Taslima Akhter


Taslima Akhter born 1974 is a Bangladeshi activist and photographer She is a graduate of Dhaka University, as well as the photography school Pathshala She is a member of several activist organizations While documenting the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013, she took a photograph of a woman and a man who had died in each other's arms, which became emblematic of the incident

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Final Embrace
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 References

Biography

Taslima Akhter was born in Dhaka, in Bangladesh, in 1974[1] Akhter is a graduate of Dhaka University, with Master's degrees in science and in public administration[2] While at the university, she was a member of the Bangladesh Student's Federation[2] She went on the study photojournalism at Pathshala,[2] a photography school in Dhaka, which was founded by Shahidul Alam[3] She tries to bring attention to social and environmental issues through her photography, driven partly by her experience during the 2008 political emergency in Bangladesh[2] Akhter was among those who documented the fire at Tasreen Garments factory in 2012[2] Akhter has worked on projects in several cities in Bangladesh, as well as in Nandigram in India[2] Her work led to her receiving the Magnum Foundation scholarship in 2010[1] Her work has been exhibited in several countries[1]

Akhter is a member of the women's organization Biplobi Nari Sanghati and the leftist activist group Gana Sanghati Andolan[3] She is also a coordinator of the Garments Sramik Sangathan garment worker's union[2][1] In addition, she teaches at Pathshala[3] Akhter's politics have an influence on her photography[3]

Final Embrace

Main article: Final Embrace

Following the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013, Akhter and other photographers from Pathshala tried to document the lives of people who had died there,[3] while also taking part in the rescue effort[2] These stories were later published as a book, titled Chobbish April: Hazaar Praner Chitkar 24 April: outcries of a thousand souls[3] The publication was related to Akhter's work with the garment workers' union[2] During this process, Akhter photographed a man and woman who had died in the building collapse, locked in an embrace with each other[4] Akhter was unable to identify the subjects of the photograph despite much effort[5] [6] This photograph, known variously as the "Eternal Embrace",[4] the "Death of A Thousand Dreams",[7] and the "Final Embrace,"[8] received widespread critical attention and multiple awards, and became emblematic of the incident, in which 1100 people died[4] The photograph also received widespread attention online, and led to petitions to clothing companies demanding higher minimum wages and improved safety standards[4] Akhter described herself a being haunted by the photograph[4][5]

Awards

  • Third prize for documentary photography at the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, for her documentary The Life and Struggle of Garment Workers 2010[1]
  • Time magazine's "Top 10 Photos of 2013" for "Final Embrace" 2013[1][9]
  • Best Photographer Award from the 5th Dali International Photography Exhibition in China 2013[1]
  • Third prize for single photos in the "Spot News" category, World Press Photo competition, 2014[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Taslima Akhter" World Press Photo Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hossain, Anika 23 August 2014 "Activism Through Photography" dailystarnet Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Prashad, Vijay 12 October 2015 "Workers' yarns" Himal magazine 
  4. ^ a b c d e Roy, Sourav 31 May 2013 "Why the 'Eternal Embrace' Photograph From Bangladesh Haunts Its Photographer the Most" Huffington Post Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  5. ^ a b "Haunting Dhaka disaster picture: A last embrace after clothes factor collapse that killed 950" Mirrorcouk 10 May 2013 Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  6. ^ Pollack, Kira 2 December 2013 "TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013" Time magazine Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  7. ^ "Photography Oxford festival 2014" The Guardian 27 September 2014 Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  8. ^ "Rana Plaza images win World Press Photo" bdnews24com Retrieved 4 November 2016 
  9. ^ Kira Pollack, "TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013" Time magazine, Accessed 16 November 2016
  10. ^ "2014 Photo Contest" World Press Photo Retrieved 4 November 2016 


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