Ihtisham Kabir

Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 09:24:34 -0400

Congratulations! Very Good Quality Photographs!

All the Best.
Shah Ahmed Sadeque
Freelance Photojournalist

From: Shah Ahmed Sadeque

Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 07:13:15 -0400

Tui akta chor.tui ...

From: iutuytu

Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 04:51:12 -0400

First take: I leap into the delirium of childhood. Joy, colors, uncharted. Second take: Gnarled, knee-bent. Yet the glory is a stand-still. Incredible. Everything starts from a makeshift vision. You proved it.

From: Sabrina Sadique

Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 07:48:05 -0400

I just found your page.
I want to link to my homepage, is it OK?
I don't know that you can read my Web Site because it is written by Japanese.  Let me explain brief story, last year I had a concert for a BGO named CSID. They are supporting disabled street children in Bangladesh.
anyway take a look my site


From: Sammi

Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 01:30:12 -0400

hello mr. kabir

while browsing the web I came across your page. Your pictures are great and unique. I am also involved with a bangladeshi site name anirban.com

I was wondering if you would be interested presenting your great photographs on anirban.com  . if you are interested ..would love to have your work on anirban.com. Thanks for presenting this nice pitures.

Tanvir Zaman

From: Tanvir Zaman

Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2002 07:32:23 -0400

Dear Ihtisham
Hi there! I am Farabi from Bangladesh.I like to thank you
for your brilliant pictures. These are really good stuff.
Wish you all the best.


From: Farabi

Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 00:29:18 -0400

We are interested to use some of your pictures in our website for Transparency International-Bangladesh. TI-B is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to combatting corruption and establishing good governance in Bangladesh.
Our website is at http://www.ti-bangladesh.org. If you feel we can use your images to enhance our website, please inform us.
Thank you.

From: Web Team

Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 19:48:55 -0400

Great Work, I admire your creativity and observation.  A question that I have in my mind is, do u sell your worlk?  if not have you ever thought of that?

From: Ashraful Alam

Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 23:07:39 -0400

thank you so much for the pictures. i hope you will continue to share your work with rest of the world... i strongly believe through our work, we can shape the hope and future of our children... best wishes..peace

From: shahnaz

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 10:48:44 -0500

i'm an italian university student and now i am taking a class (in Netherlands because i am in erasmus) about the representation of gender and ethnicity. I am very interested to show how other cultures (differents from west cultures) represent theirselves. And show that western cultures represent other culture in different way respect the people that are represented. I try to be more clear as possible: you know that all across the "West" there are a lot of anthropological museum that show at us (western people) how are other culture; but the way that european anthroplogist represent other culture is not the way that the other cultures represent theirselves. The central point is that i wanna use your pictures for my final paper and show how a person from Bangladesh represent him country and how Bangladesh are represent in western society. Otherwise during our class we talked about the humanistic photography in France after the WW2 (we talked about Dousinea, Cartier-Bresson's and!
 others) and i think that your picture (compliment you made really hansom shots) are similar at the france humanistic way to take pictures (use of b/w, focus on children, empathy, pictures take in the "streets"). at the end i am asking you if you inspire yourself at the france humanist photographer? If is true that the "west" represent Bangladesh in a different way respect a person that come from Bangladesh (as you)? and if you have any suggestion about this topic i really very interested about that. Thank you very much for read this mail!

Best Regards
Flavio Marocco

From: Flavio Marocco

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 02:21:59 -0500

i am a student. i live in bangladesh.i love my country.every man should like this country.

From: rahat

Tue, 5 Mar 2002 16:47:52 -0500

Cool site.. nice photography..keep it up!!

From: Meenar

Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 01:38:13 -0500

Is this very fine web site .

From: rafitollah masud

Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 17:36:34 -0500

I sent you a message saying I wud like to see more, well I found more, and consider this a fascinating project, both photographically and more importantly from a social viewpoint. I wish you continued success in your work and hope youi are able to eventuallyu put it to use in helping these childred.

All good wishes.

