Iconic French photojournalist Marc Riboud’s photographs taken during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 are being exhibited at Liberation War Museum in the capital. The opening ceremony of the solo exhibition titled ‘Bangladesh 1971: Mourning and Morning’ was held on Saturday.
Foreign Minister Dr A. K. Abdul Momen graced the occasion as the chief guest. France Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh also attended the event as the guest of honour.
One of the first generation of Magnum photographers, French veteran photographer Marc Riboud was born in Saint-Genis-Laval, near Lyon, in 1923.
Between 1968 and 1976, he was one of the few photographers permitted to shoot in both South and North Vietnam. His picture of a ‘young woman holding a flower,’ taken in front of the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War, became a symbol of global peace.
Bangladesh’s independence struggle piqued his attention, and he arrived in Kolkata in late November 1971. He journeyed inside to refugee camps and liberated zones. His expedition began at Sherpur, and after crossing the mighty Brahmaputra river, he witnessed the decisive battle of Jamalpur, which he extensively documented. The majority of these are still unpublished to this day. When the all-out Indo-Pakistan war broke out on December 3, he entered Bangladesh with an advancing Indian army backed up by Bangladeshi freedom fighters. He was one of the first photographers to enter Dhaka and capture the city's liberation with his camera.
Marc Riboud passed away in Paris in 2016 at the age of 93.
Jointly organised by Alliance Française de Dhaka and Liberation War Museum, the exhibition will be open to all till November 16.
NB: The second phase of the exhibition will take place at Alliance Française de Dhaka in January, 2022.