Drik picture library

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Drik Picture Library Ltd. is an award winning picture library set up by Bangladeshi writer and photographer Shahidul Alam and Bangladeshi writer and anthropologist Rahnuma Ahmed. The agency was set up in 1989 to provide a platform for local photographers in the majority world. The Sanskrit word Drik, refers to vision, inner vision and philosophy. Drik has gone on to provide media services which includes web development, video production, print production and exhibitions. In 1998 it set up Pathshala: The South Asian Institute of Photography and Chobi Mela: the first festival of photography in Asia. Drik uses new media extensively in its activism and introduced email to Bangladesh in the early nineties. It also set up Banglarights, the Bangladesh Human Rights Network and DrikNews, independent news that extensively uses citizen journalism. More recently, Drik set up Majority World an unprecedented photo library and agency set up to promote the work of photographers from the Global South and to promote Fair Trade Photography.[1] It is headquartered in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, but also has branch offices in India and the UK.

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