Saturday, 27 November, 2021

Marc Riboud’s solo photo show underway at LWM

Marc Riboud’s solo photo show underway at LWM
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long photography exhibition titled ‘Bangladesh 1971: Mourning and Morning’ as the chief guest at the Liberation War Museum in the capital on Saturday.

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.

Supported by L'association Les amis de Marc Riboud, and Musée Guimet; it is a unique exhibition of never-before-seen photographs taken during the Bangladesh liberation war. Fifty photographs are being displayed at the exhibition. This exhibition has been being organised on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.

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 The majority of these are still unpublished to this day.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.

The exhibition is jointly curated by Lorène Durret and Mofidul Hoque.

NB: The second phase of the exhibition will take place at Alliance Française de Dhaka in January, 2022.