Shadman Shahid is a photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. His work is focused the precarious balance of the corporeal and the spiritual of humans in contemporary society. Shadman’s photographic methodology walks a fine line between documentary and fiction driven by a strong sense of the aesthetic and connects often on magic-realism as a storytelling method.

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Shadman Shahid is a photographer, filmmaker and educator. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, his photographic methodology walks the line between documentary and fiction, often focusing on the precarious balance of the corporeal and spiritual of humans in contemporary society.

Shahid has received multiple accolades, including World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass, featured in British Journal of Photography’s ‘ones to watch’ (2016) and Burn Magazine’s emerging photographer (2018). He is currently the Head of the Masters Programme in Photography and Society at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, where he has been teaching since 2018.

Prior to moving to the Netherlands, Shadman was a lecturer at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute for three years, where he also received his Professional Photography degree in 2015. He later received his Masters in Photography from the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague in 2020.


Nederlands Fotomuseum
Nederlands Film Festival, “Life as we Know it” Exhibition in partnership with Fotodok NL
Noorderlicht International Foto Festival ,”Generation Z – on the verge of a new alphabet”

Colomboscape, Sri Lanka

Hamburg Photo Triennale
Indian Photo Festival – Hydrebad
Suwon Photography Festival, Korea

Angkor Photo Festival

Grand Prix Fotofestiwal / Lodz, Poland 
Slideshow Photo London / London, UK
Slideshow Photo Espana / Madrid, Spain
International exhibition of young photographers, Beijing