Photographer/s: Munem Wasif
Place of publication: Italy
Year of publication: 2013
Publisher: Editions Clémentine de la Feronnière
Language: English, French
Dimensions: 225 x 175 mm
Edition size: 250, First Edition
Binding, paper & printing details: Hard cover, case bound, black and white injket prints on coated paper
Number of pages: 169
Number of pictures: 69
Designer: Nelly Riedel
Editor: Bronwyn Mahoney
Printer: Grafiche Milani
Retail price: 36,00 EUR
Link/s to existing book reviews: ‘L’Oeil de la Photographie – Dhaka: Munem Wasif Belonging’, ‘Asia Pacific Photobook Archive – An Interview with Munem Wasif’
Summary of project:
“Munem Wasif is a young photographer from Bangladesh. His book Belonging is about Old Dhaka, the historic part of the country’s capital, Bangladesh. Wasif lived for some time in this area and photographed the district’s daily life. His work allows us to see the city from a personal perspective rather than through the lens of the news photographer, whose focus is often limited to the latest devastating flood or earthquake.
Old Dhaka is a familiar place for Wasif and this familiarity gives him insider’s access to the neighborhood. In turn, Wasif lets his viewers in on artful and intimate views of daily life: a restaurant chef preparing the day’s meals, a man getting a shave near the river, children playing, family and friends enjoying quiet time together, religious celebrations, a morning screening at an old cinema.
The sequencing of the various scenes creates, as Christian Caujolle writes at the end of the book, a ‘reinvention of a story that isn’t there but nonetheless has the freedom to exist’. In other words, it allows the viewer to wander the streets of Old Dhaka on his or her own terms, to imagine stories and narratives, and to daydream about what Old Dhaka might be like”.