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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Images on plights of ethnic people

Cultural Correspondent - May 14, 2009

Two ten daylong photography exhibitions titled ‘The Story of Tea Workers’ and ‘Stolen Forest’ organised by Society for Environment and Human Development (SHED) are being held simultaneously at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi.

 ‘The Story of Tea Workers’ includes photographs of Philip Gain that he took in different tea gardens with the tea workers in focus. Around 60 photographs, portraying the daily lifestyle of these workers, have stirred the interest of the visitors to the exhibition, as they create pathos in their mind. Possibly the most highlighted photograph is the one where an elderly female worker is sharing her house with a cow.

The exhibition also enthrals the visitors through the scenic beauty of the gardens, where some photographs are in panoramic view. The exhibition ‘Stolen Forest’ is a dual photography exhibition by Ronald Halder and Philip Gain. The exhibition focuses on the perilous condition of the country’s natural forests. Through the images, Ronald and Philip have shown the gradual destruction of Sundarban, forests in Chittagong Hill Tracts and especially, the Sal forest in Madhupur.

The photographs create awareness among the viewers that the country is rapidly loosing its forest patches and many of them have already been razed. The photographs on the hill tracts and on Sal forests show the miserable conditions of the destruction of eco-system of those regions. While presenting images of the endangered flora and fauna and the plights of the ethnic forest people, the photographers also did not forget to include the natural beauty of the images in their photos.

The exhibitions, inaugurated on May 10, will remain open from 3:00pm to 8:00pm till May 19.


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