Thought provoking global awareness lecture

Dr Shahidul Alam gained his PHD in chemistry but this wasn’t his true passion. It wasn’t until he stumbled upon photography on a chance trip to New York, when he purchased a camera for a friend who never claimed it, that he discovered his life’s calling. His camera became a tool for political activism, using the images he captured in what he considers to be ‘the war against injustice’. He illustrated his talk with a series of very beautiful but partly shocking images, discussing how perspectives in photography change according to the cultural background of the person taking them. Students and budding photographers in the audience were inspired to hear his advice on capturing meaningful photography and his take on what he considers to be ‘the majority world’ and not ‘the developing world’.

By Vincent Hasselbach, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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