Mamun displays portraits of celebrities

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:59, Apr 23,2018 | Updated: 19:23, Apr 23,2018


Visitors look at displayed photographs of celebrities on display at Bangladesh National Museum. — Snigdha Zaman

Renowned portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun is displaying portraits of eminent individuals at a solo show underway at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum.

The show titled ‘Photoseum’ features a total of 123 black and white photographs of renowned writers, artists, politicians, social workers, scientists and others.

Mamun, who pioneered portrait photography in the country, has shot the portraits in his signature style with dim, natural light on the subjects’ faces. He has displayed thought-provoking images of founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, former US president Bill Clinton, social worker Mother Teresa, artists like Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Patua Quamrul Hassan, SM Sultan, national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, poet Jasimuddin, Syed Shamsul Haque, novelist Humayun Ahmed, Humayun Azad, classical maestros like Bismillah Khan, Alla Rakha, Pundit Ravi Shankar, Pundit Hariprasad Chaurasia, actors like Asaduzzaman Noor, Ferdousi Majumder and others at the show, which has been dedicated to national professor Abdur Razzaq.

The show, organised by Bangladesh National Museum, was inaugurated by professor emeritus Anisuzzaman on April 10. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair, Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury and photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, among others, were present at the inauguration programme.

‘Mamun has pioneered portrait photography in the country. It was his fascination for capturing iconic moments of famous people that drove him take portraits of so many great individuals’, said professor emeritus Anisuzzaman.

‘For over four decades, Mamun has done what he loves to do. He never let himself get distracted by money or anything else’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.

‘I have been working as a portrait photographer for almost fifty years. I want to establish a photography museum (photoseum) where the portraits I have captured will be displayed. I request all to extend their helping hands in making my dream a success’, said Nasir Ali Mamun, who began his journey as a portrait photographer in 1972.

The exhibition will remain open for all till May 3.

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