Exhibition showcases Daddy’s works

Karoby Shihab | Published: 23:23, Mar 15,2020


Visitors look at works of the late photographer Golam Kasem Daddy at Drik Gallery in Dhaka on Sunday. — Sourav Lasker

Photographs and write-ups of the late photographer Golam Kasem Daddy are put on display at Drik Gallery in Dhaka.

The exhibition titled ‘When The Mind Says Yes’ has been organised by Drik Gallery.

Curator ASM Rezaur Rahman and renowned photographer and activist Shahidul Alam inaugurated the exhibition on February 4.

The exhibition features around 30 photographs taken by late Golam Kasem Daddy. Besides, Drik Gallery is also displaying hand written letters, few short stories and articles penned by the late photographer.

Golam Kasem, popularly known as Daddy, was a pioneer of photography in Bangladesh. Also, he was one of the early Bengali Muslim short story writers of the country.

He was born on November 5, 1894. His aunt raised him as his mother passed away right after his birth. He worked as a freelance photographer throughout decades. Golam Kasem Daddy sold his first photograph for Drik’s calendar in 1991. He was 98 years of age at that time.

He had immense passion for photography. He used to save his bus fare to school so that he could buy a brownie camera.

Animals, flowers and children were his favourite subject to capture. Golam Kasem preserved most of the negatives of his photographs.

In 1963, he founded a photography organisation titled ‘Camera Recreation Club’. At his home at Indira Road in Dhaka, he used to hold regular meetings. Poet Sufia Kamal, painter Quamrul Hassan, photographer Manzoor Alam Beg and other noted persons used to visit his work place regularly.

In 1998, Golam Kasem Daddy died at the age of 104.

‘Golam Kasem Daddy is considered a pioneer of photography in Bangladesh. Through his works we can get an idea of the scenarios of early 20s’, 30s’. Those photographs have anthropological values. New generation photographers don’t get to see his works often. So we thought to hold an exhibition where visitors will get a glimpse of his life and works,’ said curator ASM Rezaur Rahman.

‘Apart from his photography we are displaying his photographs taken by others as well. Besides, we have archived his glass plate negatives and his published stories and articles,’ he added.

All the photographs are printed from glass negative in black and white.

At the exhibition two photographs are depicting the bond between human and dog.

One photograph titled ‘Woman with her dog’ shows a lady hugging her dog. Another photograph titled ‘Friends’ shows a child standing beside a dog.

A portrait titled ‘Happy Girl’ shows a girl wearing shalwar-kamiz. The photo was taken in 1957 in Dhaka.

Two photographs titled ‘Open air class’ show a number of students sitting on a field with books in front of them. It was taken in 1961 in Dhaka.

Another photograph shows a lady fishing with a cast net. It was snapped at Kukrahati, Midnapore, West Bengal of India in 1922.

The exhibition will end on March 25.

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