From: Alan Humphries.

Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 17:30:56 -0500

I would like to see more.....

From: Alan Humphries.

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 11:26:30 -0500

Dear Kabir,

Really very nice. Keep up the good work.

From: Jakir hossain

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 08:42:07 -0500

This pictures are very beautiful. I like it very much. I am interesrted in it.

From: md. saifullah khaled

Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 03:03:57 -0500

    Great job on the images you have captured.

I would like to use some of the images on a slide show at a cultural event promoting Bangladeshi Culture.  The event will take place at toronto university in about a week.

I hope you will approve of us using some of your images.


From: sham dewan

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 17:32:38 -0500

Ihtisham Kabir,
  Your photographs are wonderful. They capture the fun-loving nature of Bangladeshi children. I can see the influence of Henri Cartier-Bresson. How old are you and where do you live now? I am an American with many Bangladeshi friends, most from Chittagong area, but a few from Sylhet. Can you send me a photo of yourself? You are very talented. Thank you.

From: Gordon Platt

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 00:16:17 -0500

I came upon your photographs by happenstance looking for images of Bangladesh.  I have a particular friend of many many years with whom I have corresponded over those long years about the trials and tribulations of your country.  It occurred to me that despite all those years I do not really have an image of the children of the country and for that matter an image other than the National Geographic or Life magazine image of vacant sorrow and compression of space.  I was therefore fascinated by your photographs which are more balanced.  ...the work of someone who has seen both sides. On a lark I asked my friend if he knew you.  He said that not only did he know you but you are a distant relative by marriage.  I have always been astounded that every Bengali seems to know every other not to mention the good and bad of their family.  This person of whom I speak is a dear friend.  One of the most gentle people I have ever met.  A man of astounding intellectual horsepower though he !
would never confess to it.  His wife has some passing interest in  physics.  His son resides in Chicago.  Do you have a guess?

From: Tim Little

Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 17:39:52 -0500

hi kabir,
i read about your child hood it was very interesting.
i am also from sylhet.

From: Neha

Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 16:49:23 -0500

Yes. Yes. Yes.
Thank you for your eye

From: Eric Shook

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 07:44:51 -0500

balo  laglo ihtisham bai,ami  chai  arokom  aro balo kichu koren.

From: masudrana

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 03:13:02 -0500

Dear Mr. kabir:

 I am a undergraduate student of University of
Windsor,Canada. For one of my
project based web designing course I need some pictures
representing Bangladesh.

 It would be greatly appreciated if you let me know whether
I can use one of your photographs "ik16" in my webpage
"http://electron.cs.uwindsor.ca/~kabir1/" for
completely educational and non-commercial purpose.

Thank you
Rahat Kabir
University of Windsor, Canada.

From: Rahat kabir

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 03:10:07 -0500

Hey , I just found your site from the search engine, and i must say that all your work impressed me a lot. This is one of the coolest bengali sites i have seen on the internet, all the others are full of crap, but this site had some real talent to show off. thanx for making this site :) , you have put a big smile on my face, and made another bengali proud ! thank you !

From: bangla_vpr

Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 09:33:31 -0500

This is one of the best side I've ever browsed ... I'm a student of Canberra University and just let me know whether there is anything that I can do for further developing of this site ...

Thank you.

Moin Sobhan
University of Canberra

From: Moin Sobhan

Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 06:15:22 -0500


I am very impressed on your images What kind of leica and lenses do you have?

From: Randy Anderson

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 06:23:28 -0400

From Spain. Fantastic, i realy like your photos, is it possible to see more on internet?.

From: Javier

Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 15:23:16 -0400

i would like to see your other works.
good luck.

From: rashed

Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 00:46:44 -0400

Hi Kabir

I am from Sylhet, Browsing internet I came to know about you. I am a researcher working on child labour.

From: Sayan

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 19:57:03 -0400

wow you are great. i am also a bangli born in banladesh sir. though my goals is to be a free man with my own will many i want to be something in government in usa work for them. i also want to be adventurous i want to travel many places in the world.

