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Resistance in a Time of Fear: Through Shahidul Alam’s Lens

  • When
  • January 21, 2020 5:30–7:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Shahidul Alam and Zeyba Rahman
  • Programs
  • Culture and Art

In 2018, renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam was jailed and tortured for speaking out against his government’s repressive response to the massive “road safety protests” taking place in Bangladesh that year. After pressure from both local and international Bangladeshi communities, authorities granted Alam his physical freedom, but his right to expression remains under constant threat.

At a moment when democracies around the world are at risk, this conversation, presented by the Open Society Culture and Art program, will explore some of the ways in which Alam is fearlessly pushing for freedom of expression through photography, activism, and community engagement.


  • Shahidul Alam


    Shahidul Alam, Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, is a photojournalist and activist living and working in Bangladesh.

  • Zeyba Rahman


    Zeyba Rahman is a senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation.

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