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Best Bird Photography from the group Through The Lens
Though the Lens or TTL is an photography community and group based in Bangladesh recently started a submission on bird photography #TTLBird in Facebook. Due to huge response the submissions are divivided into two sections "Bird Photography" and "Bird in a Composition" Facebook I Instagram Below are the top photos from #TTLBird All Photos are selected by the Admin panel of the group Through The Lens (TTL) and Editor of Contact Sheet. All photographer are copyrighted by the photographers
Iconic Works of Hasan Chandan
Hasan Chandan is one of the master photographers of Bangladesh Chandan’s Autobiography My grandfather’s elder brother, Rois Uddin Mandal, was a pundit in Bogra. He taught art at “Guru Training” school around 1917. He was very enthusiastic about photography - a nascent science and art at that time. In the mid-30s he started practicing photography, developing and printing photos at his home. My father and all three of his brothers were inspired in photography from him in their childhood and became serious amateur photographers later in their life. When my father went to America in 1958 for a Hydroelectric Engineering diploma, he bought his first twin-lens reflex Rolleicord camera. He also purchased a Tower 8mm movie camera at that time. My father also used to make contact prints from 6X6 negatives at home. I saw all these from childhood. When I became seven, I used to show my friends the movies my father made in different places in America. Using his cameras at that time remained only a dream. One day I got a cheap camera (Kodak Click) from one of my uncles and my father loaded a film in that. I was overwhelmed and started shooting pictures of my surroundings. None of those negatives are with me now. I can remember that I didn’t take pictures only of my friends but of the beautiful landscapes of the Kaptai Dam at the Karnaphuli Hydroelectric Power Station area. After processing and printing of that film, my father was quite convinced of my hand in photography. One day he gave me his second twin lens camera Minolta Autocord - a professional camera, along with a bulb flash gun. He taught me a few techniques of achieving correct exposure - the Exposure Value System (EVS). I took lots of photos after that including my tenth birthday in 1970. My father embraced martyrdom on April 15, 1971. I grew up with the knowledge he gave me about photography and camera. I kept exploring photography since then with guidance from my uncle until 1981. In 1981, I found a child’s portrait taken by me, exhibiting in the country’s first national exhibition organized by the Bangladesh Photographic Society (BPS), credited in the name of the worker of the studio where I gave the negative for printing. I reported the incident to the then president of BPS, Mr. Manzur Alam Beg. After listening to the background and my interest in photography, he admitted me to the Begart Institute of Photography in September 1982, the first photography institute in Bangladesh established in earlier 1960. I became a member of BPS and won the first prize of the monthly photo contest on same month. A few months later another senior photographer Dr. Ansaruddin Ahmed in icddr,b having seen two of my photos told my mother, “Your son has got eyes.” His appreciation added fuel to the fire that had already been kindling within me and ushered me into photography with added zeal resulting into bagging quite a few numbers of prizes in BPS monthly contests until 1993. He was also my mentor in black and white printing and developing films. Became BPS Photographer of The Year in 1986, winning three prizes, 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention out of six awards. National awards from different photographic societies around the country just poured into my hand. Among 17 international awards, I got the first International Federation of Art Photography (FIAP) Gold Medal in Bangladesh, in an international photo contest in Spain, won the grand prize in the Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU), Japan. Also availed an Honorable Mention in NIKON Photo Contest 1986 and 3rd prize in 1991. I started my career as a freelance photographer since 1985, worked for UNICEF and many other NGOs including Container TV, Film and Television Production Inc., Switzerland, and many advertising agencies professionally until 1989. I worked as an official photographer for the Bangladesh National Museum in 1988, joined several workshops on photography, journalism, documentary, and architecture, conducted by both Bangladeshi and foreign trainers from the U.S., Germany, and England. Got the distinction ‘Artist’ from FIAP in 1991. Makin Agency of Photography was born, in 1990 in a storeroom at my home, to accommodate my increasing photographic activities including black and white printing. Some friends joined this home-based organization gradually, and the agency turned in to Map Photo Agency – the first cooperative photo agency in Bangladesh. In 1995, I was invited by the French Photographic Federation in