Shahidul Alam (image by and courtesy Tom Hatlestad)

This Thursday, Bangladeshi photographer, writer, human rights activist, and Time magazine 2018 person of the year Shahidul Alam will be at the International Center of Photography (ICP) to share his work and journey. He will discuss his successes and failures, taking the audience through the steps he’s taken as an activist.

Shahidul Alam, "Dal Lake, Kashmir, India" (2008) (image courtesy ICP)

Shahidul Alam, “Dal Lake, Kashmir, India” (2008) (image courtesy ICP)

Although Alam received his PhD in chemistry from London University, he soon after took up photography, and in 1984 traveled to Bangladesh to campaign to remove autocratic general Hussain Muhammad Ershad from office. During that time, he also created Drik Picture Library, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, and Chobi Mela international photography festival. He was recently held in custody by the Bangladeshi government for 102 days for posting “imaginary propaganda against the government” on his Facebook profile, causing “panic among public and caused deterioration of law and order.” He was granted bail on November 15.

This event is free and in conjunction with ICP’s 2019 Infinity Awards. Tickets can be reserved here.

When: Thursday, April 4, 6:30–8:30 pm
Where: International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery, Bowery, Manhattan

Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...