Dr. Shahidul Alam

Founder and Director

Drik Picture Library Ltd.


Photographer, writer, curator and activist Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from London University before switching to photography. He has shown in MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou and Tate Modern and spoken at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, Alam is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society a visiting professor at Sunderland University and adjunct professor at RMIT. John Morris described his book, “My journey as a witness” as “the most important book ever written by a photographer”. In 2015 he received the highest award given to Bangladeshi artists, the Shilpakala Padak. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Photography Exhibition in China.