Photography in Bangladesh: a medium on the move

F?ted internationally, the country?s photographers have struggled for status at home. Could that be about to change?

Water reservoir is for the Komolapur Railway station. It?s the main station in Bangladesh. Dhaka.

From the series ?Railway Longings? (2011-2015) by Rasel Chowdhury

The eerie moonscape of Munem Wasif?s new photographic series, ?Land of Undefined Territory?, appears empty. On closer inspection, it reveals the scars of industrial activity, from vehicle tracks to stone crushing. The sense of menace and alienation is compounded by a three-channel video with a grating soundtrack.
These digital black-and-white shots were taken along an indefinite border between Bangladesh and India ? disputed land that is now home to unregulated mining but which also soaked up the blood of past upheavals, from the first, temporary partition of Bengal under the viceroy in 1905, to Partition in 1947 and the Liberation war of 1971. Ostensible documentary veers into questioning in Wasif?s deeply unsettling yet distanced probing of history, territory, ownership and exploitation. Continue reading “Photography in Bangladesh: a medium on the move”

Gazi Nafiz Ahmed in prestigious VII Photo's Mentor Programme

VII Photo adds four photographers to Mentor programme

Pathshala alumni Gazi Nafiz Ahmed is one of the four photographers to be selected for the prestigious VII Photo Mentor programme.


Young girls dress themselves in mosque appropriate clothing borrowed from a bin at the entrance to the women’s section upon entering the Icherishahaer Mosque for Friday prayers in the old city of Baku, Azerbaijan on July 2, 2010. Image ? Amanda Rivkin / VII Mentor Programme.

Photographers Laura El-Tantawy, Nafis Ahmed, Jo?t Franko and Amanda Rivkin have been selected to join VII Photo’s Mentor Programme.
Author: Olivier Laurent
06 Jun 2012Tags:Vii photoPhoto agencies
The VII Mentor Program was launched three years ago to help young and emerging photographers build and polish the necessary skills to expand their professional practice. The photographers are selected by individual VII Photo members who will mentor them for two years.
This year, VII has added four new photographers to the programme – Gazi Nafis AhmedLaura El-TantawyJo?t Franko and Amanda Rivkin. Continue reading “Gazi Nafiz Ahmed in prestigious VII Photo's Mentor Programme”