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In the itinerary, photographers will explore the the mangrove forests and wildlife of the Sunderbans (a UNESCO heritage site), the busy life on the rivers, an old Hindu temple inside the deep forest of the Sunderbans, the Buddhist vestiges of Mainamati, the tribal life in Sreemongol and in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the tea gardens, and the urban chaos of Dhaka and Chittagong. The occasional monsoon rains will provide a unique lightning and effects.
Pierre is no stranger (or a "parachuting" photographer) to Bangladesh. He's a photographer, a medical epidemiologist and a public health doctor who worked and lived for more than 16 years in Bangladesh between 1972 and 2011. He devoted his professional life to Africa and South, South East and Central Asia. He had several photo exhibitions: "Borrowed faces" (Dhaka- October 2000; Chittagong Feb 2001); "The Eastern Gallery of the Berlin Wall" (Dhaka April 2001); "1972-2002: The changing faces of Shariakandi" (Dhaka and Shariakandi - April 2002); "Surviving Dreams: the struggling circus of Bangladesh" (Dhaka Chobi Mela II - November 2002). He also published a book of 120 black and white photographs on the circuses of Bangladesh.
I have immense respect for Pierre's abilities, and I am very glad to have met and worked with him at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Istanbul last summer.
All details for the Bangladesh Photographic Workshop are here.