an Author’s Exhibition. Ten photos from my book The People at Kamalapur Railway Station were exhibited in the Pablo Picasso Museum and the Victor Hugo Museum for one month (till date I am the only Bangladeshi photographer having such honor), where I got the FIAP and French Photographic Federation Silver Medal. FIAP awarded me with the “Excellence” distinction in 1996. I participated as Jury member in many national and international photography competitions organized in Bangladesh. Many photos were published in local and international newspapers including The New York Times, NY and Rheinische Post, Germany. Since 1991, I am teaching photography and lecturing in workshops, conducting basic courses in the Bangladesh Photographic Institute, served as the course coordinator, and lecturer for a course conducted by the Begart Institute of Photography. I am also working on various documentary projects and architectural, interior, industrial and archaeological photography professionally, and teaching photography at Architecture Department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and University of Asia Pacific (UAP). The classical book: People at Kamlapur Railway Station All Photos and contents (C) Hasan Chandan From the series of Amin Bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh All Photos and contents (C) Hasan Chandan Shots from Charukala, Dhaka, Bangladesh All Photos and contents (C) Hasan Chandan Compiled by the Editor
"I am not really a photographer, all I do is take pictures of my surroundings" : Nayeem Kalam
Nayeem Kalam was from Chittagong, Bangladesh, one of the most underrated photographers of Bangladesh. A photographer who always kept himself out of the spotlight. He captured each and every moment he lived and seen, unfortunately in 2019, Aug he passed away in his 40s. "Once I asked Nayeem Bhai to send a small biography and some photos to be feature in one of the online photographer Magazines, he sent 2 line biography of himself First of all I must tell you guys that I am not really a photographer, never had any formal education on photography, never read any books on it as well. All I do is take pictures of my surroundings wherever I may be and it gives me such great pleasure which I simply cannot describe. And one more thing....I like a bit of entertainment.
Thank you. Then after a year of his sad demise, I thought to share some of his works which all are available in his flickr account. To me, it felt like i am just in an ocean of a visual story, thousand of photos, millions of stories. He just used his camera to write down his personal diary. Very open about his personal life and viewer can feel each and every emotion he has gone through. I gave up going though his photos and I really want to see a proper archive of this great light collector." -- Saud Al Faisal, Freelance photographer, Bangladesh. Ata M Adnan , a professional photographer based in Chittagong, Bangladesh, who was also very close of Nayeem Kalam, remembers this great photographer is his own words: "NAYEEM Kalam, a photographer that I call my favorite. A photographer that has made a name for himself in the hearts of hundreds if not thousands of his viewers on Flickr. Nayeem Kalam, who passed away in his 40s, has been taking photos for more than two decades. I was fortunate enough to know him closely since the inception of my interest in photography in 2011. It was a blessing for me to find my favorite photographer in the world in my own hometown. We spoke for endless hours, always meeting on the streets where we would wait and shoot people. For him, taking photos was instinctive. He would carry his camera all the time, even inside his house. He would never go traveling for photos, but would insist on photographing whatever he was upto. With no formal education in photography, he had his own ideas and principles about the discipline. His peculiarities and traits made him special. For instance, he would only shoot at ISO-50 and ISO-3200 on his digital cameras, and would prefer to use the first generation of DSLRs for their film like colors. He would only shoot with prime lenses, and hardly used any post processing software. Everyone who followed his work knew his love for portraits- little did people know that his love for portraits came from his love for mankind. I’ve never seen anyone in my life who is able to treat people equally, giving so much dignity to streetside beggars and rickshaw pullers. It was even more surprising since he comes from one of the wealthiest families of the city but never took pride in materialistic belongings. I am always astounded by how warm and affectionate he was to me as a young photographer. The camera was his pen, and his photos are his stories that he has shared with the world. Like a true author, his stories were from the real world, his characters real, his photos drenched in true emotions. For people viewing his Flickr profile, his life was an open book- a life of suffering of the soul in many aspects, but also a life full of love and admiration for the world. Nayeem Kalam had an episode of stroke before passing away in August 2019." All Photos Copy Righted by the photographer (C) Text by Saud Al Faisal and Ata Adnan
