Anwar Hossain (photographer)

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Anwar Hossain
Anwar Hossain.jpg
Hossain in 2010
Born(1948-10-06)6 October 1948
Died1 December 2018(2018-12-01) (aged 70)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma materBangladesh University of Engineering and Technology , Film and Television Institute of Pune, India
OccupationCinematographer, photographer
Dolly Anwar (m. 1979–1991)

Miriam Hossain (m. 1993)

Anwar Hossain (6 October 1948 – 1 December 2018)[1][2] was a freedom fighter, Bangladeshi legendary photographer, cinematographer and Film Society activist.[3][4][5] He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Cinematography five times for the films Surja Dighal Bari (1979), Emiler Goenda Bahini (1980), Puroskar (1983), Anya Jibon (1995) and Lalsalu (2003).[6]

Father of modern photography in Bangladesh, Anwar Hossain showed forthcoming generations what constituted modern composition. He could have been a great architect; instead he took photography as a true profession ushering in a new era in the visual world. As a successful cinematographer, he created a unique visual language. The use of natural light in his contemporary approach to composition both in the case of photography and cinematography has been a remarkable lesson for new generations of photographers.[1]

Eminent artist Mustafa Monwar in the prologue of the book A Ballad of Bangladesh by Anwar Hossain, wrote, “The voyage of an artist through his own land never ends, however long his wanderings be. The land has bounds, but the artist's capacity to seek and behold is boundless. That's why I say that Anwar's voyage through Bangladesh is never to end. The pictures of this ballad are not of the kind an eye may see through the view-finder of a camera. These are the images conjured up in the kaleidoscope of an artist's consciousness. These are not the snap-shots of our common place world lit by the everyday sun. They are reflections of the images engraved in his soul by many flashes of empathy, borne through many seasons, nurtured in anguish and ecstasy.”[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Hossain was born in Old Dhaka in 1948.[2] He completed his SSC from Armanitola Government High School and HSC from Notre Dame College, Dhaka in 1965 and 1967 respectively.[8] He graduated in architecture from BUET and a diploma in cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of Pune, India.[9][10]


Hossain started his photography career in 1967.[11] His photography captured the Liberation War of Bangladesh.[2]

Hossain worked as a cinematographer of total 15 fictions and 30 documentary films.[12] Hossain is a film Society activist and a adviser of Moviyana Film Society.[13]

Personal life and death[edit]

Hossain met actress Dolly Ibrahim at the shooting of the film Surja Dighal Bari.[14][15] They got married in 1979 and later ended in divorce.[14][16] Hossain migrated to France after Dolly's death in 1991.[10][17] In 1993, he married Mariam, a French woman and had two sons Akash and Meghdut.[14][10][5]

Hossain was found dead in the Olio Dream Haven hotel in Panthapath area in Dhaka on 1 December 2018.[10] He had been staying at this hotel as he was serving as a judge for a local photography competition.[10]


Awards and honors[edit]

Hossain won more than 68 international awards in photography.[2]

  • Sole Jury, Commonwealth photo contest, Cyprus, 1980
  • Principal National Jury, Bangladesh, 2008–2011

Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh general secretary Belayat Hossain Mamun and others.

‘We are happy to declare that we are going to set up a foundation after the name of Anwar

Hossain, whose contributions to photography in the country is immense. [2]

The foundation will promote and preserve his works,’ said Ali Hossain Babu, who will head the trustee board of the foundation.

‘Freedom fighter Anwar Hossain played a significant role to popularise photography in the country and to make it of an international standard. The foundation will collect and preserve Hossain's works,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky. The foundation will help promote and preserve Anwar Hossain's photographs and other works, said Hossain's family members at a press conference on Saturday held at the seminar room of National Art Gallery. The conference was attended by Hossain's sons Akash Hossain and Meghdoot Hossain, Hossain's younger brother Ali Hossain Babu,[3]


  1. ^ "Renowned photographer Anwar Hossain found dead in Dhaka hotel". 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c d "ULAB hosts Anwar Hossain Photo Exhibit: 'Tutail 1971-2012'". University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
  3. ^ "Anwar Hossain's photography exhibition begins today". The Daily Star. 20 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Photographer Anwar Hossain found dead at a city hotel". The Daily Star. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  5. ^ a b "FFSB to organize memorial event for Anwar Hossain". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  6. ^ Rashed Shawon (14 August 2012). চার দশকে আমাদের সেরা চলচ্চিত্রগুলো [Best films of four decades] (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  7. ^ "Tribute to Anwar Hossain: The end of an era". The Daily Star. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  8. ^ Halim, Anwar Parvez (16 December 2015). "My dream of an archive remains a dream". Probe Weekly (Interview).
  9. ^ Imran, Nadee Naboneeta (5 April 2012). "The prolific eye- Anwar Hossain". New Age. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d e "The shutter comes to a stop". The Daily Star. 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  11. ^ "Remembering the legendary ANWAR HOSSAIN". The Daily Star. 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  12. ^ "Anwar Hossain Photo Exhibit begins Sunday". 17 March 2012. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Cinematography training workshop at Shilpakala". Cinematography training workshop at Shilpakala | Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  14. ^ a b c "আনোয়ার হোসেন". Gunijan. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  15. ^ "She caused a flutter in young hearts". The Daily Star. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  16. ^ "Send us a picture, Anwar bhai". Prothom Alo. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  17. ^ "Anwar Hossain portrays 25 years in France". Dhaka Tribune. 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2018-12-01.

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