Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 10th annual Women’s show at Magnet Galleries, Melbourne, plus a review of Dr. Lauren Walsh’s exceptional book, Conversation…

For those of us who work in journalism the myth of the cavalier photojournalist who rushes toward conflict with zeal is well established. Robert Capa’s famous comment about photographers needing to get close to the action in order to capture the best picture is part of industry folklore. Don McCullin has spoken about the adrenalin rush of going to war, likening it to drug addiction. Tim Page’s antics during the Vietnam War have been immortalised in pop culture, Dennis Hopper’s character in the movie Apocalypse Now modelled on the British photographer. Yet while there are those who are lauded as celebrities, the vast majority of conflict photojournalists work in the background, committing themselves to covering some of the world’s darkest moments, to bearing witness to history, largely invisible to the outside world. Glory and money do not motivate them. In fact, these days it is more difficult to make ends meet than ever before. So what drives an individual to the frontline or to document the depths of human misery?

Using His Camera as a Witness and Weapon

Shahidul Alam, the acclaimed Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist, pushes against the limits of his medium to cast light on what is suppressed or has vanished.

Like Woody Guthrie, who called his guitar an anti-fascist weapon, the Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has used his camera for 35 years as a tool to advance social justice. He began by documenting street protests in Dhaka, the capital, in the mid-80s, making pictures in the tradition of the Magnum photographers, especially Henri Cartier-Bresson. But over time, he pushed against the natural constraints of a medium that registers what is seen, so that he might illuminate what is suppressed or has vanished.

Dawoud Bey, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shahidul Alam Win 2019 Infinity Awards | PDNPulse

The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Rosalind Fox Solomon at the ICP gala to be held April 2. Shahidul Alam, who was jailed108 days in 2018, will receive a Special Presentation.

The International Center of Photography has announced the winners of its 2019 Infinity Awards. Rosalind Fox Solomon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dawoud Bey will receive the award for Art. The Emerging Photographer award will go to Jess T. Dugan, who studied with Bey at Columbia College Chicago and last year published her portraits of older transgender and gender non-conforming adults in the book To Survive on This Shore. The awards will be presented at a gala on April 2 in New York City.

Shahidul Alam Released from Jail | PDNPulse

Shahidul Alam walked out of the Dhakha jail on Tuesday evening, 108 days after he was dragged from his home by police and five days after a high court granted him bail. A group of students and well-wishers greeted Alam, who was accompanied by his wife, Ra

The #freeshahidulalam Campaign: How You Can Help (Update) | PDNPulse

Shahidul Alam remains in jail. Amidst a security crackdown in Bangladesh, his supporters continue calling for his release—and ask others to support him and his colleagues in the press.

More than a week after police jailed Bangladeshi photographer, educator and activist Shahidul in order to silence him, his supporters continue to call on others in the photo community to join the #freeshahidulalam campaign.

Shahidul Alam by John G. Morris

I regard My Journey as a Witness by Shahidul Alam as the most remarkable book by a single photographer since a messenger brought me a first copy of The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1952. It is not that the two books should be compared, although they are approximately the same weight.

100 Eyes magazine – Bangladesh x Bangladesh

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100 Eyes magazine Bangladesh x Bangladesh:

This issue is over 200 pages and features work by Bangladeshi photographers Munem Wasif, Abir Abdullah, Tanvir Ahmed, Shahidul Alam, Monirul Alam, Murtada Bulbul, Saiful Huq Omi, Azidur Rahim Peu, Shehzad Noorani, Mohammad Kibria Palash, and Khaled Hassan.