‘Nasir Ali Mamun: In Praise of Shadows’ premiered


Entertainment Desk :
A documentary film on eminent Bangladeshi photographer Nasir Ali Mamun, renowned for his unique approach to portrait photography and known as the Poet of the Camera was premiered at the National Art Gallery auditorium
of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital on Friday (May 10), said a press release.
The 62-minute long film titled ‘Nasir Ali Mamun: In Praise of Shadows’ (Chhayabandana), delves into life and legacy of Nasir Ali Mamun, is crafted by an expatriate British-Bangladeshi filmmaker Makbul Chowdhury under the banner of Kolakar Productions in Bengali language while British musician Jack Bloor framed music for the film.
The premiere show proceeded by a grand opening ceremony and country’s prominent writer and historian Professor Badruddin Umar inaugurated the event. In the meantime, Professor Emeritus of Dhaka University Serajul Islam Choudhury was present as the chief guest while thespian theatre director Nasir Uddin Yousuff Bachchu, noted filmmaker Morshedul Islam also joined the programme as special guests in the inaugural ceremony.
This documentary film illustrates and explores various aspects of Nasir Ali Mamun’s creative work as well as glorious role in the development of portrait photography in Bangladesh. With the aesthetic clicks of shutter, Nasir Ali Mamun has been capturing rare moments of creative and celebrities on camera for nearly five decades. He got an excellent opportunity to capture many photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Mawlana Bhashani, Polli Kobi (folk poet) Jashim Uddin, artist SM Sultan, Patua Kamrul Hasan, Mother Teresa, Les Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, and many more. On the eve of the 70s, (1972) Nasir Ali Mamun, is the very first photographer who started portrait photography as new genre in photography in Bangladesh.