a nation with self-belief. It celebrates both the power of photography and it celebrates the power of our photography.”

Ms. Rubana Huq, entrepreneur, writer who also wrote the introduction of the book, Mr. Fakrul Alam, Professor, Department of English, Dhaka University and other distinguished guests were present at the launching session.

Ms. Rubana Huq said, “It’s an album of intimacy where the land is represented with glimpse of people, work and passion. The collection is a story of life told with a great technique”.

Mr. Fakrul Alam said, “As Rabindranath did with his sishir bindu  or dewdrops, the photographs assembled in Bangladesh: Seen from Within draw our attention to the  charm and fascination of everyday life that we tend to overlook but that the eyes of the artist transform into images that may endure and appeal to readers forever. ”

On the 2nd day of the festival, 21 November, 7 pm Shahidul Alam provided insights into the craft of storytelling through a presentation  at KKTea Stage, Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

A book stall with Drik’s publications was available at the festival. Drik was bestowed upon with the responsibility to photo document the entire event too.

Drik’s Bangladesh:Band of the Lithe and Blithe
by Khademul Islam

Feature published in Dhaka Tribune’s supplement Arts & Letters on Drik’s latest publication BANGLADESH. SEEN FROM WITHIN.Read Here http://issuu.com/dhakatribune/docs/141207163242-c84f198a53bc49e29cd6d0183053fe9a/5?e=6924309%2F10469697


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Spanish Week 2014
Photography Competition and Exhibition






















As a part of celebrating Spanish Week, the Embassy of Spain in cooperation with Drik called for a photography competition on the theme INSPIRATION. Photo submission was from 27 August – 20 September 2014, 23.59 hrs. As anticipated, we received enormous positive response from photo enthusiasts of all age. It was a close call. Out of 4000+ submitted photographs, judges have found 57 inspirational moments to celebrate the Spanish Week in style. 

An exhibition with selected photographs from the competition started at Drik Gallery with an inauguration ceremony on 16 October, 2014. The inauguration ceremony included prize giving to the winning photographers and  a photo-book launch. Luis Tejada, Ambassador of Spain, Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik, other distinguished guests and artists were present during the inauguration.


First prize was won by Ashis Das for his photograph “Friendship Forever” which depicted friendship between two old women. The second prize was won by Kumar Bishwajit for his photograph titled “The light within” that shows underprivileged children trying to study at a night school without electricity in torch light. The 3rd prize went to “Turtles can fly” which was photographed by Kaisar Ahamed, where he captured a unique moment of a group of boys in a muddy field, filled up with rain water playing soccer with immense enthusiasm and joy.

Awards of the competition:

1st Prize: Canon EOS 60D with 18 135mm lens
2nd Prize: Canon EOS 1200D with 18-55mm lens
3rd Prize: Canon PS S110

The show stayed up till 22 October 2014. Our sincerest gratitude to all the participants who made this show a huge success.



PAPA Lab Dhaka @ Drik

Date: 13-27 September 2014


OXFAM/NOVIB invited PAPA(Participating Artists Press Agency) to do a PAPA Lab in Dhaka with a mix of photographers of DRIK and officers working in OXFAM/NOVIB and the partner organisation YPSA. PAPA’s method of reading the street in shared photo-walks gives an insight in the Tactics of Life in Dhaka. The PAPA Lab will lead to a PAPA Critical City Guide (CCG), a document that will be used as a starting point for a co-creation workshop in Dhaka in October 2014. The co-creation Workshop will be given by Butterfly Works. The co-creation workshop’s aim is to develop ideas for projects for the urban youth in several cities in South East Asia. Participants are Adnan Wahid, Habibul Haque,  Tapash Paul  from DRIK, Arifur Rahman, Abdus Sabur from YPSA and  Sumana Tanchangya,  Dhana Ranjan Tripura from OXFAM NOVIB. (Collected from www.papaplatform.com)



PAPA Assignment

Photo: Wahid Adnan/Drik




Drik signed MOU with Daffodil International University (DIU)

This MOU will ensure mutual understanding and collaboration between the two organisations in organising short course/training, workshops on photography, Art and Multimedia Technology.

