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Tributes pour in for photographer Anwar Hossain

  • Published at 12:43 pm December 3rd, 2018

His body was brought to Shaheed Minar on Monday

Hundreds of people from all walks of life thronged to the Central Shaheed Minar on Monday—to bid farewell to legendary photographer Anwar Hossain.

His body was taken to the Shaheed Minar on Monday morning.

Previously, on Saturday, the renowned Bangladeshi photographer was found dead at Hotel Olio Dream Heaven in Panthapath, Dhaka.

Olio Dream Heaven General Manager Sohel Haider Khan Jashim said: “Two guests came to meet Anwar Hossain at around 7:30am. For three hours, hotel staff repeatedly called him on the intercom and also knocked on his room’s door. When there was no response, we called the police.”

People gather to pay their last tributes to legendary photographer Anwar Hossain at the Shaheed Minar on December 3, 2018 | Rajib Dhar/ Dhaka Tribune

After news of Anwar’s death spread, his friends, colleagues, and students immediately rushed to the hotel.

According to the hotel register, Anwar had checked n November 28.

The legendary 70-year-old photographer lived in Paris with his family, and was visiting Bangladesh to judge a photography competition.

Life at a glance

Anwar Hossain was born on October 6, 1948. He graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) with a degree in architecture, and completed his higher education in film studies at Pune University.

Anwar Hossain's body is being shown to the public at the Shaheed Minar as they pay their farewells on December 3, 2018 | Rajib Dhar/ Dhaka Tribune

The veteran cinematographer and photographer, known for his photographs of the Liberation War of 1971, published eight photo books and filmed 15 movies—as well as 30 documentaries. He won a number of national and international awards for his photos and cinematography.

Surja Dighal Bari, 1979; Emiler Goenda Bahini, 1980; Chitra Nodir Pare, 1999; Lalsalu, 2002; and Shyamol Chhaya, 2004 are among the celebrated Bangla films for which he was the cinematographer.