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Depicting the different ways of fighting poverty

  • Published at 07:18 pm October 24th, 2019
Act Together to End Poverty’
One of the displayed photos at the exhibition | Facebook

Solo photography exhibition Act Together to End Poverty held at EMK Center

Solo art exhibition Act Together to End Poverty is taking place at the EMK Center in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, showcasing photos of rural working class people who are fighting to overcome poverty every day. 

Organized by the EMK Center, the exhibit is displaying photos have been taken by Md Quddus Alam, in the rural areas of Gaibandha district. 

The exhibition, which was inaugurated on October 20, is being held to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which was observed on October 17. 

Displayed photos at the exhibition articulate vibrant livelihoods of the villagers in rural Gaibandha. In many photos, the visitors will find working women, trying to support their families and husbands. The photos are also a great way to know more about the life of people who live in rural areas. 

The inauguration ceremony was attended by EMK Center’s acting director Mr Asif Uddin Ahmed, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Kamp, and other visitors from the US Department of State, among others.  

In a statement, photographer Quddus Alam said: “Within a very short span of time, the people from North Bengal, especially from Char areas, are getting themselves out of poverty line. The farmers couldn't grow crops regularly even six to seven years back, but now they grow different kinds of crops and vegetables. 

"They are sending their kids to school for a better future. The gap between urban and rural of the concept of poverty needs to be changed, and I really appreciate EMK for taking such step and reducing the barrier," he added.

Md Quddus Alam has been working as a photographer since 1987. Currently, he is working as a multimedia journalist for Drik News in Gaibandha district. 

He won two awards for his photography: Celebrating Life Award, and  UFP Photography Award 2009.

His photos were exhibited in various  exhibitions and also placed in different organizations’ calendars, including the Daily Janakantha, Maasranga TV channel and the Daily Ittefaq.

The exhibition is open for all and will continue until Sunday.