This also includes programmes like faculty and official exchange between the organisations. We believe this relationship between the two organisations will help to initiate projects that will bring positive results in days to come.

Photo: Rasedul Islam/Drik

Appeal for Gaza





The exhibition “Appeal for Gaza” at Drik Gallery was inaugurated on 18 August 2014 at 6:00 pm.  This exhibition is part of the fundraising event for Gaza victims due to the recent Israeli attack on Palestine. After the event, remaining artworks will continue to be on sale at Drik office, its website and Facebook page.


The inauguration ceremony began with Gono Shongeet singer Mr. Kafil Ahmed’s song; “ Praan e Praan Melaboi Bole Rakhi”. Mr. Shaher Mohammad, Ambassador of Palestine in Bangladesh,  Mr. Saiful Islam, CEO Drik, Mr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director Drik, artist Monirul Islam, students from Palestine living in Bangladesh delivered speech and shared their thoughts. Prominent artists and corporate personalities of the country were present during the inauguration.



Artists including Abdus Shakoor Shah, Abir Abdullah, Bishwajit Goswami, Jamal Ahmed, Jannatul Mawa, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mohammad Anisul Hoque, Monirul Islam, Nasir Ali Mamun, Rokeya Sultana, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Saiful Huq Omi, Shahid Kabir, Shahidul Alam, Shishir Bhattachariya, Swapan Chowdhury, Taslima Akhter, Tapash Paul, Wakilur Rahman and many more have donated their artwork for this event.



The event also included cultural programmes every evening, i.e. play, poem recitation, musical performance, discussions etc.  On 19 August, flautist Shanto Kumar Das, poem reciter Iqbal Khorshed Jafar and Maskure Sattar Kollol, renowned singer Krishnokoli, Tanveer Alam Shwajeeb and on 20 August, stage artist Reetu Satter,poem reciter Rafiqul Islam and Ajharunnobi Rana, flautist Pronob Das, singer Labik Kamal Gourab and Waqeel Ahad expressed solidarity through their performance.



Special contributions were made by Bellissimo(Kazi Food Industries), Bengal Meat, Meena Bazar, Okapia Mobile and Samsung Electronics towards this fund raising.



The event is organised for appealing to all conscious citizens to stand in solidarity. The amount raised from the event was donated for the Palestinian victims in Gaza.



The event “Appeal for Gaza” is a part of Drik’s “No more” public awareness campaign.


Inauguration: 18 August at 6:00 pm

Date: 19 – 31 August 2014

Time: 10.00 am – 08.00 pm

Venue: Drik Gallery



National Cancer Survivors Day 2014




Drik Partners with Sanofi Bangladesh Limited to organise National Cancer Survivors Day 2014. It is a CELEBRATION OF LIFE for those who have survived and an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed.

National Cancer Survivors Day 2014 starts with a cycle rally “Ride with the Survivors” followed up by an experience sharing session at Drik with the cancer survivors, patients and doctors. The cycle rally starts on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:00 am in the morning from Manik Miah Avenue (In front of The National Parliament House Building) and finished at Drik.

Associate Partner: BDCyslists
Radio Partner: Radio Foorti






A Photography Exhibition by Shahidul Alam

Kalpana Chakma Abduction Day




Kalpana Chakma, a young leader of the Hill Women’s Federation, was abducted eighteen years back, from her home by military personnel and civilian law-enforcers on 12 June, 1996 at gunpoint. She remains missing.


The exhibition, by Bangladesh’s most well known photographer, Shahidul Alam, is a powerful and poignant essay that uses found objects, newspaper clippings, extracts from her diary and her personal belongings to produce a haunting but lyrical rendering of the deeply disturbing story.


The exhibition, part of Drik’s public awareness campaign “No More”, opened on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm, at Drik Gallery. It was inaugurated by Nurul Kabir, editor, New Age.


The exhibition “18” follows from the previous show “Searching for Kalpana Chakma”, a collaborative study begun last year by Shahidul Alam and anthropologist Saydia Gulrukh.


Drik’s No More campaign began in March 2010 with it’s exhibition “Crossfire” on extrajudicial killings by the Rapid Action Battalion. This was followed by the exhibitions “Murder Not Tragedy” highlighting the situation of garment workers. The exhibitions “Searching for Kalpana Chakma” in 2013 and the upcoming show “18” continue to question the impunity of state machineries and the complicity of the establishment.



Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography Bangladesh 2015







The eighth edition of Chobi Mela, the largest international festival of Asia has been scheduled to take place in January 2015. Organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala – South Asian Media Institute, it is one of the highlights of the Asian calendar.



A call for entry has been released for photographers to submit their work for the next festival. Theme for Chobi Mela VIII is selected through an online proposal and voting system. It was a close call. While it was ‘Intimacy’ that pulled through, all the four leading themes belonging, faith, love and intimacy vied evenly for attention.  Intimacy is perhaps apt as it encompasses much of the other concepts.


Photo practitioners are invited to submit their work on the theme, and are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their medium. Guidelines for both online and offline submissions are provided at www.chobimela.com/submission-guideline.


Deadline for submission has been set as June 8, 2014. For more information please log on to www.chobemela.org. You may also drop your queries to Chobi Mela Secretariat (chobimela@drik.net).





 Drik launches E-library!

Read while you are on the go with Drik E-library. Now, read our catalogue of e-books anywhere, anytime. We carry high quality e-books that are previously published by us offline. We digitized and diligently proofread them. These e-books are user-friendly for their responsive design. This new initiative will certainly satisfy the thirst of book lovers, who remain busy online, in most part of their day. Please follow the link and get access to series of e-books at drik.net/departments/e-library/






 Drik launches YouTube Channel!





Drik’s YouTube channel aims at informing and inspiring people through its video documentaries which address a range of social issues, both local and global — urban poverty, slum eviction, environmental disasters, education and health, women’s empowerment, workers’ rights etc. Subscribe  and post comments to let us know your thoughts about the video, or send an email to office@drik.net telling us what issues and perspectives are missing.






Exile in Calcutta by German Photographer Thomas Meyer at Drik Gallery

Thomas Meyer Photo Wahid Adnan of Drik


Exile in Calcutta, a photography exhibition by German photographer Thomas Meyer was inaugurated on April 15, 2014 at Drik Gallery, Dhaka. The exhibition was jointly organized by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh and Drik.


Judith Mirschberger, the Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh introduced the artist at the inauguration ceremony. Shahidul Alam, the Managing Director of Drik also spoke at the occasion.


In his series Exile in Calcutta, Thomas Meyer shows us environmental portraits of people living in Calcutta, whose roots belong to the present territory of Bangladesh. The individuals’ talk of what Calcutta means to them, their old and new homes, the possible trauma of being rendered homeless and making their way in a new environment. In doing so, they form a patchwork quilt of the modern experience of surviving as refugees. The Portraits are accompanied by some urban landscapes from Calcutta.


The exhibition was open for all till 21 April 2014, 3-8pm.


Visitors of the exhibition (Photo Wahid Adnan of Drik)



 News about Majority World photographers

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Digital Asset Management Training  

Date: 7 April to 11 April, 2014 Time: 9am – 5 pm Venue: Drik


Teaching Schedule: Digital Asset Management Training-2014



Drik arranged a workshop on Consultancy and Training in Image Archiving and DAM for Drik Images and photographers of Drik.  The workshop was conducted by consultant Graeme Cookson and Electric Lane’s owner and consultant Ms. Sarah Saunders who is an expert of image and data management. Her company, Electric Lane, advises and trains clients on image management issues, including digital image quality and standards, image archiving, sales and retrieval and metadata and key wording.  It was an eventful workshop which undoubtedly enhanced our expertise. Trainer: Ms. Sarah Saunder and Graeme Cookson (Electric Lane, London, UK); Participants: Drik Images Department and Photographers of Drik


Haiqing @ Drik

Date: April 9, 2014  Time: 4 pm Venue: Drik





Drik arranged an experience sharing session with renowned Chinese Photographer Wang Haiqing and his wife, photographer Sonia Mofiz, which has drawn a philosophical conclusion that a perfectionist mind, passion and perseverance that’s what makes an ordinary object, an extra-ordinary photograph.




Drik Photographers and Officials
Wang Haqing
Sonia Mofiz

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