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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Rasel Chowdhury


A new discovery from the remarkable Pathshala School, founded and run by Shahidul Alam, a school that makes Bangladesh one of the most notable places for documentary photography. This very young man, who also participated in the workshops of Munem Wassif and Sohrab Hura, treats the pollution of his country in a manner that is at once spectacular, original, and delicate. A veritable work of landscape art, in refined, somewhat blurred and faded colors – An effect that we realize, little by little, is due to dust suspended in the air, to smoke, and to contamination. In large-scale frames, giving an astonishing sense of the pertinence of the grandeur of space and distance, he calmly draws the panorama of a disaster.

Born in 1988 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A graduate in photojournalism from the South Asian Institute of Photography in Pathshala, Rasel became an independent photographer in 2003. Many of his photographic series have social problems as their theme: Arduous Life, Vashashoinik, Land for Play, Lodrik, the Home of Old Heroes (Tibetan soldiers), Waiting for Own (Tibetan refugees). His work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and exhibited from 2005 to 2007. He articipated in many workshops in Bangladesh and abroad, conducted by Philip Blenkinsop of NOOR Images, Jorge Villacorta Chavec from Peru, Rupert Grey from the United Kingdom, Shannon Lee Castleman from Singapore, and Raghu Rai from Magnum.

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