Shahidul Alam’s images on show in London

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Acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this autumn, when he was arrested in Dhaka on 05 August for making “provocative comments” following widespread protests against government corruption. After over 100 days in jail he’s now been freed on bail, and back in the media for his images – which is now on show in London. He’s included in the third FIX Photo Festival, which is open until 01 December in London, and also includes work by Magnum Photos’ Chris Steele-Perkins, Zaklina Anderson, Robert Clayton, Christian Nilson, Mercedes Parodi, Helen Petersen, Einar Sira, Chloe Rosser, and more, plus a symposium on women in photography.

FIX Photo Festival 2018, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwalk Street, London SE1 1RU

Choir in a Pentecostal church in Brixton, London, 1975 © Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos
Disco, Wolverhampton, England, 1978 © Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos
Khaleda Zia at pre election rally © Shahidul Alam
Koppla © Emily Bitcon
Anywhere was 12 © Helén Petersen
Lisbon © Robert D. Phillips
Floating Roses © Einar Sira
Dansband © Christian Nilson
Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is a freelance journalist who contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, The Calvert Journal, Aperture, FOAM, IMA, Aesthetica and Apollo Magazine. Prior to going freelance, she wrote and edited at BJP for 15 years. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy