Samsul Alam Helal selected for Joop Swart Masterclass 2016
Pathshala Alumnus and Bangladeshi photographer Samsul Alam Helal is selected for the prestigious international platform for young photographers, Joop Swart Masterclass 2016. Organized by World Press Photo, this program announced the 12 young photographers of 11 different nationalities in its 23rd edition.
World Press Photo’s nominating committee selected 167 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 into new ways of telling a story. The work we saw looked more daring – using artifacts, letters, drawings and found objects, to add to the narratives.
Samsul Alam Helal is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his Professional Program on photography from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Many of his works has been exhibited at Dhaka Art Summit (2016), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2015) New York, Noortherlicht Photo festival (2015) Netherlands, Encounter Da imagem (2015) Portugal, Eye on Bangladesh (2014) New York, and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (2013) Sunderland, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival (2013) Bangladesh and Festival of Promenades Photographiques (2013) France.
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 6 Bangladeshi photographers 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) and Sarker Protick (2014). Pathshala is the early school of Photography started in 1998 where the institution provides photography education throughout the year. Since then, the institution has slowly grown to become a full-fledged photo resource centre based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. From its modest beginnings Pathshala expanded attracting students from within Bangladesh as well as outside. The department of photography of Pathshala is recognized as an institution offering the highest quality education in photography currently available.