Manzoor Alam Beg

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Manzoor Alam Beg
মনজুর আলম বেগ
Manzoor Alam Beg, Fine Art Photographer, Bangladesh.jpg
Manzoor Alam Beg. Photo Credit : Main Uddin
Born (1931-10-01)1 October 1931
Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Died 26 July 1998(1998-07-26) (aged 67)
Nationality Bangladeshi Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Occupation Photographer
Known for Fine Art Photography and Fine Art Photographic Movements in Bangladesh

Manzoor Alam Beg (Bengali: মনজুর আলম বেগ, 1 October 1931 - 26 July 1998) was a Bangladeshi photographer. He is a photographer of exceptional talent and international repute. He played a pioneering role in the modern art of photography movement in Bangladesh that began, by all accounts, with the setting up of the first photographic training centre known as Begart Institute of Photography (1960) and Bangladesh Photographic Society (1976) in Dhaka which he was the founding principal and former president. He was well known for his leadership qualities in organising photographers and photographic activities in a place that had practically no recent history of institutional or professional photography. Manzoor Alam Beg was honoured as ESFIAP at the FIAP ( The distinction "Excellence for Services Rendered" is awarded to those persons who have accomplished exceptional services over a long period for the benefit of The International Federation of Photographic Art ) 19th Congress in Germany,1987. He was honored with a title Aalokchitracharjo (The Chancellor of Photography) by BPS on behalf of Bangladeshi photographers community. He is considered as the Father of Fine Art Photography Movements in Bangladesh. Aalokchitracharjo (The Chancellor of Photography) Manzoor Alam Beg has been awarded the most prestigious Ekushey Podak given by Bangladesh government in 2007 besides 200 more national and international awards and honors.

Training and Education[edit]

He received photographic training at the Technical Training Centre of the Pakistan Air Force in Karachi (1949). UNESCO training on microfilming in Karachi (1957). British government training on document reproduction at Hatfield College of Technology in UK (1968). Kodak Colour Film course at Kodak Photographic School at Harrow in London (1968). Diploma in photography from the British Institute of Reprographic Technology (1976). A training course for information centre managers organised by UNESCO and the Government of India in New Delhi (1980).

Professional Careers[edit]

He served in following organizations.

  • United States Information Services (USIS), Dhaka 1955 - 1957.
  • PANSDOC National Documentation Centre, Karachi 1957 - 1960.
  • Bangladesh National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre BANSDOC Dhaka 1963 - 1988.

Books on photography[edit]

  1. Report on photography, Published in UK, 1968.
  2. Adhunik Photography, Published in India, 1974.
  3. Photography Formula, 1974.
  4. Photography Digest, 1981.
  5. Rangin Photo Printing, 1985.
  6. Microfilm ki o kano, 1991.
  7. Alokchitron shadakalo o Rangin, 1993.
  8. Darkroom Solution, 1994.


  • Honorary Fellow of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, 1983.
  • Honorary life membership of WIF (Worldview International Foundations), 1982.
  • Hon FPAD (The highest honour in photography) India, 1982.
  • CINE-SEEK PODAK by the Cine - Seek Audio- visual club Dhaka, 1986.
  • Awarded ASIIPC by the India International Photographic Council, 1991.
  • FSIPC by the India International Photographic Council (IIPC), 1997.
  • Photography Charcha honour at Calcutta Book Fair 1997.
  • Alokchitracharjo (Chancellor of Photography) by the Bangladesh Photographic Society, 1998 .


He received Ekushey Padak in 2007. Among many of his awards, notables are following:

  • The Cento Photo Contest Prize (Bronze) Ankara, 1968.
  • ACCU UNESCO Prize, Japan, 1976.
  • Hon Diploma, USSR, 1977.
  • ACCU Rotary Prize, Japan, 1977.
  • Two Hon Mention Prizes, Canada, 1977.
  • First Prize Photo kina, Germany, 1978.
  • First Prize, Pentax, Uk, 1986.
  • First prize World and I, USA, 1986.
  • First prize World and I, USA, 1987.