Renowned photographer and cinematographer Anwar Hossain was found dead in a hotel room at Panthapath in the capital on Saturday.
Police broke open the door of room 809 of Hotel Olio Dream Haven around 11:30am and found his body lying on the bed.
No injury mark was found on his body, informed GG Biswas officer-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station.
Olio Dream Haven general manager Shohel Haider Khan told New Age that the Bangladeshi born French citizen Anwar Hossain boarded the hotel on November 28.
Though he received a French passport, he would often visit Bangladesh.
He had come to Dhaka for an event on November 28 and had been staying at the Hotel Olio.
Drik general manager ASM Rezaur Rahman said that two employees were sent to bring Hossain from the hotel to the event and found his door locked.
After knocking on the door and calling him for some time, they informed the hotel authorities.
Later, police were called in and police entered the room breaking open the door.
Born in 1948 at Aganabar Dewri in Dhaka’s old town, He passed matriculation from Armanitola Government High School in 1965 and HSC from Notre Dame College in Dhaka two years later.
He studied architecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and film studies at Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.
Anwar came to cinematography with the first film of Sheikh Niyamat Ali’s Surya Dighal Bari in 1979.
He has written a number of books on photography. He captured the liberation war and the movements preceding it.
He won more than 60 international awards in photography. He filmed 15 fictions and 30 documentaries and published eight major photo books.
He began photography in 1969 with a humble camera that he bought for Tk 30.
One of the photos from his first batch of clicks in 1969 won him a national award in Pakistan.
Anwar has been teaching for the last 40 years. Some of the country’s most prized film makers like Tarek Masud, Tanveer Mokammel, Mishuk Munier have all been his students.
He was the cinematographer of the film Shyamol Chhaya directed by Humayun Ahmed.
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