What of the photography made out of nothing ? What about painting with light? Is it photography ? Surely if we can paint with dreams,create the morning mist or the afternoon glow. Is it face? Hardly. Whatever else may be false in this tenuous existence of ours, imagination is not. All that we value, that we strive to uphold, all that gives us strength,has been made of dreams,and we must dream on. If pixels be the vehicle that realizes our dreams,be it so.
-Pedro Meyer, celebrated Mexican photographer
The biggest Asian photography festival Chobi meal vi kicked off in Dhaka with a vow to fight against injustice around the world. A number of photographers with their cameras march from National Press Club to inauguration venue at National Theatre Auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Six representative six continents inaugurated the festival Chobi Mela VI, by lighting candelas at exhibition hall.Festival director Shahidul Alam said to media, ” I dream that Chobi Mela will play a role in re-writing the history of photography”.
Some of the biggest name in International photography, including Pedro Meyer (Mexico), Morten Krogvold (Norway), Robart Plege (UK/ France) and Chris Rainier ( Canada) in the inaugural venue. With 29 exhibition featuring over 400 images by photographers from 31 contraries ; 33 digital presentation; 9 workshops conduct by seasoned photographers, mobile exhibitions on 10 rickshaw vans.
Achievement Awards conferred at the inaugural program this year three personalities from different continents- Naib Uddin Ahmed ( Asia/Bangladesh), J.D.Okhai Ojeikere ( Africa/Nigeria) and Pedro Meyer (North America/Mexico) received the awards.
Among the Bangladeshi photographers , Debashish Shome, Munem Wasif and Sayed Asif Mahmud will participant at the festival with their respective stories- Dhaka: My Dreams, My reality. Salt Waters Tears and My City of Uhheard.
Chobi Mela was first held in 2000. The festival Chobi Mela VI will continue till February 3,2011.