From: shakil 

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 17:42:37 -0400

Very Nice this site, I try to do something like you,  I live in Germany

From: Sharfuddin Ahmed

Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 07:13:58 -0400

Ihtisham Kabir, you are a true genius. This is a lovely work of art. Each and every picture on this website spells the word 'majestic.' I love the concept - Discovering the Children of Bangladesh. Thank you very much. This site took me on a trip down memory lane of when I used to be a kid and my friends. Thanks again for this brilliant work of art. You make our country proud. And keep up this intelligent work. I'm already your fan.

From: gourab

Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 02:51:03 -0400

Well done, it is nice..go ahed

From: Mostaque

Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 19:41:04 -0400

thanku 4 your wonderful photos, they were inspiring

From: madeline barragwanith

Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 05:49:29 -0400

Dear Mr Kabir,

It was great to see your photos in w/s. I am also a photographer and staying in Sydney. Just last April I had my 2nd solo exhibition in Sydney, The exhibition was for one month. People liked my works and they now realised Bangladesh is not only land of flood and poverty, it's having a greate natural beauty and nice people. I appreciate you, but try to overlook the poverty when you click for all over world's people.

thanks again. Keep it up.

Edward Adhikari
Ex-BPS Member

From: Edward Adhikari

Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 02:47:40 -0400


Your hobby has given me a chance to look at back when I cherished strong desire to become a photographar.

I appreciate your photographs.

Keep it up and "Good Luck"



From: Farzana Sharmin

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 20:03:11 -0400

The first take is a superb take. I am neither a artist, nor a photographer. But a good art is something that can fill the dullest of human soul with beauty.

It is not a technical note. It is just my first impression.

From: mohammad zaman

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 18:23:20 -0400

It is an excellent web site.  I have enjoyed it so much.  some real nice work.  Kudos.....

From: Quazi,Texas

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 16:57:46 -0400

Amazing pictures in subject matter and skill

From: Mayeen

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 16:36:18 -0400

truly moving pictures

From: mukta

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 16:26:22 -0400

Outstanding pictures. I have never come across such thing. I am sure you have put in lot of hard work on it. It really touched my heart.

From: Sohel

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:57:57 -0400

It's a nice one.

From: Sarfaraz Khan

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:56:32 -0400

Mr. Kabir,

It is excellent. I appreciate your beautiful work. The pictures are really nice. Please add some more. Wish you more success.Thanks.


Mahbubul Haq Sohel

From: Mahbubul Haq Sohel

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:05:25 -0400

Mr. Kabir

Your work is super.

From: iqbal khan

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 11:24:07 -0400

Nice work. Shouldn't we raise charity fund for the children in need?

From: Subir Kumar Saha

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 09:02:05 -0400

Excellent work Mr.Kabir, I'd like to see more of your fantastic pictures in this webpage.

From: Shamim Khan

Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 13:05:35 -0400


very striking photos, I have enjoyed viewing them.  I was in high school as an American dependent 1967-71, my dad was doing civil work on Dhaka's water and sewer system with world bank monies.  I have copied the shot of the two girls on the ferris wheel to a Reunion website we have for the Alumni from the Dacca American Society School, and posted your site's URL on our site....thanks...steve:)

From: Steve Hennessy

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 01:44:05 -0400

Nice web site ... i dont know for some reason i feel like becoming a photographer .. it maybe the inspiring wrks of u guys .. man u guys look at life with your cameras from such a deep and meaningful point of view .. its really inspiring..

From: Shazad

Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 17:45:04 -0400


I am the webmaster of www.webadda.com. We are planning to open a new photography section in our site. It would be nice for us if you gave permission to post your pictures in our site. If it is ok with you please send us one of your picture. We will post it as the photographer. We will also place a link to webadda, so that the user can come to this page from webadda.

From: WebMaster

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 18:16:43 -0400

salam brother ihtisham. great work. always wanted to do the same but I succumbed to work and family commitments !

