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Past and Present Practice

Presented by: Miti Ruangkritya

Miti will examine the role of photography within an image rich world. 

He will discuss past work and present work relating to his photography practice. In the discussion, he will delve into exploring various approaches to photography, with and without using the camera as a primary tool.  Miti will also examine integrating text and installation as part of a photography project and share his recent experience of a 3 months residency in Tokyo.

Saiful Huq Omi

Building a Photography school named Counter Foto : Five lovely years of my life

Presented by: Saiful Huq Omi

Saiful Huq Omi will talk about his journey on building a photography school named Counter Foto in Dhaka. In the last five years, Counter Foto played a major role in promoting young emerging photographers. These photographers producing a body of work on social and human rights issues which are major concerns for the world. They are bringing the stories which one way or the other may bring a change to the society in near or future.  Social and cultural activists with the association of the student’s photographers also defined the journey of the Institute since its inception. Saiful Huq Omi will present a body of works of seven alumni of Counter Foto who are from Bangladesh and India.   


Afghanistan: Documenting Life and War

Presented by: Paula Bronstein

Over the years, Paula’s extensive work in various conflict zones has taught her to be a dedicated humanitarian photographer, provoking change and raising awareness, in this case on the long term effects of war. She learned that if war is not happening in your country quite often it is easier to turn away, her mission is to bring attention back to victims of war who have little voice – getting people to relate. Her book “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear “ published in August, 2016 documents Afghans living against a backdrop of war that chronicles 15 years in the war-torn country. After having received the grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting last year, she was able to specialise in a rather under-reported subject highlighting the war wounded as 2016 marked another milestone in the sharp rise of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan.

This presentation will also feature two multimedia pieces, Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear and The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War.

Tasneem Alsultan

More Than Just the Hijaab: Stories from Women in Saudi

Presented by: Tasneem Alsultan

A photographic ethnography on Saudi women who have to face society in order to receive any recognition. Cultural stigma and social pressures are major obstacles standing in the way of their freedom, as well as their personal and professional fulfilment and independence. However, in a region that is always portrayed as sexist, many women have been successful in empowering themselves, proving they can hold jobs that are higher than their male counterparts.