Safeguarding Eminent Bangladeshi Photographer's Collection

In partnership with the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF Maastricht), the Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) recently supported the immediate safeguarding of a virtual memoir of one of the most acclaimed photographers of Bangladesh, the late Mr Rashid Talukder. His collection embodies the photographic, journalistic, socio-cultural and historical values of the nation.

The project aimed to preserve his extensive collection, unsorted and absent from archives, by digitalising, logging and archiving the most important and delicate prints. As all negatives were stored in a steel trunk, wrapped in cloth and buried underground, this extraordinary collection was in a state of decay.Subsequent to the danger of fading, many negatives also required a thorough treatment process in order to prevent the spread of fungus that was threatening to reduce their quality.

Rashid Talukder singularly contributed to the emergence of high quality photojournalism in Bangladesh. One of the visionaries of the country, he left no stone unturned to gain recognition for photojournalism as a profound profession by producing alluring and compelling images. During the Liberation War of 1971, Talukder produced numerous iconic photos that stand as a testament to the political and social circumstances of the time. By preserving the images of this renowned photographer, the unseen history of Bangladesh will be opened up to its 168 million people, thereby having social, cultural and historical implications on the nation and beyond.

The Rashid Talukder’s collection has since been added to Drik Picture Library Image Bank. This allows access to Bangladesh’s visual history for future researchers, students and the general public whilst also setting a benchmark for current photojournalists on professional reportage. Moreover, an exhibition at the Parliamentary Building (Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban) in Dhaka allowed the public to view the images.

Safeguarding Eminent Bangladeshi Photographer's Collection

"During the Liberation War, Talukder produced iconic photos"

TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht

Presenting 275 of the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a continuously evolving showcase for the best works of art currently on the market. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master Paintings and antique Works of Art, at TEFAF Maastricht you can see and buy a wide variety of Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, Photographs, Jewellery, Twentieth Century Design and Works on Paper.

TEFAF and the Prince Claus Fund are convinced of the importance to save art and cultural heritage after disaster or conflict. Culture and heritage provide a sense of belonging, identity and continuity which are crucial when rebuilding a community. TEFAF has supported the Prince Claus Fund Emergency Response Programme since 2008.

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Drik  Picture Library

Drik Picture Library

Drik: Profile Drik, Bangladesh is a distinctive multimedia organisation that has made challenging social inequality its central driving force. Over the last two decades Drik has successfully partnered with national and international organisations to conduct several successful socially responsible programs. Investigative reporting is an essential part of these programs. Credibility of information combined with powerful images presented in these projects have made it possible for Drik to bring out into the open opaque and delicate social issues for public debate and discussion. Thus, inherent in Drik’s work is this ability to use the power of the visual medium to educate, inform and draw powerful emotional responses to influence public opinion. Invaluable for this is the strength it derives from the Drik Picture Library, the photography, Publications, Audio-Visual and Gallery and Event management departments. Drik works in close partnerships with its initiatives – Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, DrikICT, Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography and the Majority World Photo Agency. Drik augments and builds on this strength through a wide network of global and local collaborators. Mission statement To use images actively to achieve our goals of supporting political and economic freedom in an ecologically sound manner. Profits to be reinvested to educate staff and those who are socially oppressed Artistic Policy of Drik Drik believes in the power of culture and promotes cultural diversity with an emphasis on visual medium. Its emphasis on Photography relies on the power of the medium to validate history and its ability to create a powerful emotional response, thereby influencing public opinion. Drik’s broader practice, utilizing the entire gamut of visual culture, is inclusive, but positively promotes majority world practitioners. There is a commitment to participatory production and the involvement of women, youth and marginalized communities. Period Drik Picture Library, Network Partner from 1 january 2005 to 31 December 2007. They receive an amount of 200,000 Euros for this period of three years.

Safeguarding Eminent Bangladeshi Photographer's Collection

 
 
 
 

Safeguarding Eminent Bangladeshi Photographer's Collection

In partnership with the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF Maastricht), the Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) recently supported the immediate safeguarding of a virtual memoir of one of the most acclaimed photographers of Bangladesh, the late Mr Rashid Talukder. His collection embodies the photographic, journalistic, socio-cultural and historical values of the nation. The...