Bangladesh thru lens of foreigners

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:57, Apr 21,2018


Visitors look at displayed photographs at Drik Gallery. — Snigdha Zaman

Foreigners living in Bangladesh have displayed photographs depicting natural beauty and lifestyle of people living in Bangladesh at a group show underway at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi.

The show titled ‘Bangladesh Through Our Eyes 2’ features 40 photographs taken by seventeen foreigners working in foreign missions in Bangladesh.

The displayed photographs show buildings of old Dhaka, sand crabs on a beach in Cox’s Bazar, birds living in urban areas, water lilies, rubber plantation and others.

Norwegian ambassador Sidsel Bleken’s has captured the dilapidated buildings of old Dhaka in the photograph titled ‘Old Dhaka’.

The photograph taken by Tor Andreas Torhaug, spouse of Norwegian ambassador, titled ‘Fast Forward’ shows rickshaws on city streets.

The displayed photograph titled ‘Birds in an Urban Environment’ by Dr Valli de Vries of Dutch embassy shows ducks foraging for food at an urban waterbody.

Lisa Lerch, 3rd secretary at the Embassy of Switzerland, has captured a barge loaded with sand moves through the river in her displayed photograph titled ‘On the river’.

Drik, in cooperation with Embassy of Germany, organised the exhibition. ASM Rezaur Rahman has curated the show, which began on April 16.

Earlier, a special preview of the photography exhibition was held at the German Embassy on April 8. Foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali was present as the chief guest at the event. Germany ambassador Dr Thomas Prinz delivered the welcome speech and managing director of Drik Shahidul Alam judged the photographs at the preview event.

The first prize went to Tor Andreas Torhaug, while the second and third prizes were won by Liam Costello and Lisa Lerch, respectively. Besides, Sidsel Bleken and first secretary at the Dutch embassy Laurent Umans won honourable mention awards.

The exhibition will remain open for all till April 25.

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