Name of product – SHAHIDUL ALAM – Singed but not Burnt | Edited by Ina Puri
Page: 243 (112 Illustration)
Dimension: 12x8 ½ in.
Editor: Ina Puri
Publisher: Emami Art
The first of its kind, the lavishly illustrated exhibition book edited by noted Indian writer and curator Ina Puri examines the work of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam. Combining art with activism, his photographs, as Shashi Tharoor puts it in his foreword to the book, “carry immense narrative power; their subjects – most often, ordinary people, often living in desperate poverty – are depicted with empathy and dignity.”
Structured on sixteen thematic photographic sections and two extensive interviews, it features over 100 mighty works from his early career in London in the 1980s to now. It presents the radical shifts in Alam’s photographic practices, showing his deep engagement in Bangladesh’s political life. Besides Alam’s photographs, the two interviews in the book, one between Alam and Ina Puri and the other between two photographers, Munem Wasif and Tanzim Wahab, who have known Alam closely, speak of Alam’s photographic vision and ideology, his many roles as an educator, photojournalist, human rights activist and institution builder.