Sarker Protick came to photography when one day during his graduate studies at University, he decided to take a picture of the sun with a camera phone. The bright sun immediately crashed his phone, the light proving too intense for his camera, but it did ignite his desire to make pictures.
In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography's annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Sarker was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2015, he went on to win a World Press Photo award for his story ‘What Remains’ and was listed in PDN’s 30 emerging photographers of the year.
His works have been published in The New York Times, GEO Magazine, The New Yorker, Liberation, Sunday Times, National Geographic, Wired, The British Journal of Photography, The Zeit, among many others. Sarker’s work have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Noorderlicht, Photovisa, Organ Vida, Dhaka Art Summit, Tokyo month of Photography, Festival of Promenades Photographiques, Grandprix Foto Festiwal Lodz, Norway's national festival of documentary photography and photojournalism, Photo Qaui Biannual, Obscura Photo etc.
Sarker is a member of VII Photo Agency and currently teaching at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy.
Some interesting information about Sarker
1. I am interested in both science and religion, and I am fascinated about Stars and Universe.
2. I am also interested in history and things that are in decay and death.
3. Music is also very important for me, as before coming into photography I was a musician and I still write and compose my music and combining with photographic work.
This is Sarker's first trip to Singapore and he's looking forward to seeing and knowing more about contemporary art and artists from Singapore.
Topic: Approach & Engagement by Sarker Protick
Date: Saturday, Jan 30
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Seminar Room
This lecture focuses on different aspects of story-telling, primarily one with long-term engagement. The workshop will use the example of contemporary photographic practice in Bangladesh, and using the tool of documentary photography will look at how different approaches can be used for such self-perused/self funded stories, which may deal with social, environmental and personal issues.
Who should attend: Participants can be of any age but must have a serious interest or commitment to photography. Those who are interested in long-term documentary photography projects and want to work on social, political, environmental issues or for a personal journey, should sign up.