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Interview | Shahidul Alam, "The Empty Frame"

Interview | Shahidul Alam, "The Empty Frame" | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it
In the world of photography, Shahidul Alam needs no introduction. He started as a photographer of children, and went on to make a substantial contribution to the medium and its practice not just in his country, Bangladesh, but in the Subcontinent. He set up a photography school, Pathshala, in conjunction with the World Press Photo educational initiative. And he was instrumental in starting Asia’s very first photo festival, Chobi Mela, which attracts the world’s top professionals. In this conversation, he tells Open why the Indian photography movement lags others’, and how Bangladeshi photographers have finally quit cloning his work.

Photograph and Interview by Ronny Sen | Open Magazine
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Very Interesting article in which Shahidul Alam point out the importance of visual literacy, not only for photographers, but also for the professionals who surround them : " We do not have writers on photography at all, we don’t have good curators, we don’t have picture researchers, we don’t have good photo editors, we don’t have good agencies, agents for photographers. These all have to be in place for the medium and for the professional industry to be robust, sustainable and creatively vibrant."

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Mario Pires's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:13 AM

In is introduction to the article he curated, khicṛī's talks about the importance of visual literacy in India, and that made me think about the situation in Portugal, where the problems are somehow similar to the ones described in the article.

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Education | Call for Three Years Professional Programme in Photography in Bangladesh

Education | Call for Three Years Professional Programme in Photography in Bangladesh | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

Pathshala South Asian Media Academy is undoubtedly the best photography education centre of South Asia.

 

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'Land of a Thousand Cameras' by Naeem Mohaiemen

'Land of a Thousand Cameras' by Naeem Mohaiemen | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"As per semiotic theory, we make sense of visual phenomena in several ways: resemblance (it looks like what it is), logic (cause and effect), convention (objects that have symbolic value), and signification (the visible signifying something else altogether, although often related). What was intriguing about that "Transition" student photo portfolio was the shift away from the first element: resemblance. Very few images were what they looked like, the meaning was not immediately clear. Even the familiar city had become unmoored from landmarks. It was everywhere and nowhere. This could be the start of something different. Perhaps all this needs to be married to the fever dream embedded within those earlier, bucolic images..."

Text by Naeem Mohaiemen | The Daily Star 

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