“Bangladesh —

a Different Perspective”


Noor Ahmed Gelal was born in 1977 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he has begun to approach the photographic field through a basic course at the Institute of Photography in Dhaka. Since 2003, Gelal has taken up professional photography, mainly documenting travels, cultural and social issues and nature. Nowadays, he is a contract documentary photographer for the NETZ Bangladesh, Water Aid Bangladesh and is a freelance photographer for Malteser International – Deutsch and German Embassy in Dhaka. His works have been published in many national and international publications, such as The Daily Star, The Star Insight, The Samakal News Paper, Dhaka Tribune, The Prothom Alo, IFC (International Finance Corporation) World Bank Group, The Guardian, BBC, The British Journal of Photography, aday.org Stockholm, Sweden, IPW 2013 (Indonesia), etc.

His pieces have been shown in seven solo exhibitions between Germany and Bangladesh and in major group exhibitions, like Mall Galleries, London 2018, “6 Different Places in Konya, Turkey”, Loke Wan Tho Gallery, Selegie Art Center, Singapore, 2015; “Siena Art Photo Travel”, Siena International Photography Exhibition, Italy, 2015; at Museé du Louvre, Paris, France, July 2015; and Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition, Taiwan, 2015.

In 2019, Gelal received an Honorable Mention at World Water Day Photo Contest 2019, Italy.

He has been recently awarded the second prize at The Independent Photographer competition, USA, October 2018 and resulted in Overall Winner and Category Winner of Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year 2018.

We often see other countries through our own European lenses. Our perception of Bangladesh and its people is characterized by negative news and images–mostly in the context of business, politics and the environment. Is this the only reality? What images are there apart from stereotypes? And how do photographers from Bangladesh see their homeland? The country in South Asia offers a variety of natural landscapes, thousands of rivers and vital cities. It is home to a different of cultures and beliefs with Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Animistic and Christian festivals. There are social conflicts in Bangladesh as well as a great competence of the people living together in a confined space.

7th solo exhibition of Noor Ahmed Gelal – “Bangladesh-a different perspective”. At Sonthofen , Germany have been supported by NETZ Bangladesh , German Embassy in Dhaka , Honorary Consul General of Bangladesh at Munich and Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation.
7th Solo Exhibition of Photographer Noor Ahmed Gelal