Aug 02, 2007
Images from India and Bangladesh.
Pathshala student Naymuzzaman Prince has been documenting the lives of children with terminal cancer for many years. The intimacy with which he photographs a mother and her dying child is a trademark of the school’s approach to photography.
Photo: Naymuzzaman Prince
Pulikali – play of the big cats– is a 200-year-old folk art tradition, practised in the Thrissur district of Kerala. The painting lasts almost an entire night. Many paints contain toxic chemicals and create a burning sensation when applied on the newly shaved bodies. Country liquor helps minimize the pain.
Photo: Saibal Das
With just 400 beds, Hemayetpur is the only mental hospital in Bangladesh, a country of over 150 million people. Mental patients are therefore often treated by local doctors, many of whom practise methods they themselves have developed. While recognizing the harshness of chaining a child with illness, photographer Shoeb Faruquee saw that these healers often provide the only medical services that a family might get.
Photo: Shoeb Faruquee
The sheer abandon of the flautist takes on a different meaning when one realizes he is standing on the edge of a raging river. With global warming becoming a major threat to Bangladesh, erosion by the river and rising sea levels will make millions homeless.
Photo: Mohammad Amin