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The spirit of a ghostly fabric

Having heard Saif speak of muslin over the last three years, I had gained some knowledge, albeit second hand. Going out filming with him to museums, arboretums and libraries, I had met some of the world’s leading experts. Lived part … Continue reading

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The Statesman, and the Photographer

The statesman, and the photographer Originally published as an Op-Ed in The New Age August 24, 2015 by Shahidul Alam LOOKING at this photograph, one of the few in our library where the photographer is unknown, I realise how times … Continue reading

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Rare and Unseen photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the Drik archives

A self-taught photographer with a strong sense of humour Rashid Talukder received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chobi Mela international photography festival in Dhaka, in 2006. His images of the war of liberation of Bangladesh and the political events leading up to it, … Continue reading

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The Afghan Box Camera is a simple box-shaped wooden camera traditionally used by photographers working from a street pitch, who produce, by-and-large, instant identity portraits (aks: عکس) for their clients. In Dari the camera is known as kamra-e-faoree ().which means ‘instant … Continue reading

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The Zaidi Studio

Zaidis Photographers, Masson Narsingdas Building, The Mall, Lahore in 1959 Photo by: Shahid Zaidi (Zaidis Photographers) Dyal Singh Building, The Mall – Lahore c. 1959 The story of Zaidis Photographers starts in 1904, when two brothers, Syed Wazir Ali Zaidi … Continue reading

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Shahbag Square — why we Pakistanis don’t know and don’t care

By Pervez Hoodbhoy Published: February 15, 2013 The writer retired as professor of physics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Shahbag Square — where’s that? Abdul Kader Mullah — who’s he? A bunch of university students in Islamabad, with whom I was informally … Continue reading

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When Everything You Know Is Not True

Miko Peled Debunking Jewish Myths “If Anybody here, came hoping to hear a balanced presentation, then they are going to be sorely disappointed. I say this, because a lot of the things that you are about to hear to night … Continue reading

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