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Catholic photographer brings biblical values to photo festival
Exhibition aims to fight against injustice around the worldA photo from the ‚ÄėRest in Peace‚Äô exhibition
- ucanews.com staff, Dhaka
- January 27, 2011
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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúRemember, you are dust, and to dust you will return‚ÄĚ (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
Some viewers highly applauded Rebeiro‚Äôs concept and photography skills.
‚ÄúThe Rest in Peace reminds me once again that I‚Äôll 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,‚ÄĚ said Pranab Mukherjee, 40, a Hindu and theater actor.
Sarah, 24, a Muslim student, commented, ‚ÄúThe pictures are so lively I first thought they are all set-up poses.‚ÄĚ
Osmund Rodrigues, 50, a Catholic writer, added, ‚ÄúRest in Peace makes me think about my deeds in the world - good or bad.‚ÄĚ
Rebeiro said of his vision: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve produced the pictures out of my emotions. Since my childhood I‚Äôve 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,‚ÄĚ he said.
He also added, ‚ÄúPhotography can influence and stir people‚Äôs hearts more than many other things. My presentation will make people question themselves if they are doing right or wrong.‚ÄĚ
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.