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Sydney 2013 Photo Festival | 'Crossfire' by Shahidul Alam

Sydney 2013 Photo Festival | 'Crossfire' by Shahidul Alam | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"Undeterred by his earlier experience, in 2010 Alam and his team at Drik launched Crossfire, a controversial project that exposed the actions of the Bangladesh government’s enforcement agency, the Rapid Action Battalion, who were basically given license to capture and execute their own people without due process. The photographs in Crossfire capture the locations where people have been killed, or from where they have disappeared.

“It was a national concern and we were horrified by what was happening,” Alam said. “We did this project because we had to. We thought seriously about what the modalities might be at an aesthetic level and also at a strategic level. We worked very hard at the audience engagement in terms of how we handled the media, how the news was taken out."

Photograph © Shahidul Alam
Interview by Alison Stieven-Taylor | Le Journal de la Photographie

  

 

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Photography Quaterly PIX : upcoming issue on 'Freedom'

Photography Quaterly PIX : upcoming issue on 'Freedom' | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"PIX is not a quarterly that rides solely on the photographs featured in the issues. (...) For every issue we juxtapose the photographers' bodies of work with a writer that we think would be able to best respond to those images. (...)

This process of combining practitioners from these two worlds sometimes leads to unexpectedly successful collaborations, for example, Indrajit Hazra's piece in the upcoming issue of PIX, speaking about Andrea Fernandes' series “Killing Kittens”. Hazra responded to the works instantaneously, providing a perspective that I feel completes the piece in a way. Incorporating text into the magazine gives it a new breathing space. (...) Photography, much like writing, is a kind of language. The images provoke some sort of feeling when one looks at them; they speak to you in some way. The writer takes that feeling and runs with it, and this is where the dialogue begins."

 

Tanvi Mishra | Interview for ArtInfo.com

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