“Impressions” A review.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/08/Impressions5-thumb.jpgYesterday at the Manzar Akber Hall of the Karachi Arts Council, at the dot of six the red ribbon at the door was cut off by Dr.Shahidul Alam and we all followed him in to the exhibition titled “Impressions”. After Dr. Shahidul introduced to us to Rabeya, the young photographer and a short note of thanks by Rabeya herself, I started browsing the gallery one photo after another. The first picture of a girl from Mirpur Khas with colors spread all around her, in her clothes, surroundings and her smile but her future yet uncertain, touched me. In Rural areas of Pakistan the fate of almost every other women is filled with uncertainty. Another picture on display of MirpurKhas showed women, who otherwise remain veiled behind a burka, peeping out of the window of their home, inquisitive of the world outside the bounds of the “Chador and Char Dewari” was yet another testament of the status of a Village women In rural Sindh.

Her photos of Karachi included a picture of Orange juice being sold in the Sadar area for Re.10/- for a glass, A group of labors waiting by the side of the road to get a job for the day, Empress market captured with it’s “Chehal Pehal”, people enjoying at the Mazar-e-Quaid, and a man with his camel on the beach. I had never noticed these fragments of Karachi in such details, I never realized that orange juice on a pushcart too had a story to tell. I had never thought that all the movement and chaos at the empress market could be so colorful and lively, I had never thought that a poor man offering camel rides at the beach could have been at this job for 20 years. The Picture of Karachi she presented with stories attached with every single of her subject had an spell bounding effect which made me love this city even more.

Her photo story on EDHI Foundation was yet another shade of Karachi she captured. This series showed a woman who was beaten up by her husband and had spent the night at Edhi Home, the other morning her husband came back pleading sorry and took her back with him, the story in a usual event at Edhi home. Another picture showed the women at Edhi home having dinner together, as a huge family. These women were no longer needed by their relatives and ended up at this shelter where they became a part of a bigger family. The pictures of mental asylum, and Abdul Sattar and Bilqees Edhi collectively created a heartwarming story.

At an age of twenty three, Rabeya is a seasoned photo journalist, who’s every single shot is well planed and her subjects are well studied. With story behind every single shot of hers, and measured captures the exhibition is one of a kind. Karachi has indeed not seen much of such bold and skillful display photo journalism in the form of an exhibition. The exhibition is indeed an unforgettable and inspiring experience for all.

7 Comments so far

  1. zuaib (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:19 am

    I know the exhibition is ending on the 10th of August. Does anyone know whether it may be moving to another gallery? I would love to see it, but am not in Karachi till the 13th..


  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    Government is declaring emergency tonight:

    http://lahore.metblogs.com/archives/2007/08/emergency_tonig.phtml


  3. Supreeta Singh (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 9:23 am

    We are very proud of Rabeya. I am her colleaage at Drik and Majority World, and to see her flourish as a photojournalist is a wonderful moment for all of us. She has a long way to go and I wish her all the best!


  4. Tanvir Murad Topu (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    It’s a wounderful job. And we are proud of this exhibition. Congratulation to Rabeya. Peace.


  5. Jehan (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Thanks for posting this Jamash.Wish I had been there. Would not only have loved to see Rabeya’s exhibition (she certainly is extremely talented) but it would have been great to see Shahidul again. He is a wonderful person and agreat photographer. Maybe we can get her to do another show soon so that those of us who are missing from karachi at the moment, can have the opportunity to see her work.


  6. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    Although the exhibition was good with some really fine photographs taken at Edhi foundation, I think exhibition lacked the punch. Some of the photographs were so common that I think she had forced them through back door. One or two were even lacking in any quality, whether technical or aesthetic.

    And it was good to see some really powerful people of our country there. Ardeshir among them. His presence means that Rabi had done her homework well.

    Good luck to Rabi for her future.


  7. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

    Although the exhibition was good with some really fine photographs taken at Edhi foundation, I think exhibition lacked the punch. Some of the photographs were so common that I think she had forced them through back door. One or two were even lacking in any quality, whether technical or aesthetic.

    And it was good to see some really powerful people of our country there. Ardeshir among them. His presence means that Rabi had done her homework well.

    Good luck to Rabi for her future.



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