Wednesday, 29th February 2012 | 7:00 pm
Join us at T2F for a rare insight into the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, through the eyes and voice of the man who shaped it.
An extraordinary artist, eloquent with words and images, Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, activist and social entrepreneur, leading us through the social and artistic struggles that transformed a country known largely for poverty and disasters into one of the giants in contemporary photography.
Lucid and personal, My Journey as a Witness engages the realities of survival with the larger vision of building a more egalitarian society. This is storytelling at its best, with over 100 photographs tracing Alam’s artistic career, activism, and the founding of remarkable photography organizations.
From early images shot in England in the 1980s, to photographs of the last two decades, mostly in his native Bangladesh, this is a journey from photojournalism into social justice. Alam’s superb imagery is matched by his perceptive accounts, deeply intimate and bitingly satirical.
The book is listed in the “Best Photo Books of the year 2011” compilation by American Photo Magazine. John Godfrey Morris the former picture editor of Life Magazine has called it “the most important book ever written by a photographer”.
Shahidul Alam was born in Bangladesh in 1955. Profoundly influenced by inequality in his country and the liberation war, he left a career in science in the west to pursue a life in photography challenging oppression and imperialism in all its forms. Attacked, arrested, and threatened with death, Alam has built what many consider to be the finest photography school in the world, an award winning agency, and the world’s most demographically diverse photo festival. Widely celebrated, Alam claims as his achievements not the awards he has won or the impressive list of exhibits, but the people he has trained and the lives he has transformed.
Date: Wednesday, 29th February, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.