Dhaka ~ Bangladesh
Shahidul Alam is founder and director of Drik Picture Library in Bangladesh Drik Picture Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Photography: Seventeen years ago, a small group of people set up a picture agency in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It was an unlikely location and the group was made up of media professionals that other agencies did not cater for, namely practitioners living and working in the majority world. They called their agency ‘Drik’, the Sanskrit word for ‘vision’. In the years that have followed, many others from Asia, Africa and Latin America have joined the original group. Drik pioneered the introduction of email into Bangladesh and continues to take the lead in new media. It launched the nation's first webzine, Meghbarta, the web portal Orientation, and the country's human rights portal Banglarights. It also established its own broad band direct satellite link. Drik's social commitment is central to its work ethos. A professional team staff Drik’s library, darkroom, studio, gallery and publication, multimedia and Internet departments. They provide state of the art media products for an international clientele, and also support a network of creative individuals around the world who challenge western media hegemony. The launch of the first festival of photography in Asia, Chobi Mela, and Drik Partnership, a global conglomerate consisting of some of the most innovative organisations in Asia, Africa and Europe, ensure that the majority world will continue to carve out a space for itself in world media.