Update October 25, 2018: We are saddened that Shahidul Alam will not be joining us as originally planned, and remain hopeful for his safe release from imprisonment in Bangladesh.
We’ve ensured he will still be represented onstage and we will discuss the role he, his work, and his current status play in the world of photography and beyond.
Like so many of you, we are devastated and outraged by the imprisonment of the activist and photojournalist Shahidul Alam by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. His arrest stands as an assault on freedom of speech, a right that is imperative for peace, safety and advance of worldwide communities. As his hearing begins, we call on you to please hold Alam in your hearts and minds—and most importantly take action to demand his safe release. Find out more how you can help here.
We are honored to consider Shahidul Alam a colleague and friend who has generously offered to speak at our upcoming event Widening the Lens on November 2nd. We are aware that his presence at the event is dependent on the outcome of his impending trial. It is our deepest hope for his safe release, and will keep our community as up-to-date as possible regarding his tentative appearance at the event. We hope that together, we will have the opportunity to celebrate Shahidul in person at Widening the Lens and hear him discuss his work that is more timely and crucial than ever before.