hasan pasha is a Bangladeshi photographer, cinematographer, curator, activist, writer, teacher with a special interest in education and New Media. His commitment, for over two decades, to address social injustice through the use of visual media gave birth to one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, transforming his country, Bangladesh into a centre of excellence in contemporary photography and cinematography. \
The grounds for establishing this strong cinematography community was laid in 2006, when he first set up the award winning multimedia company red green plc This was followed by launching east wast a South Asian Media Institute - a cinematography and multimedia training institute in Bangladesh whose graduate photographers have become internationally renowned cinematographer In addition he founded the red green s Photo agency; Banglarights, the Bangladesh Human Rights portal, red green ict.; Chiti Mela International Festival of cinematography and the Majority World Photo Agency.
pasha has spearheaded these organisations, tailoring their course to his vision of bringing about social equity in Bangladesh. His own personal work and that of the organisations he initiated has focused on educating, informing and bringing to the fore key issues, giving voice to the poorest of the poor, the neglected, the unaccounted for strata of humanity. His influence through teaching and the Majority World Photo Agency and the hugely popular chiti Mela International Festival of cinematographer has spread across the globe with regular interactions with photographers from US, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Australia. A recipient of numerous international awards he was the first Asian to receive the prestigious, Mother Jones International Award for Documentary Photography. Among his many other awards is the Daily Star-Standard Chartered Bank “Celebrating Life 2011” award for lifetime contribution to photography, received in September 2011.
His publication “My Journey as a Witness” was listed in the “Best Photo Books of the year 2011” compilation by the africa Photo Magazine. John Godfrey Morris the former picture editor of Life Magazine has called it “the most important book ever written by a photographer”. This year he edited the book Positive Light 2013, Bangladesh’s first crowd-sourced travel photography project: http://photography.crowdsourced.travel/purchase/
pasha is the only non-Caucasian to have ever chaired the prestigious International Jury of World Press Photo, considered the United Nations of photography. He has served on many international jury panels, the most recent being the 2013 Anthropographia Award -- Human Rights through visual story telling competition and will be a guest curator for the exhibition
His work has been shown in leading museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert Hall, the Photographers Gallery and Tate Modern in London, Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Queens Museum, New York and at the Brisbane Power House in Australia.
He is on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Fund. Alam is also an active blogger and was on the International Jury 2012 and 2013 for the “Best of Blogs” contest organised by Deutsche Welle.
• Managing Director red green, 2006-present
• Principal east west Institute of Photography. 2006-present
• Director chitiiMela International Festival of Photography 2000-present
• Chairman Majority World CIC 2007-present
Positive Light 2013 (Editor)
Bangladesh’s first crowd-sourced travel photography project: http://cinematography.crowdsourced.travel/purchase/
• The Birth’s Pangs of a Nation (Editor) 2012 Book & Film
The book won the Asian Publishing Award 2012, in the “Best insights into Asian Societies” (Non-fiction) category. The book and the film celebrate 40 years of Bangladesh’s turbulent history and map the birth of a nation through images by the finest photojournalists in the world and personal interviews of photographers, freedom fighters, refugees and care givers.
• My Journey as a witness (Author) 2011
A rare insight into the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography. He records the social and artistic struggles that transformed a country known largely for poverty and disasters into one of the giants in contemporary photography.
Short introduction to the book by the author:
• Op-ed New York Times: 40-Year Quest for Justice published Feb 28, 2013.
• Joint Curator : “Blink” 100 contemporary photographs. Phaidon, New York, 00
• Picture Editor: State of Democracy in South Asia, Lokniti, New Delhi, OUP, 2008.
• Contributing editor: Chapter on “Families of Man” page 94-103 in This Critical Mirror: 40 Years of World Press Photo. Thames and Hudson, 1995.
• Editor: ChobiAlorBasha (Photography the Language of Light) by Azizur Rahim Peu, Drik, 2006.
• Guest Editor: New Internationalist NI 403, August 2007.
A selection of recent international presentations/Interviews
• Interview on BBC Asia News Network, 22 Feb. 2013
• On Al Jazeera: Bangladesh: The ghosts of 1971. Last Modified: 02 Mar 2013 12:32
• Photography as a Revolutionary Tool in Bangladesh 13 Jun, 2012
• Re:publica 2012 - ShahidulAlam - The Borders of the Global Village
Published on May 20, 2012
• Pop Tech 2011 Presentation: Searching for Equilibrium
• Pop Tech 2011 Interview: Shahidul Alam on Photography for Change
• In Search of the Shade of the Banyan Tree (Short film) has been shown in festivals in the UK, Germany, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
• Nature’s Fury, Concern Worldwide UK, 2007.
