Drik Picture Library
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Drik Picture Library was set up by Bangladeshi writer and photographer Shahidul Alam and Bangladeshi writer and anthropologist Rahnuma Ahmed that has been awarded a grant by the Prince Claus Fund. The agency was set up in 1989 to provide a platform for local photographers in the majority world. Drik is Sanskrit for vision. Drik has gone on to provide media services that include 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,[n 1] the Bangladesh Human Rights Network, and DrikNews,[n 2] 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. It is headquartered in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, but also has branch offices in India and the UK.
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It is affiliated to Sunderland University and Bolton University in the UK; Oslo University College in Norway; Edith Cowan University in Australia; and The Danish School of Journalism. It provides a Bachelors degree in photography which is, however, not recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) or National University Affiliation with the country's oldest university, Dhaka University, is in process.
The school has however received death threats by fundamentalists claiming photography is un-Islamic. The school is now in its sixtinth year. Students have been active in social movements and have organised exhibitions addressing social concerns at overseas events.
Pathshala, after consultations with international and local experts and local stakeholders, has now been set up as a media academy, to help strengthen other fields of media.
Student awards have included first prize in World Press Photo Contest, The National Geographic All Roads Awards, and the Prix Pictet. Several students have made it to the Photo District News' 'PDN's 30 2008' and other lists.
Since 2007 Pathshala alumni, GMB Akash, Munem Wasif, Andrew Biraj, Saiful Huq Omi, have been selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass run by World Press Photo Foundation. Pathshala alumni Khaled Hasan and Saiful Huq Omi have won the National Geographic All Roads Awards, while alumni Munem Wasif received the Prix Pictet Commission on "Water".
- Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder, "Drik: Images for change", Nafas.
- "Drik Picture Library", Images against war, Galerie Lichtblick.
- Saad Hammadi, "Drik turns 18", New Age Xtra, 7–13 September 2007. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 18 December 2010.
- "Drik Picture Library Ltd", photography-now.com. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 10 February 2012.
- Indira Ravindran and Laila Duggan, "Case study 1: Drik: Out of focus"; in Jane Foster and Kumi Naidoo, eds, Young people at the centre: Participation and social change (London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2001; ISBN 0-85092-681-5).
- "Drik/Pathsala - Bangladesh", International Photographers and Researchers Network. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 1 July 2007.[n 3]
- "New from the Network - 12 September 2007: Events and training: Drik celebrates 18th birthday with new exhibition – Bangladesh Now", Creative Exchange. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 24 March 2008.
- The website of Banglarights is here.
- The website of DrikNews is here.
- Noscript text reads: UK to Bangladesh Host for Arabella Plouviez and Associate Partner / DRIK and Pathshala are the primary educational and managing agencies for photographic education and photo journalism in Bangladesh and SE Asia. Their programme is delivered in Dhaka and consists of an affiliated course to the University of Sunderland. The organsiations [sic] design and deliver the major SE Asian photography celebration Chobi Mela to a wide range of international photographers and institutions. They have a long track record of producing exhibitions and projects that provide a wider view of the political and economic realities of Bangladesh.
- "Network partnerships: Drik Picture Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh", Prince Claus Fund. Archived by the Wayback Machine on 4 July 2010.
- Fair Trade Photography
- http://www.newagebd.com/2009/sep/14/time.html.[broken citation]
- http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=70969[dead link]
- http://www.thesouthasian.org/archives/2008/ten_years_of_pathshala.html[dead link]
- "PDN's 30"