Alam received a PhD in chemistry from London University, then he decided to study photography. He started the Drik Agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute, and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography; which National Geographic calls "one of the finest schools of photography in the world". 
Photography shows[change | change source]
Alam's work has been in many galleries, including MoMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran.  Special shows include:
- New York Times review of “Crossfire” about murders by Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion. 
- Review of “Kalpana’s Warriors” at Gallery Art and Aesthetic, Delhi, about Kalpana Chakma, a human-rights activist from the Hill Women's Federation who disappeared.
Awards[change | change source]
Alam received many awards for photography, including the Mother Jones and the Andrea Frank Awards.
References[change | change source]
- CNN, Saeed Ahmed. "Yet another Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Phillips, Interview by Sarah (16 October 2011). "Photographer Shahidul Alam's best shot". Retrieved 2 August 2016 – via The Guardian.
- "National Geographic Events - Shahidul Alam - My Journey as a Witness". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Bangladesh. Shahidul Alam, Le photographe qui dérange | Photographe Marocain". photographemarocain.com (in French). Retrieved 2018-08-30.
- Gonzalez, David. "Where Death Squads Struck in Bangladesh". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Silent Witnesses". 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.