Editor’s Note- Bangladesh August 14, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bangladesh.
Kurigram, Northern Bangladesh 2008
Geoffrey Hiller: I am taking a couple weeks off and will resume posting on Sept 2nd. During the past eighteen months Verve Photo has showcased the work of close to 300 photographers. In addition to being a source of inspiration, it’s become a resource for photo editors and creative directors in the publishing industry. Many photographers have sold work or received assignments as a result of being featured on this site. The original concept of Verve Photo has evolved, in that first we presented young photographers who had relocated to foreign countries and were doing photo-journalistic work. Over time I expanded the concept of ‘documentary’ to include more personal images. Finally, ‘new breed’ in the context of this site not only denotes youth but originality and depth.
About the Photograph:
“This photo is part of my new dedicated web site called The Bangladesh Project. Bangladesh is a photographer’s paradise; people actually thank you for taking their photo. Despite the many ills facing the country, poverty, floods, and political corruption, there is a tremendous amount of tenacity and resilience. I lived in Bangladesh for nine months, which gave me the opportunity to become well-acquainted with the pulse of the place. I remember walking the busy streets of the Kurigram one morning. It’s in northern Bangladesh, one of the poorest parts of the country, where people are facing severe food scarcity called ‘Monga’. I had noticed the horse and the boy, so I decided to plant myself there. The man with the sack went by, and it seemed like more than a well-choreographed event, or a random moment. It was an act of providence.”