Picture Library presents the work of twelve Bangladeshi
photographers through their images of childhood. The
image of a starving child with a begging bowl, an
image of passivity, has too often been used. This
straitjacketed portrayal has simplified and thereby
distorted reality. In the eyes of Bangladeshi photographers,
the experience of childhood differs. Children work
for a living, they feed their families. Those on their
own develop comradeship, they fend for one another.
Children play, stare curiously at cameras, participate
in public protests. A privileged few get to hold a
grownup's caring hand. We strive to create an alternate
image of Bangladesh and that of third world nations.
It is not a question of displaying an array of images.
Rather, to see things differently, to nurture the
ability to analyses and to question. That is our quest.