From: fozlul hoque

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 05:51:42 -0400

I was the son of Baptist missionaries in Dacca from 1959-1968 when I graduated from the American school in Dacca. It was called the Dacca American Society School. We are having a school reunion this summer 3,4,5, August in Chicago, Il, USA, and your web site was posted as a point of interest to us. The two pictures you have here I like very much as they seem representative of a typical activity in Bangladesh. At our reunion there will be about 125 people, but there are about 240 involved with the web site. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures. Our school reunion e-mail is D_A_S_S_reunion@hotmail.com we are not a part of the current American School in Dacca. Our school was destroyed by a bomb during the liberation in 1971.

From: David Johnson

Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 17:26:24 -0400

I have been away from my country for about 12 years. Seeing the pictures reminded me of the sad life of the children. We are all responsible for this sorry thing. I try contribute as much money as I can for this cause. Thank you for the beautiful web site

From: shah

Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 18:52:56 -0400

beta bahisker ho

From: abul

Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 23:43:17 -0400

I enjoyed yours site very much and the photographs are excellent!!!
I am studying to be a Webmaster in one year from now. I also plan of taking photographs in future. Can you tell me how I could see more of your photographs of Bangladesh of your works?


From: shomon

Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 09:49:12 -0400

It was a good site.  But you should put more information about bangladesh.  Anyway I am from Bangladesh and my name is Dey.  bye

From: dey

Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 11:10:13 -0400


Your pictures are really wonderful. I have never been in bangladesh yet but I'm prepared to go soon. I have seen a lot of documentary about Bangladesh but your pictures really seen to relate true life of Bangladesh. I'M really impressed by proverty.

Thanks for this moment. Bhalo theko. Khoda Hafez

From: Julie Ross Ar-Rashid

Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 05:03:38 -0400

My father and his family lived in Sylhet before the partition. They left there when he was very young.  I have been raised in California and have never before been there.  IS there anywhere else that you display your photographs?  My dad and my uncles and aunts would love to see them.  The ones I've seen are beautiful.  If you recieve this you can write me back at

From: rini

Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 03:55:34 -0400

Marvelous photographs. I'll be back.

From: Jon Streeter

Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 11:20:28 -0400

Hello!! I live in Dhaka and I lived in California (Greenbrae), he is a well known of his "Our world" (his photoes exhibited in  World Womens Conference.)
I have three children and I'm very interested in your photoes.
I enjoy myself doing the "volunteer work", because I want to know more of this country..
4th of May, we are planning the  slide show of "Murmud". He is a well known for his "Our world" (his photos exhibited in  World Womens Conference.)
When I saw these photoes, I feel your partriotism like Murmud.


From: yuko nakamura
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 17:05:31 -0400

Long back I had seen the photographs now labelled "First Take", and was highly impressed.

The "Second Take" continues the excellence. All the photographs are good, and many do remind one of

Best wishes. Any book in plan?

Samir Bhattacharya

From: Samir Bhattacharya

Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 14:52:55 -0400

This is really nice.

From: Baulmon

Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 12:31:39 -0400

I'm proud of you.

From: mishu bin tazul

Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 18:56:30 -0500

Discovering the children of bangladesh is one of the most intriging site I have found while web browsing.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection with allof us.

From: Rehana Perveen

Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 21:08:56 -0500

i was surfing around for my assignment.. but your snaps gripped my attention..they are beautiful..i m  proud to see that thers such a nice image archive of bdesh  on the net.. thanx for building it.

Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 15:27:14 -0500

I love these images .. have they been published and what else have you taken?

From: Christopher Laughton

Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 18:37:57 -0500

Thank you for your pictures.  I sponsor a young girl in Dhaka through World Vision ... and am trying to find out more about the country and interests of youngsters.  What are the chances of her getting to go to school as you did?

From: Cindy Malott

Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 13:12:55 -0500

Great work! Loved those B&W takes. May be you can open an online gallery of your photo collections, so we can enjoy your work.

Good wishes..

