Solo photography show explores Mujib

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 13,2020


Visitors look at photographs of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the solo show of Nasir Ali Mamun at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi recently. — Press release

Renowned photographer Nasir Ali Mamun has displayed 17 unpublished and five published historic photographs of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his 59th solo exhibition under way at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka in city’s Dhanmondi area.

The 20-day exhibition titled ‘Joy Bangabandhu’ features a total of 22 photographs. It has been dedicated to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose birth centenary occasions the exhibition.

‘I have captured the photographs while covering different events of history. I hope the photographs will help the younger generation to be aware of some of the historic moments relating to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,’ said Nasir Ali Mamun.

French ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh was present as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition held on March 6 while eminent Paris-based Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed attended the event as the guest of honour.

The photographs give the viewers a glimpse into a new era that saw its beginning after the liberation war in 1971. Nasir Ali Mamun’s camera once defined the very contour of portrait photography in Bangladesh. In fact, he was instrumental in introducing portrait photography in the country. Often dubbed ‘the poet with the camera’, Mamun has taken some of the most iconic portraits Bangladesh has ever seen. His black and white images display a beautiful yet enigmatic and equivocal coalescence of light and shadow.

The photographs in the current exhibition captures events like Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic speech on March 7, 1971, Sheikh Mujib among national leaders at the Paltan Maidan, in a polling booth of the first national election on March 7, 1973, and his historic attendance at a national conference of Bangladesh Chhatra League in 1974 as the chief guest and others.

To mention a few works, a portrait photograph shows Mujibur Rahman smiling holding a pipe in his left hand in the scorching sunlight at the 2nd anniversary of Bangladesh Air Force on September 28, 1973.

Another photograph shows Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is praying along with the national leaders standing in front of a mic at Paltan Maidan on March 3, 1971.

The exhibition will remain open to all till March 24 while the gallery will remain closed on March 13 and 14.

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