Drik Picture Library, Bangladesh is a distinctive multimedia organisation that was established in 1989. Its major areas of expertise are advocacy and awareness campaigns, production of communication material and training. Drik is able to provide a one-stop cost effective multimedia services through its six departments – the Picture Agency, Photography, Publications, Audiovisual, RVJN (Rural Visual Journalism Network) and Gallery & Event Management.
Background to Drik
On 4th September 1989, a small group of people set up a picture agency in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Named ‘Drik’, the Sanskrit word for ‘vision’, it was registered in 1994 in its current Head Office ...
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Shahidul has managed to create a community… a truly concrete ensemble, which is a composite of all generations attached to their native soil, who share a much vaster territory than that of any one country.
You’ve done an amazing job and the problem is that you keep getting better and better – particularly Pathshala. I am in photographic education. I genuinely believe that Pathshala is the best photographic institution in the world right now, and we all aspire to be that.
D.J. Clarke, Director of Visual Journalism, Asia Center for Journalism; Lecturer, University of Bolton.
It is a deeply ambitious organisation, aiming on the one hand to be a 'challenge to the CNNs of this world, and on the other hand to be a local force for change. … [Drik] remains unbridled in its politics – against all odds.
Antonia Carver in Drik Images for change in ART AsiaPacific (Issue: 35, July/August/September 2002)