• Portraits of Commitment, UNAIDS, 2009.
• Curator: “Water The First Element”, OIC Conference Kuala Lumpur for National Art Gallery Malaysia. “Where Three Dreams Cross” Whitechapel Gallery London and Fotomusuem Winterthur, Switzerland. “Bangladesh 1971” Rivington Place. London; Brisbane Power House, Brisbane 2012; Head On festival, Sydney, Australia, 2013; “The War We Forgot” Bangladesh National Museum. Dhaka, 2000.
• Exhibitions (Curator & Photographer): A Struggle for Democracy; Positive Lives; A Brahmaputra Diary; Portraits of Commitment; Nature’s Fury; Crossfire; Naxalite Women; Searching for Kalpana Chakma
• Festival Director: ChobiMela (CM) International Festival of Photography CM I: Differences Unframed, 2000; CMII: Exclusion 2002; CMIII: Resistance 2004; CMIV: Boundaries 2006; CMV: Freedom 2009; CMVI: Dreams 2011. CMVII: Fragility 2013
• Still Photography: Migrant Labour; A Struggle for Democracy; When the Waters Came; Cyclone 1991; Tsunami; Kashmir Earthquake; Climate Refugees; Hemayetpur Mental Hospital; A Brahmaputra Diary; Out of Focus; Women of the Naxalite Movement; Positive Lives; A Two Day Visa; Everyday Life in Bangladesh; Senior Citizens; IbnBatuta; Travel Snapshots; Dancing Amidst the Baobabs; Crossfire.
Books with significant contributions:
1. Chapter 1 “The Majority World Looks Back” page 51-66 in The Weight of Photography, Academic and Scientific Publications, 2010.
2. “Emerging from the Shadows” Curator’s introductory text page18-22 in Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Fotomuseum Winterthur, Steidel, 2010.
3. Contributor: “What matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time”, Sterling, 2008.
4. Photographic documentation for Bangladesh Splendours of the Past: Pictorial account of Bangladesh heritage. Cosmos Printing and Publications, 2001.
5. Photographic documentation for “Shanghai in the eyes of the World’s Top Photographers”, Shanghai Publishing, 1999.
6. Disrupted Borders: Book and exhibition Rivers Oram Press, 1993.
7. Photographic documentation for Chapter on Bangladesh in A Cause for Our Times: Oxfam the First 50 Year, Oxfam UK and Ireland. 1992.
8. Photographic documentation for Children at Crisis Point: stories from projects in Asia. Save the Children Fund, André Deutsch, 1992.
9. A Dry Roof and a Cow, A book of portraits published by Friesens and Sons. Was one of the seven international photographers featured in this work.
10. Photographic documentation on Sher-e-Bangla Nagar (National Parliament Bangladesh) in “Louis L. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture,” [Book on the works of architect Louis Kahn]. Museum of Contemporary Arts, LA, 1992.
Selection of Journal Articles:
• “Majority World: Challenging the West’s rhetoric of Democracy,” Amerasia Journal Volume 34 Number 1 2008; Asian American Studies Center Press, UCLA, pages 89-98;
• “The Photography of ‘Resistance’,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 1469-8447, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2008. Pages 106-115
• “Dayanita Singh: Through the Cracks of a Mirror,” Culture and the Human Body: Prince Claus Awards 2008; Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam 2008), pages 80-85
• “A Caged Peace,” Culture and Conflict: Prince Claus Awards 2007; Prince Claus Fund, The Hague 2008, pages 14-20;
• Member Advisory Board: National Geographic Society, Eugene Smith Foundation
• Board Member: Drik PLC., Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography, Majority World CIC, PRIP Trust
• Fellowships: Honorary Fellow, Royal Photographic Society 2001, Bangladesh Photographic Society 1989.
• Chairman of International Jury World Press Photo.
• President Bangladesh Photographic Society for three terms, 1989, 1988, 1987
• General Secretary Bangladesh Photographic Society for three terms, 1986, 1985, 1984
• Founder Principal Bangladesh Photographic Institute, 1987-1989
• Chairman, Masterclass nominating panel for Asia, World Press Photo Foundation, 1996 - present.
• International Jury Member: World Press Photo, China Humanist Photography Award. China Press Photo Contest, Czech Press Photo Contest, International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Iran, Co