Festival Director

Shahidul Alam

A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award-winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. A guest curator of the National Art Gallery in Malaysia and the Brussels Biennale, Alam’s numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Andrea Frank Awards. He has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo, which he chaired. A Honourary Fellow of the Bangladesh Photographic Society and the Royal Photographic Society Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University in the UK.




Munem Wasif

Munem Wasif is a documentary
photographer based in Dhaka. He has
been represented by Agence Vu in Paris
since 2008. Wasif was a participant in
the 2007 Joop Swart Masterclass and
has won several awards, including the
City of Perpignan Young Reporter's
Award at Visa pour l’image and the F25
Award for Concerned Photography from
Fabrica. He was one of the curators of
Chobimela VII International Festival of
Photography and currently teaches
documentary photography at South
Asian Media Institute, Pathshala. 

Tanzim Wahab

A photographer and lecturer, Tanzim Wahab is currently the Vice Principal of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Jointly with his co-editor Munem Wasif, he published two editions of Kamra- A comprehensive bangla book of
photography on setting ideas and debates in photographic history & theories. He has taught in several national and international workshops, including Oslo University & Pathshala Collaborative International Reportage Workshop, Kathmandu, Chobimela International Photo Festival
WorkshopsIV & V, Dhaka, Telling the Stories, Chittagong, Sylhet and Kathmandu.

A S M Rezaur Rahman

ASM Rezaur Rahman has designed and
curated many national and
international projects such as 'Tales
from a Globalising World' - the mobile
exhibition for Swiss Development
Cooperation, 'Jobra to Oslo' a
permanent exhibition for Grameen
Bank. His unique concept of creating
mobile exhibitions using local vehicles
has become a trademark in Bangladesh
and is now being replicated
internationally too. An ATSA Fellow Reza
is currently the General Manager of
Drik and a Lecturer on Curatorial
Practice at Pathshala South Asian Media


Guest Curators

Salauddin Ahmed

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Salauddin
Ahmed lived in the city until the age of
18, when he moved to the United
States for higher education. He has
worked in the office of Robert Venturi
and Denise Scott Brown, as well as the
Urban Planning Department of the City
of Portland, Oregon. Ahmed is currently
in architectural practice in Dhaka, and
involve in the local academia. 

Mahbubur Rahman

Mahbubur Rahman completed his
M.F.A in Drawing & Painting at the
Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
in 1993. In his career, spanning more
than two decades, he handles various
mediums and introduced several art
forms in the art scene of Bangladesh,
Mahbub has held a number of solos
and group shows at home and abroad.
He is a founder-trustee of Britto Arts
Trust, the first ever non-profit artists’ run



Nabil Rahman



Md. Kamal Hossen

Md. Kamal Hossen, Project Manager, Drik. His area of experience includes communication and advocacy, partnership management and networking with NGOs and local media outlets, research, publication and audio visual production. Prior to joining Drik he worked at BRAC Advocacy for Social Change for eight years. Kamal completed his Bachelors and Master Degree in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University.