Dhaka , City of lights, city of dreams for millions : amazing cityscapes by Meer Sadi
Meer Sadi a Dhaka,Bangladesh freelancer photographer how is capturing Dhaka city with an unique style to see the city from a very unseen angle. "I was born and brought up here in Dhaka, Bangladesh. My photography journey started in 2009, when I started falling in love with photography. I was a beginner freelance graphic designer at the time. So one day, while searching for stock photos for a project, I came across Flickr and I was simply overwhelmed and amazed by the photos that were taken by some brilliant Bangladeshi photographers." "I decided then that I would definitely try to learn the craft of photography and that is how everything started. It might sound as a cliché, but like anyone I wanted my work to be different and to stand out. In order to do that I had to choose something that hasn’t been done before by many or perhaps anyone at all in my home country. I have always been fascinated by different buildings and structures and how everything is interconnected within a city and hence I chose cityscape photography. I’m not very good with people so Street or Lifestyle photography wasn’t ideal for me. Also, being a resident of the city I have always wanted to portray it the way I’ve seen it through my lens." You see, a popular image of Bangladesh to the outside world is that it is basically a poor country (which there is no denying it is) with countless issues (a lot of which are true). What I set out to do through my work was to change that perception a little, there are other aspects to it and I wanted to share how one of the world’s most densely populated city looks from a wider perspective and from above. I decided to start working on a series about Dhaka in 2011 but I wasn’t very serious about it until 2012-2013. From 2012, I started visiting different locations for photos. I started connecting with a lot of people online. I had to go through a lot of trouble to get access to the high-rise building rooftops. But with time and a lot of persuasion I managed the permission and got the shots I wanted. Instagram I Flickr I Website All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C)
"My lockdown days as a mother homemaker and a photographer" by Ferdous Tasni
Ferdous Tasni is a Dhaka based photographer documents her lockdown days from personal viewpoint. Mid-March 2020, the world was already at the risk of widespread spread of infection caused by coronavirus pandemic (Covid -19).When the lockdown started here in Dhaka exactly 20th march many of us didn’t understand the concept of staying home for a long time……..my husband started working from home around 25th march and I also stopped going to the studio (newborn photography) we also told our temporary maid not to come for an uncertain time. As our country is one of the densely populated country in the world social distancing is nearly impossible socially, culturally and physically. Although we are in an atom family, but the family bonding is very strong within my in-laws family and we used to meet almost every day after the day’s work. As well as the friend circle is in also like our family members. It was difficult to adjust to this new normal life, keeping social distance from each other. New norm of keeping a safe distance, everyone is locked in their home like prisoners, being a mother of one child I can see children were becoming restless and hyper. I started photographing our daily activities as a mother, house maker and as a photographer and I saw amidst all this sadness, fear of unknown disease. However there are also saw some hope of positivity and beautiful side of life. I watched the beautiful bonding between my husband and daughter, I watched my husband creating music from his heart, and we got to cherish the little thing in life. While we were staying at home let the nature heal, we came to the realization that we need to live in harmony with mother nature and stop destroying our environment………. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Ferdous Tasni Ferdous Tasni is a freelance photographer from Bangladesh. She finishes her graduation in English literature from Premier University Chittagong. A hobbyist taking pictures all of her friends and family during her university life became serious in photography after her marriage when she shifted to Dhaka from Chittagong. She completed a basic photography course from Pathshala the south asian media academy in 2011, followed by few photography workshops and mentorship programs which helps her to understand the medium and language more deeply. She is more into social documentary photography and believes that she can raise awareness and address problems in society through her photographs. Her photo story published in The Daily Star a leading English daily in Bangladesh. Her photos selected and exhibited in many group exhibition organized by popular photography community in Bangladesh. Her photographs also selected and exhibited in AUW (Asian University for Women) Photo carnival.
