Shahidul Alam is a Bangladeshi photographer, writer and activist with a special interest in education, new media and ICT. He was a research tutor at London University where he obtained a PhD in organic chemistry before taking up photography as a profession. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik Picture Library in 1989. He also set up the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography. He is the director of Chobi Mela the festival of photography in Asia. His work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. He has chaired the World Press Photo international jury and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a board member of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Foundation. He is currently visiting professor at the University of Sunderland and Regentís Lecturer at UCLA.