Rashid Talukder

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Rashid Talukder
Born 24 October 1939
Baj Baj, Pargana, British India
Died 25 October 2011(2011-10-25) (aged 72)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Resting place Azimpur Graveyard, Dhaka
Nationality Bangladeshi
Occupation Photojournalist
Employer The Daily Ittefaq
Organization founder of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists' Association
Known for photographs of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971
Children one son and two daughters

Rashid Talukder (Bengali: রশীদ তালুকদার; 24 October 1939 – 25 October 2011) was a noted Bangladeshi photojournalist for The Daily Ittefaq, most known for capturing some of the defining images of the atrocities during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.[1]

Talukder was a founder of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists' Association. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chobi Mela, an international photography festival in Dhaka, in 2006, and the 2010 the 'Pioneer Photographer Award' given by National Geographic magazine.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born 24 October 1939 in Baj Baj, near Calcutta (now Kolkata) in Pargana (now 24 Parganas), British India (now in West Bengal, India).[3] He developed an interest in photography while still at school, and by the time he reached class 8 in 1945, he started working in the darkroom.[1]

Career[edit]

Talukdar started his career in 1962, as a press photographer with The Sangbad in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[4] After working here for a few years, he joined the The Daily Ittefaq, where he worked for 29 years as a photojournalist and during his career he most notably shot the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 against Pakistan and the photograph of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivering his historic speech on 7 March 1971. As he feared for his safety, many of his photographs were not published until 1993 when he was approached by the The Daily Star.[1][5][6] Few photographers were able to film and publish an account of the events. Outside of Bangladesh, Horst Faas and Michel Laurent of the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for best spot news photography in 1972, which appeared in a print as "Death in Dacca".[6]

He was the founder of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists' Association, and also a member of advisory councils of photographic organisations like Bangladesh Photographic Society.[3][5][7] In 2006, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions of photography at the Chobi Mela, an international photography festival in Dhaka,[1] and in 2010 he became the first Bangladeshi photographer to have won the prestigious 'Pioneer Photographer Award', part of the 'All Roads Photography Programme' of National Geographic magazine.[3][8][2]

List of notable photographs[edit]

Death[edit]

He died on 25 October 2011 at a Dhaka hospital, after a brief illness at the age of 72, and was survived by one son and two daughters. His death was condoled both by the President and the Prime Minister. As per his wishes he was buried next to his wife at the Azimpur graveyard in Dhaka.[8]

Exhibits[edit]

  • Exhibit: "Bangladesh 1971," Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (September–October 2008).[9]
  • Exhibit: "Where Three Dreams Cross," Whitechapel Gallery in London, UK (January–April 2010.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rashid Talukder no more". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 26 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b O'Neill, Claire (30 September 2010). "Spotlight on Rashid Talukder, Pioneering Bangladeshi Photographer". NPR News. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pioneer Award" (PDF) (PDF). National Geographic. 2010. 
  4. ^ "Photographer Rashid Talukder dies". The New Age(Bangladesh). 26 October 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Tribute to Rashid Talukder". The Independent (Bangladesh). 25 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Images of Independence, Finally Free". New York Times, Lens. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Lensman Rashid Talukder fights for life". bdnews24.com. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Rashid Talukder dead". The News Today. 26 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Fenwick, Andrew (16 September 2008). "PHOTOGRAPHY: Bangladesh 1971". Metro (UK). Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bangladesh:Where Three Dreams Cross". Right Vision News. 23 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

NPR: Spotlight On Rashid Talukder, Pioneering Bangladeshi Photographer