Ashfika Rahman selected for 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass
First Bangladeshi Female photographer selected for 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass
The first female Bangladeshi photographer and Pathshala Alumnus Ashfika Rahman, selected for the prestigious international platform for young photographers, Joop Swart Masterclass 2018. Organized by World Press Photo, this program announced the 12 young photographers of 9 different nationalities in its 25th edition.
World Press Photo’s nominating committee selected 219 young photographers this year, who were invited to submit their portfolios. Only 12 young photographers were selected and the selection committee reflected on this year’s candidate portfolios. The participants will receive an immersive, hands-on educational experience and will create a photo essay on one single theme.
Asfika Rahman is an artist from Dhaka Bangladesh, primarily works with a medium of classical dance and theatre. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, alternative printing and texts. She completed her photography studies from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and also studied in Hochschule Hannover, Germany.
Founded in 1994, the Joop Swart Masterclass has brought together some of the finest young photographers from around world, and leading professionals in the fields of documentary photography and photojournalism and since then 7 Bangladeshi photographers are Pathshala Alumni which includes GMB Akash (2002), Munem Wasif (2007), Andrew Biraj (2008), Saiful Huq Omi (2010) and Sarker Protick (2014), Samsul Alam Helal (2016) and Shadman Shahid (2017).