Salma Abedin Prithi

Salma Abedin Prithi, Bangladesh

Salma Abedin Prithi is a Bangladeshi photographer interested in rituals and women’s iconography. A former news reporter and television presenter, she decided to pursue photography and graduated from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in 2012.

“Salma Abedin Prithi intelligently tells important stories that deal with social injustice, political violence and urban alienation with powerful visual narrative,” said Sarker Protick, photographer, teacher and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

Her 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project investigates the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the mental health of people in Bangladesh. By reconstructing events and staging her photographs, Salma Abedin Prithi wants to convey the magnitude of trauma and distress experienced by people trying to survive the pandemic.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented in November 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass