Media and International Personalities Commented about Bayazid
Dr. Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh, Managing Director of Drik
Picture library and Several times Jury of WORLD PRESS PHOTO
while Inauguration his 2nd Solo Photography Exhibition, La Galerie,
Banani, Dhaka in 1993 Commented for his written Message 'A faint
twilight glow forms a gentle backdrop to fiery cacophony of torches
spewing fumes to sky. The scarlet reflections dance on the lapping
waves. A deity rises above it all, taking a last look above the
flames before she sinks in the sea. Hundreds of miles away, in
a swirling cityscape, streaks of city lamps dance to a different
tune. Rickshaws, cars, baby Taxis, twirl at a giddy pace encircling
the city's latest extravaganza, like a giant ball and stick model
of some ridiculous molecule, the SAARC fountain. Villagers from
afar gather round this metal spectacle, an instamatic immortalized
the family in front of the city Icon. As in the stiff portraits
in front of Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower, they gather proof that
they were there. In stark contrast, an expansive moody sky, pensive
with heavy clouds, watches over a tiny figure jutting over a cliff
edge, the cliff itself dark, solid and brooding echoes the sky's
temperament. Back at the sea, the same blue and white, paints
a different mood. Fishing nets sway gaily in the breeze. One can
hear the flapping of wet cloth, the lapping of the waves, share
the gay abandon. But rather quiet observation of a young man who
takes us on a gentle sojourn. We are taken by the hand through
places takes that he knows and loves, and meet people who trust
him. Bayazid is also a writer and with a Camera added to his arsenal
will surely develop into a perceptive witness of our time.'
Dr. A.R.KHAN, Department of Applied physic &
Electronics, University of Dhaka commented for his written message
It gives me great Pleasure to wish this solo Photographic
Exhibition of Mr. Bayazid Akter all the Success. Bayazid, who
happens to be a M. A. final years student of the Dhaka University,
has immense talent for Photography. He has a Keen eye both for
the content and form of his subject and ample technical ability
to capture and present most effectively.
I am sure one day he will reach great height in the field of Photography
and bring fame and glory of the people of our country.
In 2000, 'Unity
and Diversity'© Bayazid Akter 5th Solo Photographs Exhibition
held in Alliance Francaise de Dhaka. Several National News Daily
/ Magazine published his Exhibition review like
Observer, Dhaka, Tuesday June 27,2000 in Observer Entertainment
in Title on the 'Bayazid's Photographs highlight Unity'
Bayazid Photographs center around the major event of our National
life. Under the head line of 'Unity and Diversity ' he forged
to unite people on several occasions. Among these he focused on
three major events-The Victory day's, The Charka Worship, The
Chariot Festival. A part from these three albums his other pictures
also depict our Society. But they depicted it from the different
point of view. The pictures named,' Unity and Diversity'-1, has
a symbolic significance of the campus violence of the Universities.
It is a picture of a monkey and a dog standing peacefully with
a same chain in front of a wall on the Dhaka University Campus.
The wall was inscribed with letter to defend violence. The peaceful
co-existence of the monkey and the dog seemed to mock at the internal
and quarrelsome students. Bayazid informed he took the picture
soon after the killing of two students on the campus. A few of
his works occupies nature. But when he focused on nature came
to his Camera with liveliness. His zoomed pictures on some flower
where simply beautiful. He is the first and only register of the
copyright Photographer in Bangladesh. But our Country has An established
practice to break the copyright in every sector.
One of the review
Published in 'Weekend' The Daily Independent in its Arts
section June30, 2000; on the Title ' Bayazid Akter: Lens Capturing
Life comes in two ways, one is mobile
rhapsody and the Other in still magnificence. Booth are in their
own individual ways captivating. Bayazid Akter is a Photographer
whose lens has taken life in both its representations. Bayazid's
works are singularly distinct in the way that there Seems life
in them. No, the pieces are not just inanimate objects, the scenes
Capture have a message to relay. Yes they are vocal, this silent
eloquence is what that makes them irresistible. In good morning
Bangladesh ensemble, the photographer takes a different path by
bringing in a Bangladesh that is free of jams, pollution and noise.
Early morning rays pierce through the lines of palm trees; the
piece is desolate but stunningly enchanting. But it's not only
the early morning beauty that attracts here, there is an invisible
coat tranquility that covers it and something you just can't ignore.
One Rickshaw stands by a pole on which the line" May peace
prevail on Earth" is written on the backside of the vehicle
a woman is Seeing praying, maybe for that elusive thing called
peace. Very expressive and powerful this is one of Bayazid's best
published a review entitled 'Victory
of youths at Bayazid's Camera' on June 24, 2000 where a caption
of a rare Photo is 'Universal truth'. It's a picture of a rural
girl, dressed beautifully and eyes taped by black clothes.
A review on Bayazid
Akter's Photographs Exhibition was published on June 27,2000 in
The daily Ajkerkagoj
where a large number of Photographs
on three events with Photo story mainly on 'Victory day Fairs'
were displayed. All Photos touched the heart of the visitors and
earned reputation due to excellent composition of those Photographs.
In another review
on 'Bayazid Akter and his Photography' Published on June
18, 2000 at The daily Matribhumi... It was mentioned tha
Bayazid moves dawn to dusk with his Camera in search of natural
beauties of rural Bangladesh. Photographs of men, women, children,
flowers, trees, birds, rivers, fairs, cultural programs, processions
and may other things become lively in his Camera.
The weekly Magazine
'Bichitra' also published a review on 'Bayazid Akter- Unity
and diversity' on June 30, 2000. It termed Bayazid's recent
Photographs exhibition at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka gallery
as extra-ordinary one where many Photographs. Were displayed.
Some captions of his Photographs were 'Waiting for Goddo-1, 2,3,
'The Heron point' 'Universal truth' 'Riverside' 'The sky and the
carried out a write-up entitled
'Unity and Diversity' of Bayazid at its (year & vol.
13) August 16, 2000 issue. The report said that Bayazid's Photographs
are not merely simple pictures but thy reflect history of the
subjects. His Photographs also represent a profound sense of natural
beauties. The report termed his Photography as portrayal of agony,
love and civilization. His mastery lies in choosing subjects of
his works. The Magazine quoted Aristotle's comment while evaluating
Bayazid's works. Aristotle wrote, 'MEN COME TOGETHER IN CITIES
IN ORDER TO LIVE'. And truly the city reflects life at it's greatest
intensity, for it represent the most powerful, complex, coordinated
and dynamic Structure of civilization.
One of his Photographs is a woman Rickshawpuller Amena Begum of
Comilla and this rare Photograph has special value as spot news
or news Photography.
Mr. Jim Monan,
Social Development Consultant of the DFID, Department
for the international Development, Bangladesh Certified for his
works in December 3,2000, 'Certify that for the last three weeks
Mr. Bayazid Akter has worked with me as the Photographer on a
publication. This commission was under taken on the behalf of
the British High Commission and its aid Programme in Bangladesh.
Mr. Akter's work was of the highest quality. I would without hesitation
recommend him to anyone needing a local Photographer.'