Drik displays Shahidul’s selected photos

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 10:09pm on September 06, 2018


A visitor looks at a displayed photograph by Shahidul Alam at Drik Gallery. — Sony Ramany

Drik Picture Library has organised internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam’s solo show featuring selected photographs taken by the photographer on different political and social movements.
The week-long show displaying 25 photographs has been organised by Drik protesting against the detention of the internationally acclaimed photographer.
Shahidul has been held in detention by the law enforcement agencies since August 5 for his comments on the recent student movement in an interview with an international broadcasting channel, which the government termed as anti-state activity.
Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, human rights activist Khushi Kabir and professor Meghna Guhathakurta inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday. The show also marks 29th founding anniversary of Drik.
Among others, convener of Nagarik Sanghati Junayed Saki, anthropologist-writer Rahnuma Ahmed and barrister Jotirmoy Barua were present at the inauguration programme. The exhibition displays Shahidul’s photographs, which have been taken from 1980 till date.
The photographs depict the democratic movement of the 1980s, natural disasters, lives of migration workers, lives of sex workers, human rights violation, disappearances of political and international figures.
Shahidul’s photographs showing walls decorated with slogans during the democratic movement of the 1980s, pale and bleak face of a minor girl sitting forlorn after the devastating 1991 cyclone, aggrieved faces of students in prison van, burnt floors of garments factory Tazrin, a woman casting her vote and others have been displayed at the show.
The exhibition will remain open for all from 3:00pm to 8:00pm every day till September 10.