"The day when she stopped drinking milk" , Pinki Biswas's work on modern life issue
Pinki Biswas Sanya Kolkata based photographer express the story of addiction of technology in her work. She was like a soft tranquil holy lively and lovely baby plant. Her presence always exposed a joyful ambience. Her heart was small but magnanimous; her little mind was a store of innocence, fun and love. Time passed by, her mind set, habits, attitude were transformed, but hearty feelings for parents and intimacy with them, was still unchanged. Her intimate world had started changing when she got her own mobile and gradually plunged into that. Her desire to enjoy her parent’s love and affection was vanished, she lost interest in reading and started avoiding duties. Mobile became her only thought and feeling in sleep and dream. The question which now hits the mind is that, would the mobile make her future as joyful as her childhood again? All Photos and text are Copy Righted by (C) About the photographer: PINKI BISWAS SANYA Creativity is my passion since childhood , I used to get fascinated by colours and their various expressions in our daily life .The early curiosity led to an inquiring mind and formal training in painting . Looking back, I find my present passion, photography, is actually an extension of my early love, painting. My camera has equipped me with an insight into human life in its various forms and complexities. As a photographer my work is focussed on recapturing multi-layered and rich slices of street life in India, women, old age, inevitability of diseases and death, human endeavours for survival. What I am doing is also photojournalism, chronicling life with man/woman at its core. I live by photography as I find it to be in perfect harmony with my self-effacing, quite nature.
HONOR - Photographic work has been exhibited in multiple National and International art galleries like Blank Wall Gallery(Athens, Greece), Birla Academy Of Art & Culture(Kolkata), Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala(Kolkata), ICCR(Kolkata), Gallery Gold(Kolkata), Academy Of Fine Arts(Kolkata), Chitrakoot Art Gallery(Kolkata), Chemould Art Gallery(Kolkata), Nagpur Photography Club, Rotaract Club of Vadodara etc.
Winner of multiple Photography Competitions organized by coinaphoto.com, PHOTOFIE, klickideas.com, Uttarbanga Sambad, ICCR, Citius Holidays Pvt Ltd etc.
Photographic work has been published and recognized by different platforms like HIPA, Camarena, World Photographic Forum, Global Photography Forum, Streethunters.net, The World Wide Street Photography Club, Black and White Photography group, Street photography in the world group, FOTOJAJS etc.
Winner of multiple Drawing and Painting Competitions at college and school level.
Striking Images by Rahul Talukder : Rohingya - Living in Exile
Rahul Talukder is a Bangladesh based documentary photographer tells the story of the Rohingya Refugee through his amazing photo series "Living in Exile Rohingya – Living in Exile Since late August 2017, more than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape the military’s large-scale campaign of ethnic cleansing. The atrocities committed by Burmese security forces, including mass killings, sexual violence, and widespread arson, amount to crimes against humanity. The United Nations described the military offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Before August, there were already around 307,500 Rohingya refugees living in camps, makeshift settlements and with host communities, according to the UNHCR. Rahul Talukder is a documentary photographer born in Bangladesh in 1991. What started as a passion for street photography later turned into a career choice. In 2011, he joined Pathshala to study documentary photography. Since then, he started working on different socio-political and cultural issues. In 2014, he won World Press Photo Award in the Spot News story category for his story 'Collapse of Rana Plaza'. He also won Sony World Photography Awards 2015 Professional category - Conceptual, Magnum Photos 30 Under 30, 4th Lumix Foto Festival - Freelens Award, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, IPA awards 2015, Sony World Photography Bangladesh National Awards 2017, Winner of the The Daily Star-Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Celebrating Life Awards 2012 etc. He has been awarded as the highly commended in Ian Parry Scholarship 2014, Runner up in the Alexia Foundation Student Grant 2015 and finalist in the 2014, Sony World Photography Awards - Student Focus 2014. His works have appeared in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Sunday Times and many others international media. He had exhibitions in locally and internationally including UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, India China, Greece, Australia and many other countries. email@example.com www.rahultalukder.com Instagram
Best of "My Favourite 2019" from the group Through The Lens
