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Photographer Anwar Hossain found dead

His hotel room was locked from the inside

Update : 01 Dec 2018, 01:56 PM

Renowned Bangladeshi photographer Anwar Hossain was found dead at the Hotel Olio Dream Heaven on Panthapath, Dhaka, on Saturday morning.

The legendary 70 year old photographer lived in Paris with his family, and was visiting Bangladesh as he had been invited to sit on the judges’ panel for a photography competition.

Sher E Bangla Nagar police station Officer in-Charge, GG Biswas, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

However, details on the cause and time of his death are yet to be revealed.

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.”

OC Biswas said: “We received a call from the hotel at around 10:30am saying a guest was not responding  and that the room was locked from the inside. We had to break down the door to enter. We found him lying on his bed, dead.”

His body was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.

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 in on November 28.

Anwar Hossain was born on October 6, 1948. He graduated from BUET with a degree in architecture, and completed his higher education in film studies from Pune University.

The veteran cinematographer and photographer, known for his photographs of the Liberation War of 1971, published eight photo books and also 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 cinematographer.

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