Shadman Shahid selected for ‘Joop Swart Masterclass’ 2017


Pathshala Alumnus and Bangladeshi photographer Shadman Shahid is selected for the prestigious international platform for young photographers, Joop Swart Masterclass 2017. It is organized by World Press Photo; the announcement was made at the World Press Photo Festival in Amsterdam where they announced the 12 young photographers of 11 different nationalities in its 24th edition.

World Press Photo’s nominating committee selected 187 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: “Photographers are looking to tell stories with a strong visual vocabulary, a clear approach and consistency throughout their works, it was not only about craft but also the authorship and vision of the artist.” said by ‘Sarker Protick’ [Pathshala Faculty, Photographer, VII Photo] one of the selectors of the selection committee panel of this year.

Joop Swart Masterclass started in 1994, since then this achievement previously held by  seven  Bangladeshi photographers who all are Pathshala Alumni who all have got selected for this prestigious program which includes GMB Akash (2002), Munem Wasif (2007), Andrew Biraj (2008), Saiful Huq Omi (2010), Sarker Protick (2014) and Samsul Alam Helal (2016).

Shadman Shahid is a freelance documentary photographer born and raised in Dhaka Bangladesh. He has completed Three Years Professional Photography Program from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. His other achievements include – chosen as one of the “Ones to watch” by British Journal of Photography 2016, finalist in Grand Prix Foto festival 2016 and third Prize as emerging photographer of Asia in Dali International Photographic festival China in 2015. His work has been published in Invisible photographer Asia, Photografia Magazine, Archivozine Magazine Issue 15, British Journal of Photography Talent Issue and DOC Magazine. He is currently a faculty member at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

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