Though the Lens or TTL is an photography community and group based in Bangladesh recently started a submission for photographer's own favourite of 2019 #MyFav2019 in Facebook Below are the best of 2019 was select by the TTL Admin panel. Facebook I Instagram All Photos are selected by the Admin panel of the group Through The Lens (TTL) All photographer are copyrighted by the photographers
"Female faces in posters commonly are scrapped or overwritten", photos by Sudeepto Salam
Suddepto Salam, Dhaka, Bangladesh based photojournalist and fine art photographer documents and interesting feature of urban city life. In the journey from feudalism to capitalism, masculine will always dominated the whole world. Bangladesh is no exception. Here, in most of the cases, males don’t come in contact with the females except their mothers and sisters. They need to sit separately even in the co-education schools. As males can’t lead a regular life with the females until their marriage, they can’t imagine a normal relationship with them. Males preserve a secret desire about females in their psyche and often that desire is expressed from their sub conscious part of mind. That is the reason why we often find the portraits or pictures of females are scraped or overwritten on posters, stickers and newspapers. Dhaka-based photojournalist and fine-art photographer Sudeepto Salam started taking these photos since April 2015 from the capital of Bangladesh. All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C) About the photographer: Sudeepto Salam Sudeepto Salam was born in Malibagh,Dhaka. He finished studying M.A. with B.A. (hons) in Bengali Language and Literature fromJagannathUniversity. He has also finished Diploma Course in Professional Photography & Art History. He he has been working as a journalist for 12 years. Currently he is working at the Daily Prothom Alo, is the highest circulated and most read newspaper in Bangladesh. The online portal of Prothom Alo is the most visited Bangladeshi and Bengali website in the world. He wanted to be a writer besides photography. Now he is writing both fictions and non-fictions. He also translated English and Hindi writings to Bengali. He received Bangladesh Shishu Academy Shishu Sahitya Puraskar ( juvenile literature award by the national academy for children in Bangladesh) , Daily Ittefaq-Canon Photography award (2011), Honorable Mention award (Gold medal) of the 74th International Photographic Salon given by Asahi Shimbun Japan, Reader’s Digest Unseen Asia Photo Contest award, Honorable Mention Award at the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)'s Anti-corruption Photo Competition 2016, UNICEF's Meena Media Award 2017 & 2019, Brac Migration Media Award 2017 among others. Singing is the evidence for his passion for music. He is very much interested in history, science and archaeology.
"The eyes talk about the person's life" - Joy K Roy, a passionate Bangladeshi Photographer
Joy k Roy Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi photographer and an organizer, founder of one of the prominent photography club NPC. Contact Sheet is featuring Joy with his works and a short bio. Joy K Roy Chowdhury from his childhood, had a knack for creativity. His inclination to art was evident in his unique way of depicting small things of life initially through paint and brush then through the lens. At the age of five Joy started playing with brush and colors and within a short period of time his artistic mind got appreciated by his school teachers, friends and relatives. At his teen years, Joy got a small hot shot camera as a birthday gift from his parents. That day, silently, a photographer inside him was born. Whenever Joy got free time, or went for family trip he became totally involved in sketching the world around him through his camera. Gradually photography became a passion and a part of his life. He delved himself into serious photography when he started experimenting with different delicate lenses. Photography to him is canvassing the true color and joy of life. Throughout his journey of photography he tried his best to present any frame in a unique way. Capturing the true simplicity, emotion, pain, and pleasure of life through lenses, is his motto which in turn will inspire our next generation to explore the positive side of life more intrinsically. He is the founder member & president of Narayanganj Photographic Club (NPC) of Bangladesh. He loves to discover life in more meaningful way and make it truly memorable. A person who doesn't go loud about himself, can be traced from the way he works. Though he has proven his authority in various genres of photography starting from the ones with soothing aesthetic feel to documentation of hard core reality that affects human life, Joy loves clicking portraits and according to him, it is one of the strongest manifestation of the art of photography that can stir the present and bring about changes. Joy strongly believes that the "eye contact" in a portrait makes a huge difference. The eyes talk about the person's life; they tell their untold tales. It is a tough job to capture the right mood and the right expression that makes for an outstanding portrait. Or else it ends up in being a mere photograph. Joy sees it as a direct encounter with his subjects when their eyes look straight to the camera. His works show how important it is to catch the subjects in their right posture which will make the frame speak out loud. Upon asking how Joy manages to do this, he smiled and said, "I just talk; and keep talking to them." Face Book Page All Photos and text are Copy Righted by the photographer (C)
