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Catholic photographer brings biblical values to photo festival

Exhibition aims to fight against injustice around the world

Catholic photographer brings biblical values to photo festival
A photo from the staff, Dhaka

January 27, 2011

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A Catholic photographer has presented Christian values in an international photography exhibition in Dhaka in which he vows to fight against injustice around the world. Chandan Robert Rebeiro, 40 was the only Christian photographer from Bangladesh to participate in the sixth edition of a digital Photo Fair currently on show which features the work of photographers from 30 countries. Rebeiro, one of Bangladesh’s few prominent Christian photojournalists,exhibited a 12-picture digital presentation with the theme Rest in Peace, a solo documentary photography on biblical concepts of death at Goethe Institut in Dhaka. Rest in Peace highlights the biblical verse “Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return” (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Some viewers highly applauded Rebeiro’s concept and photography skills. “The Rest in Peace reminds me once again that I’ll go back to where I came from. This concept invites us to be atheistic in the world, to repent for our pride, weakness and shortcomings,” said Pranab Mukherjee, 40, a Hindu and theater actor. Sarah, 24, a Muslim student, commented, “The pictures are so lively I first thought they are all set-up poses.” Osmund Rodrigues, 50, a Catholic writer, added, “Rest in Peace makes me think about my deeds in the world - good or bad.” Rebeiro said of his vision: “I’ve produced the pictures out of my emotions. Since my childhood I’ve thought again and again about death when my relatives died. I wanted to show people whatever the splendor and power we have in the world, all will decline one day,” he said. He also added, “Photography can influence and stir people’s hearts more than many other things. My presentation will make people question themselves if they are doing right or wrong.” The festival comprises 29 print exhibitions, mobile exhibitions on 10 rickshaw vans, 33 digital presentations including two films and a play ’Parable of the Lost Post Office’ by Rabindranath Tagore, a video conference with Dr Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, nine workshops and a portfolio review. BA13054.1638
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