Bio

Samsul Alam Helal is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his graduation in photography from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

His recent work Love Studio depicts the portraits of a working class community where an old studio in Dhaka transforms into a neighborhood venue to represent the dreams, hopes and desires of the factory workers, their families and unemployed neighbors. In his another portrait series on Hijra (transgender community), the camera homes in on the unfolding drama, nothing but a short razzmatazz, that reads like a narrative, and exotic hieroglyphics as the protagonists represented make dancing and singing for an absent audience, or as an end in itself.

Helal wants to tell the stories of people and especially the groups of minority and the neglected class. Through his photographs, he explores their identity, dreams and longings to raise our curiosity and question. He often likes to stage in a studio setup where dramatic moods and vibrant colors are loudly presented. In oppose to mere fiction, Helal’s work represents a reality in an alternate space.

Exhibition

  • Kunsthalle Zurich, Speak Local, 2017
  • Colombo Art Biennale 2016
  • Dhaka Art Summit 2016
  • Bronx Museum, New york 2015
  • Noorderlicht Photo Feastival, Netherland 2015
  • Encontros Da Imagem, Portugal 2015
  • LIC Photo Gallery, New York 2014
  • Singapor International Photography Festival 2014
  • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland 2013
  • Festival of Promenades Photographiques, France 2013
  • Chobi Mela Photo Festival VII Bangladesh 2013
  • 8th Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia 2012
  • Senses Seven at Dhaka Art Centre, Bangladesh 2012
  • Delhi Photo Festival, India 2011
  • Longitude Latitude 4 An Art Happening, Bangladesh 2010

Multimedia Presentation

  • Schau Festival 2014 German
  • Teriennale Der Photographie Humberg 2015
  • South Asian Heritage Day in Royal Ontario Museum, London 2013
  • Obscure Photo festival 2013
  • Warsa Photo Day Poland 2013
  • Photo Circle in Nepal 2012

Workshop

  • International Reporting Program with Oslo University 2012
  • Story Telling (Collaboration Program, Bjerkely    Folkehøyskole, Norway and Pathshala    South Asian Media    Academy)
  • Multimedia Documentary Practice by DJ Clark (He is also Director of Multimedia Journalism at the Asia Centre for Journalismand Course Leader for the MA International Multimedia Journalism at Beijing Foreign Studies University (in collaboration with the University of Bolton, UK), 2010
  • Contemporary Photography Practice by Peter Bialobrezeski (Artist and Professor at the University of the Arts in Germany and represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, LA Galerie in Frankfurt/Germany and also shows with Robert Morat Gallery), 2011
  • Documentary Practice by Philip Belinkinsop (Co-founded Noor photography agency, World Press Photo Foundation jury 2007 & Ian Parry Scholarship jury 2007), 2012
  • Work In Progress by Sohrab Hura (Represented Magnum Photos, Curator for Delhi Photo Festival) 2011
  • Sensitive Experience: To go beyond the surface of    things by Laurence Leblanc (Represented by Agency VU), 2011
  • Copy Right by Rupet Grey, 2010

Award

  • The World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in 2016