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Noor Alam is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka,Bangladesh. He  was born in 1980, has finished his 3-year graduation program in photojournalism at PATHSHALA, South Asian Media Academy in 2008.Now work with ZUMA press International(US), Drik Picture Library(BD),The Guardian(UK) as a contributor.He has also experience working in development sector INGO like UNICEF,UNDP,WFP,UK AID,BRAC,SWISS CONTACT,ACTION AID.

Noor’s works have been published in many Bangladeshi national newspapers and magazines, i.e. The daily Star, the daily New Age, The daily New Nation, The daily Ittefaq, the daily Prothom Alo, the monthly Purple, the weekly Ekattor, tri-monthly Shilparup and international publications including The Guardian(UK), Time Asia (Hong Kong), Himal Magazine (Nepal),TIF(Thalassaemia International Federation) Magazine(Cyprus).Zone zero (Web), The Black Snapper (Web).

Noor’s first solo exhibition Ballads of the Agonized Souls held at Zainul Gallery in May 2009, also a book with the same title launched, which depicts struggles of thalassaemia patients of Bangladesh.His second solo exhibition Tears on Highway held at Chobir Haat in November 2012. Besides, his photos have been shown in several group exhibitions, namely Morten Krogvold Students’ Works in International Photography Festival Chobi Mela IV at National Art Gallery in Dhaka in 2006, Something About Reflections at Alliance Française de Dacca in 2006, Portrait Photography at Goethe Institutes in 2002, Pathshala Students’ Work at Drik Gallery in Dhaka in 2008,Our Stories: Middle Class in Bangladesh at the Goethe-Institute Dhaka in 2009,.


2003: Portrait Photographyby famous portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, Bangladesh

2004Composition & Visual Sensitivity -by famous fine art photographer Hasan                            

          Shorufordin Chandan, Bangladesh

2005: Photography & Globalization-by famous documentary photographer Devid H Wells,USA

2006: Photography & Aesthetics-by fine art photographer Morten Krogvold,Norway

2006: Reportage-Joint Collaborative Program between Pathshala, Bangladesh & Oslo

University College, Oslo, Norway by Witold J Krassowsky, Poland

2006: Photography & Aesthetics-by famous Norwegian fine art photographer

Morten Krogvold, Norway

2009: Representing Establishment in Bangladesh– by Roman Bezjak, Germany

2011: Personal Story Tellingby documentary photographer Shourab Hura, India


 2003– Portrait Photography

Group Exhibition of Photography

Goethe Institute Dhaka

2006– Something About Reflections

Group Exhibition of Photography

Alliance Francaise


2007–Group Exhibition Of Students

International Photography Festival Chobi Mela IV 

National Art Gallery


2009– Ballads of the Agonized Souls

1st Solo Photograpy Exhibition

Zainul Gallery


2009Our Stories: Middle Class in Bangladesh

Group Exhibition of Photography



2010-Challenges of Resettlement

Group Exhibition of Photography

On The International Conference On Resettlement

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel


2011–4th show of Ballads of the Agonized Souls

14th International Thalassaemia Conference

WOW HOTE, Antalya, Turkey

2012Tears on Highway

2nd Solo Photography Exhibition

Chobir Haat (A Open Gallery) 


2013 Lungo Di Fume Padma 

Group Exhibition of Photography

Central Library Riva Del Garda, Italy 

2017Border Of Loneliness

Group Exhibition on Rohingya Crisis

Iranian Photogrphers House, Tehran 

Tears on Highway

early every morning, as i flip through the pages of the daily newspapers

i find bold headlines — “bus-truck collision at tangail”, “7 dead, 20 injured”,

“5 dead from the same family by private car-bus collision at sylhet”,

“44 people dead at chittagong as truck turns upside down into a ditch,

3 people in fatal condition………

everyday i see these news and I feel resentful, i feel loss, i feel empty, i feel helpless…….

again so many more lives lost before they flourished, so many more families losing their beloved one, so many more families losing their only earning member and turned poorer or penniless……..

i see nobody cares; neither do i, nor does my country……….

i am quite happy living my own normal life, i am quite relieved that i haven’t lost a beloved in these road accidents……..

fortunate me taking my morning tea, turning over and over the newspaper pages, thinking myself very lucky and living everyday of my life, yet dying every moment……..

Fishermen of the Padma River

Fishing is a one of the oldest profession in human history. From time immemorial, a large number of Bengali people have depended for their livelihood on fishing and related occupations. Fishermen in rural Bangladesh usually live a community life in neighborhoods or villages around the water bodies. They cooperate closely with one another not only in fishing, but also in economic activities, such as marketing and purchasing, and in social life and family affairs. They have lived communally for many generations, creating in the process their own history, distinct traditions, and patterns of daily life.

Padma is one of the biggest river of Bangladesh. Many fishing villages are growing around Padma. Fishing is their main profession. They do it from generation by generations. But nowadays the community has changed gradually. Due to the decrease in fishing grounds and fishery resources, members of the fishing communities have tended to leave their traditional occupation in search of other jobs. I worked on two fishing village name Bagra and Vaggokul at Mounsigong, mostly the villagers are Hindu religious. Once the villages are big but for the river collision it’s going smaller.For the last five years i try to document these communities daily lifestyle, believe and cultural activities which is lost day by day.

Ballads of the Agonized Souls

“When I brought Shabjal to Dhaka from Manikganj for his treatment, he didn’t want to let go of my hands because he was afraid of getting lost. my sweetheart is lost forever…  now wherever i go i carry this picture, i feel he is with me.”

Shahida Begum, Shabjal’s mother Shabjal,

died of thalassaemia, at the age of 14,

on shraban 7, 1414

Many mothers like Shahida Begum are just living with the memories of their lost loved ones. Hundreds of thousands of parents fight every moment to survive their children suffering from thalassaemia.

Ballads of the agonized souls is a combination of some still-life images and portraits. The still-live images contain the memories of the lost ones and the portraits represent the brave fighters who are fighting a battle against this deadly disease. According to a publication of world health organization (who) roughly 11.2 million people are thalassaemia carriers and 7,483 children are born with the disease every year with expected 3,74,154 living patients in Bangladesh. but most of the people in our country are not aware of it!

I am not a physician. nor a specialist about thalassaemia disease. rather merely a photographer. i only know that this fatal disease can be prevented. a mass consciousness is necessary to do that. I have been photographing people affected by the deadly disease for last two years. my intention of doing this project is to explore the real scenario as much as i can. the battle against this disease cannot be fought alone. a social movement is required to uproot thalassaemia where the government, media, physicians, guardians, patients and everyone will have roles to play. my effort is just to be a part of this cohesive battle.

Rangsbd office shooting