Documentary photographer Suman Paul’s two-week long solo photography exhibition titled ‘In Limbo’ came to an end on December 21, 2017 at EMK Center, Dhanmondi. Internationally acclaimed photographer Abir Abdullah and Director of EMK Center M K Aaref were present during the inaugural ceremony.
The photography exhibition showcased Pail’s photographs visualizing the extreme sufferings of the Rohingyas who fled from Myanmar owing to the oppression and brutal persecution inflicted upon these helpless people. The Rohingyas, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, have been called “the world’s most persecuted minority” while the recent events have further added to their misery. After 25 August, 2017, more than 6, 17,000 Rohingyas have fled from their native land Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh.
Thousands of refugees including little children, pregnant women and old people crossed Naf River in hope of saving their life. Many have walked through the jungles and crossed landmines. Bangladesh, a country of humanity, has showed her generosity and valor by providing shelters and humanitarian aid to these helpless people. Yet, it is a matter of grave pain for Rohingyas that now they have no place that they can call as their home.
Suman Paul, who was born in 1984, is a documentary photographer who started photography as it was his hobby. But gradually he became profoundly enthusiastic about documenting human lifestyle by means of his hobby. He completed his graduation in photography from Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute. He has done some documentaries on autism, patients with mental disabilities and a physically disabled person.
Earlier, Suman started documenting lifestyle of fishermen, mainly focusing on hunting of sharks. He worked on the lives of the people of the ‘ghats’ of Buriganga. In addition, he worked on Sufi dance in Al Tanoura Troupe in Cairo, Egypt in 2013. And now, his ongoing interest is in Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh.