11 October 2012

About Sarker Protick

Sarker Protick is an artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh, primarily works with the medium of light and sound. Graduated from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and currently teaches at the same institution. Former member of VII Photo Agency, Sarker is currently represented by East Wing Gallery.

Sarker Protick’s works are grounded around the ideas of Time and Space. Hovering between corporeal and meta-physical, Protick’s use of light as protagonist creates a truth that is more emotional than factual. His approach incorporates detail observations and subtle gestures to enter into the personal spaces. It is document only to a suspended reality, where time is perpetually slowed; and we are not just looking, but seeing. Whether working with family, environment or history, Protick’s work consistently deals with Time and how it transforms matter and life.

In 2014, he was named in British Journal Of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’. The same year, Protick 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 featured in numerous exhibitions, including Latvian Contemporary Museum of Photography, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Dhaka Art Summit, Art Dubai, Paris Photo, Noorderlicht etc.






2017 Chobi Mela Photo Festival IX, Bangladesh
2016 Solo – ‘What Remains’ at Latvina Museum of Photography
2016 Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea
2016 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2016 Gibellina Photoroad, Sicily, Italy
2016 Art Dubai, Eat Wing, Dubai
2015 Photo Quai Biannual, Paris, France
2015 Encontros da Imagem, Burga, Portugal
2015 Delhi Photo Festival, Delhi, India
2015 Paris Photo, East Wing, France
2015 Photoville, Instagram Show, New York, USA
2015 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Osnabrück, Germany
2015 Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia
2015 Defying the laws of gravity, Richmix London, United Kingdom
2014 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh
2014 Oxford Photofestival, Oxford, United Kingdom
2014 Eyes on Bangladesh, New York, USA
2013 Noorderlicht Photography Festival ’20 By 20′ Exhibition, The Netherlands
2013 Chobi Mela VII International Photography Festival, Bangladesh
2013 Tokyo Month of Photography, Japan
2013 Photovisa Festival, Moscow, Russia
2012 & 2013 Festival of Promenades Photographiques Vendome, France
2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Gronigen, The Netherlands
2012 Organ Vida Photo Festival, Croatia
2012 & 2013 World Bank Art Program: Bangladesh, India, USA
2012 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh


Astres Noirs
Offset Publication: ‘What Remains’
‘Under the Banyan Tree’, A 12 years retrospective book of Pathshala


The New York Times
The New York Times
The Sunday Times
The New Yorker
Le Monde
Marie Claire Magazine
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
National Geographic
Die Zeit
The British Journal of Photography
Helsingin Sanomat
Punctum Magazine
Photo Plus
Blow Magazine


2012 Prix Mark Grosset pour les écoles internationales de photographie, France
2012 Winner of World Bank Art Program USA
2014 ‘Ones to Watch’ – (featured), British Journal of Photography UK
2014 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class, The Netherlands
2015 PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographer, USA
2015 World Press Photo Award (For the story ‘What Remains’)
2016 Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards (First Book Category)
2016 Shortlisted Prix Nadar
2017 Winner of The Australian Photobook of the Year Grand Prize


  • 2009 – 2012 Professional Photography Program Pathshala – The South Asian Media Academy
  • 2005 – 2009 Bachelor in Business Administration, American International University – AIUB
  • 2011 – Documentary Photography Exchange, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • 2010 – New Media Journalism, University of Virginia – USA
  • 2012 – International Reporting, University of Oslo Norway / Pathshala, BD