Shahidul Alam is an award-winning photographer, academic and human rights defender. In 1989, he set up Drik picture library and in 1998 he founded Pathshala: South Asian Institute of Photography. Pathshala has trained hundreds of photographers been playing a pivotal role in changing the social attitude towards photography in Bangladesh. Shahidul's vision of Pathshala: 'it strives to do much more than teach photography. It is about using the language of images to bring about social change. It is about nurturing minds and encouraging critical thinking. It is about responsible citizenship. In a land where textual literacy is low, it is about reaching out where words have failed. In a society where sleek advertising images construct our sense of values, studying at Pathshala is about challenging cultures of dominance.' Shahidul is also a director of Chobi Mela, the festival of photography in Asia.