Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Parekh is best known for his work on the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. His book on the subject, "Bangladesh: A Brutal Birth", was the most influential documentation of atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces and the suffering of the native Bengali population.
Kishor Parekh (1930-1982)
Kishor Parekh was an Indian photojournalist. He was born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, and studied filmmaking and documentary photography at the University of Southern California. His work as a student won him numerous awards. He returned to India from 1960 to 1961 and became the chief photographer of the Hindustan Times.
He revolutionised reportage photography in India. He was the first one to introduced use of 35 mm camera, multi column pictures, credit lines in 60’s.His works have been published in Time Magazine, National Geographic, Paris Match, London Times, Starn and Popular Photographs.
Parekh is best known for his work on the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. His book on the subject, Bangladesh: A Brutal Birth, was a covered the atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces and the suffering of the native Bengali population. According to photographer Pablo Bartholomew: '"Bangladesh was Kishor’s highest point. Self-assigned, self-funded, driven by his own instincts, emotions and guts, in a two-week period he produced a startling set of images that became a powerful book and statement.". The Indian government commissioned 20,000 copies of the book to raise awareness of the war.
“IF I CANNOT RECORD THE SIGNIFICANT DEEPNESS OF THE HUMAN RACE THROUGH MY CAMERA, WHAT IS THE USE OF MY MEDIUM?”
Bangladesh - A Brutal Birth
The most important pictorial documentation of 1971 Bangladesh liberation
The book chronicles Parekh’s magnificent photographs on liberation war of Bangladesh. The exhibition gives little but powerful glimpse of helplessness of people, their suffering, and the horrors of army – all the pain that Bangladesh went through during liberation war.