Haunted photos symbolise the "living being dead in a city" by Avishek
Dhaka based Bangladeshi photographer Avishek creates a symbolic photo series on morbid city life In a time of devastating diseases we live in the most polluted city in the world. Have we ever wondered how we survive? In this situation one must accept the reality or just be scared? This is a story of living being dead. About the photographer: Avishek Bhattacharjee is a fine art photographer from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been doing photography for the last 11 years. He is also a musician doing progressive rock & indian classical music. All Photos are Copy Righted by (C) Avishek Bhattacharjee
ZOO- A Death Cell, striking images by Enamul Kabir of abusing and harassing animals
Md Enamul Kabir is a Dhaka based freelance photographer, loves his photos to be concise and cohesive and he tries to achieve the best result possible with fewer subjects. ZOO- A Death Cell Their time is short, dear fellow Humans, and the end has come I accuse mankind of taking as its own property whatever, whoever, wherever it settles, may it be not in crucial need for the resource I accuse mankind of being both devilishly wicked and clever enough to imagine complex ideologies in order to justify in the eyes of future generations the harm caused now I accuse mankind of destroying, burning, exploiting, trading, reducing the biosphere I accuse mankind of having selfishly considered animals living in this biosphere as enclosed goods I accuse mankind of performing an empty gesture, by which I mean an hypocritical bid to clear its conscience I accuse capitalism as the main ideology of this two-faced manipulation I accuse capitalism of having concentrated in its hands the destinies and lives of many innocent animals I accuse capitalism of being guilty not only of crimes against Nature and Wild but more fundamentally of disseminating the mistaken belief that its own artificial creations and means would avoid or inverse the process I accuse zoos of being accomplices, by selling tickets to allow visitors come to spaces where animals are caged I accuse zoos of mistreating, abusing and harassing animals I accuse zoos of misleading the public, this brazen deceit of the peoples aiming at support the capitalist propaganda Finally, I accuse mankind of violating its very essence by destroying its own environment, I accuse capitalism of intrinsically underlying this destruction, and I accuse zoos of serving as a propaganda tool. My ignited exhibition is nothing more than the cry of my heart. Mighty Birds, king in the air Tightly blurred, dying behind bars Why? No taboo Fly they won't, deny you don't in such a sky The echo of my land, my dreams are daily illusions of shadows I’m losing myself in this perpetual flow I DON’T WANT YOUR DISTOPIA HUMAN! One of the lasts of his kind A lord there, dying alone, in his bored mind With the companionship of a caring Sheep My freedom my wildlife at the peaks that I will not reach anymore!!! I am like a statue, petrified my body bruised in this horror store YOU TOOK AWAY MY SAP! No, I LOST MY SAP A Mighty Crocodile far from its Mile, in this dirty mixture And you have taken a pretty picture But you are the caricature -prefer a selfie Goodbye my large space, hello ZOOBOX Goodbye Sky’s bird, hello SCISSORBOX CUT IN TWO! HUMAN YOU'VE TAKEN MY DIGNITY, MY REVOLT WILLCOME FROM THE WIND! Hurtle you never, little turtle Lazy traveler, cute scamp, owner of your schedule Hide now in your sell, hide from their hell They call it shelter, you can’t escape, can’t get out of this You are their camp, preZOOner We were peaceful lovers & escaped hateful poachers We have nothing left than each other in such a tenderness you'll never possess It's a story of colors, a mushy range of green & vivid oranges, It's a story from Borneo to Guantanamo, And it all ends in darkness for the hero. Dancer caught in its wood, Antlers cut in their blood, Bambi cries on his babyhood All Photos and text are Copy Righted by (C) Md Enamul Kabir About the photographer: Md Enamul Kabir is a Dhaka based freelance photographer. He has completed his Advance course in photography from Begat Photography of Institute. For him, photography is all about moment and story which becomes the witness. He loves his photos to be concise and cohesive and he tries to achieve the best result possible with fewer subjects. Apart that Enamul loves to take photos of animals. His works has been exhibited and Awarded around the world. Book we recommend By Nick Brandt :