Acclaimed photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam, whose arrest drew huge criticism in home and abroad, has been named among winners of the prestigious ICP Infinity Awards.
International Centre of Photography, founded in 1974, is a world’s leading organisation dedicated to photography and visual culture.
‘At ICP’s annual Infinity Awards, we honour the significant talents of those using photography, writing, and visual arts to make an impact,’ an ICP release quoted its executive director Mark Lubell as saying.
‘As the news cycle continues to churn, and journalists remain under attack, this is the perfect moment to celebrate those who bravely harness the power of images to help inform our understanding of the world,’ he said.
The release said that in the pursuit of social justice Shahidul Alam set up the award-winning Drik Picture Library, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, and Chobi Mela international photography festival.
It also said that Shahidul’s book My Journey as a Witness was hailed as the ‘most important book ever written by a photographer.’
A release sent by Drik Picture Library said that the special presentation award would be given to Shahidul Alam in New York on April 2.
Shahidul Alam was held in jail for 108 days on charge of instigating anti-government movement after he spoke in favour of a peaceful student movement for safe road in 2018.
His arrest provoked outcry among leading global intellectuals including Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy.
His release was viewed by many as a victory in the fight for artistic freedom.
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