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Anwar Hossain’s French Diaries

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Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
A solo photography exhibition titled ‘French Diaries: 25 Years, 25 Images’ by world renowned photographer Anwar Hossain
is being held at La Galerie
of the Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD) in the city’s Dhanmondi area now.
The exhibition was inaugurated on January 22. The ceremony was followed by a special slideshow at Auditorium
Nouvelle Vague, AFD.
Dr Pierre Claquin, photographer and public health consultant, Dilip Das Gupta, Chevalier, Sr General Manager of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC and eminent photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, among others, were also present in the opening
ceremony. Bruno Plasse, Director of AFD, gave the welcome speech on the occasion.
In the exhibition, the photographs are Anwar Hossain’s reflection of a life of 25 years.
For the duration of this time,
he had been living in France.
In that sense, the exhibition is a kind of a ‘photographic
biography,’ though he appears more as a subjective human
being than a photo-biographer.
One such photograph, titled ‘Cartier Bresson’s Window,’ is
of rain droplets on the windowpane - from which the viewers will surely establish an
understanding, a recollection, or a kind of a sensitivity of their own than the perceptible
aesthetics. The impassioned embrace of the lips shared by
a couple, as photographed
by Hossain, can almost be
juxtaposed with the masterpiece ‘V-J Day in Times Square’ by Alfred Eisenstaedt, albeit the way the photographer
portrayed his is unobtrusive
and quite in nature.
The exhibition will continue
till January 30.  n

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