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I found a rundown yashica FX3 camera in my house and starting dabbling in photography in 1995. I had secretly dreamt of becoming a professional photographer. My parents encourage me and I mostly took pictures of my family and my relatives. In 1998 -I saw a photo exhibition on AIDS victims, entitled 'Positive Lives' at the Drik Gallery and realized for the first time how images can influence social perception of AIDS patients.

Our hospitals rarely have the resources for providing individual nursing. As Nasima, suffering from 'Dengue' fever lay on her bed at Dhaka medical college hospital, her mother poured water on her forehead to bring the fever down. It is a form of care no health report will ever list.

G.M.B.Akash