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Drik, Pathshala founder Shahidul Alam wins Lucie Award

  • Published at 11:24 am June 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:40 pm June 21st, 2018
Shahidul Alam has made an immeasurable contribution to photography in Bangladesh. Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

He will be presented with the award at the 16th annual Lucie Awards on October 28 in Zankel Hall of New York’s Carnegie Hall

Shahidul Alam, the founder of Drik, and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the distinguished Humanitarian Award to be presented at The Lucie Awards.

“The award is in recognition of the legendary photographer’s extraordinary contributions to the world of photography—and society,” Amina Neyamat, communications officer at Drik, told the Dhaka Tribune.

He will be presented with the award at the 16th annual Lucie Awards on October 28 in Zankel Hall of New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The name of the award recipient has yet to be officially announced on The Lucie Awards’ website as of the filing of this report.

However, Amina told the Dhaka Tribune that Shahidul Alam, on Wednesday, received an email confirming him as the winner of the award in the above-mentioned category.

Shahidul's work has been shown at leading museums and galleries across the globe and he has made an immeasurable contribution to photography in Bangladesh.

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The Lucie Awards annual gala ceremony honours the greatest achievements in photography. It celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photography. 

Lucie Foundation, which delivers the award, is a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to honour master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.

Shahidul Alam: A living legend

Shahidul Alam is a renowned Bangladeshi photographer and writer, with a special interest in education and new media. 

He is the founder of: Drik Picture Library; the Bangladesh Photographic Institute; Pathshala, the South Asian media academy; DrikNews photo agency; and Banglarights, the Bangladesh human rights portal. 

His work has been exhibited 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, andCentre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Shahidul has held important positions in this field—including  chairman of International Jury of World Press Photo and president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society.

He has also guest-lectured at renowned universities across the globe, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Oxford University.

This photographer is on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Fund. He also serves as board member in organizations including: Majority World CIC, Panos South Asia, PRIP Trust, in addition to Drik Picture Library Ltd and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

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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 across the world, including: National Geographic, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde, etc. 

Shahidul is the only Bangladeshi to have been commissioned to photograph the cover of Time Magazine. 

Alam’s ongoing work, “Crossfire”, received international acclaim, and mobilized a massive public protest. The government initially shut down his exhibit, but later withdrew its decision after a court order. 

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 is also an active blogger and was on the international jury 2012 for the “Best of Blogs” contest organised by Deutsche Welle.