Pathshala is the primary institute of photography in the South Asia region, offering various short-term and long-term educational programs in photography, film and multimedia journalism throughout the year. Pathshala started in 1998. Since then, the institution has gradually grown into a full-fledged photography educational institution located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The students of Pathshala come from varied backgrounds and philosophies; and this is reflected in their bodies of work. The thought sharing process is organic in this institution, creating a multidisciplinary space which leverages new energy among the students.
The students of MMC's "Photojournalism" course were invited by Principal Mr. Kha. Ma Haron; a famous TV personality and founder of this institution; Dr. Shahidul Alam, on 6th August 2022, at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Panthpath, Dhaka.
Students were greeted with a warm welcome, by Mr. Kha Ma Harun Al Rashid and Khandakar Tanvir Murad who had briefed the students regarding the institute itself followed by a motivating and much anticipated speech by Dr. Shahidul Alam. Later on, the works of photography were also presented in front of the students of Pathshala.
The Course teacher of “Photo Journalism”, Mr. Niaz Majumder, who arranged the whole excursion also gave a brief demonstration about AIUB and MMC department and presented their activities through power point and YouTube.
In Bangladesh, one of the pioneers of modern Photo Journalism is Dr. Shahidul Alam, who has been working to promote photography and teach photographers since very long time. It has been a pleasure of AIUB’s Media and Mass Communication department’s student to meet such an honorable and aspiring personality.
What made the visit more fruitful was the interaction of students of both institutions. They spoke and exchanged ideas regarding their fields of studies. Although they share a similar field of interest there are lots of new areas for both the students to explore. AIUB students were overwhelmed to experience the practical oriented study space, where theories are farfetched and practical life implementations are prioritized.
Throughout the stay the students were busy photographing and documenting the place. A renowned photographer, Khandakar Tanvir Murad showed the students of AIUB some comparisons of before and after works of Pathshala students after which he also shared one of his inspiring, heart touching personal and emotional stories. At the end of the day the students of AIUB were treated to a grand lunch hosted by the institute.
The visit of Pathshala has surely inspired the students of AIUB, and enhanced both their technical and aesthetical skills, ideologies. They were keen to come back again to this amazing learning zone and grab whatever knowledge regarding this newer window of world they had discovered after the visit.