tasteful presentation of life is something that photographers
have been doing since the discovery of the media itself. In
Bangladesh, as far as aesthetic quality is concerned, Map is
the name that stands apart.
started during the late eighties, is a platform that helped
produce better black and white photography. What Dhaka lacked
in absence of institutional supports is what Map created. They
built a house that catered, and still does, to the photographers
need to have access to technical support. Map was there when
DRIK was not even envisaged.
Photograph by Chandan
aspiring photographers thought of them as an extended family
and started this fraternity of sorts that meant to provide them
with a platform. A place from where they would be able to operate.
"It is a platform to share and help to form a circle, unselfishly,"
reveals the photographers in the preface of the book titled
Britto; which is a tome of their works. As for the show, it
is virtually a visual feast. The pictures are life and nature
dissected and presented by piecemeal.
La Galarie, where works of Chandan, Kiron, Khaled, Mahmud and
Sujan were showcased, one had an opportunity to taste their
artifice. The Show titled Britto started from the 13th and lasted
till the 24th of December. Their works that reveal their documentary-prone
selves supplements the exquisite beauty that these photographers
aim to achieve in many a picture. It is the works of Chandan
and Sujan that mostly want to transcend the boundary of represented
reality. This tendency brushes on to the works of others too.
Many works simply are beauty exemplified.
of real life also barge in. Perhaps not to meddle with the taste
with which the artists presented their works. But they did provide
glimpses of the reality with their bites almost intact. Kiron's
little street boy perched on an angular architectural structure,
Sujan's picture of a boy and a man giving bath to their two
water buffaloes are proof of this. The documentation of the
indigenous people too made a difference.
A Photograph by Sujan
was a good show from the contingent that once showed how young
photographers banded together to make a difference. It was encouraging
to see that they still have much of their old juice running.
was a charity show that strove to raise fund for Chinnamukul,
an organisation that was floated during the famine ’74 to help
out underprivileged children.