Tanzim Wahab


Tanzim Wahab is a curator, researcher and lecturer. He is the festival director of Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography. 

Wahab, alongside Munem Wasif, has published two editions of Kamra – a comprehensive publication in Bengali, setting ideas and debates of photographic history and theories. He has headed several curatorial research projects and exhibitions. In 2018, he was awarded a curatorial grant by The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) and Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) for the project (Dis) Place – an exhibition about displacement; looking at the possibility of a post-historical space and function as a symbolic “act of discharge” on Bangladesh’s fractious histories and geographies (with Hadrien Diez). 

Wahab was the Vice Principal of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute from 2013 - 2015, and is currently a lecturer at the institute. For the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Dhaka, he was a curator, and is now festival director. Wahab has also been a fellow of several programs, including Art for Social Change, United States, and Art Think South Asia (ATSA), India, among others. 

World Press Photo Involvement:
2022 World Press Photo Contest Asia jury chair
2019 Joop Swart Masterclass jury 
6x6 Global Talent Program nominator

Tanzim Wahab

Portrait credit: Salma Abedin Prithi