From: mushtaq

Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 19:32:59 -0500

Take a look at Imogen Cunningham: her entire body of work.  I think you may like it.

From: David Stein

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 11:32:03 -0500

Hello Sir,

The pictures are GREAT! One of my friends came across your site while browsing and he forwarded it to me. I have loved each and every one of the photographs that you have taken. I hope you will continue with this and keep on posting more pictures.

I completed my undergrad last year and am currently working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I wish you all the best in your endeavours.

Waseem Husain

From: Waseem Husain

Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 09:01:24 -0500

Your picture are very beautiful.

From: sanjay

Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 17:00:23 -0500

Truly remarkable ...so compelling.  Thank you for sharing these evocative images.

From: RGray

Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 10:23:22 -0500

congratulations for your photos. You have very well defined the line between aestethic and humanity. Thank you very much.

From: Francisco Prieto

Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 12:02:44 -0500



Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 07:56:12 -0500

Dear Ihtisham Kabir

What wonderful and moving photographs.  I feel very fortunate to have found your webpage whilst surfing the net researching.

I am a director working for the BBC producing audio visual programmes to accompany a new Open University course in Childhood Studies.  We want to show how the experience of childhood is different for children who live in different cultural and economic circumstances.  Therefore the plan is for the BBC and Open University to film in three different countries - Bangladesh, USA and South Africa.  In each location we hope to find and film children whose daily lives and experiences differ in various ways so that the students on this course can get an idea of the diversity of childhood.

I was really interested to read that part of your discovery was the disparity between the reality of life in Bangladesh compared to how it is portrayed in "western media" - that is if it gets any coverage at all.  Before working for the BBC I helped set up a small independent television company which tried to show a view of countries outside the West which went beyond disasters, wars and victims.

I am planning to go to Bangladesh on a research trip at the end of January.  I am sure you are very busy but I would really appreciate a chance to talk to you about the country and the children who live there before I go as I feel very inspired by your photographs.

I also wondered if there was a book of your photographs which I could buy.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes
Rebecca Mills

From: Rebecca Mills

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 03:49:42 -0500

Good day Ihtisham,

Your work reminds of that of one of my favorite photographers, Sebastian Salgado. Your work is very personal and insightful. What an inspiration! Keep it up! Regards, Miguel

From: Miguel Nacianceno

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 14:48:59 -0500

my dear friend thank for you

From: mizanur rahman

Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 15:45:42 -0500

Ihtisham Kabir Vai,
i'm russell rahman!i've visited every possible corner of ur site!!!u did a gr8 job vai!i've vass intrested about photography!and i've little resorces,inspite of all i click on the shutter release button several time!and some time nice image also come!!!i do like to appriciate u for being creatin this kinda site!!!vai would u mind to add a picture gallery which will describe bangladesh?I'll be glad if we can meet!!hope to get ur mail !

From: Russell Rahman

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 13:29:12 -0500

hello I am from sylhet, at 10years of age I left Bangladesh 1972. I am in England, similar story like you. I am proud about u, what you doing, ok bro......

From: s. hoque

Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 07:33:59 -0500



Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 03:40:23 -0500

I enjoyed your site. Interestingly, it was Henri Cartier-Bresson's "The Decisive Moment" that did it for me as well.

Ken Swann

From: Ken Swann

Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 02:13:56 -0500

Hi I really loved your photographs. Do you have any which is wallpaper size?

From: Arif

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 03:24:25 -0400

Dear Kabir,
Your photographs is excellent. I am from Australia. I am doing my study in the University of Queensland.



Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 13:48:42 -0400

As a child how did your father teach you to treat the woman of your culture? I have been studying the way's of the woman in Bangladeshi and how they have been treated in that culture, and I was wondering how father's teach young children. How do they teach you to treat woman in that culture, can you marry outside of your own culture? Are woman still treated disrespectfully, and do they teach that to you? Is there still alot of poverty in the country? How do woman of that culture think of American women.

From: Heather

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 15:38:19 -0400

Absolutely wonderful work Ihtisham. Your pictures of these children are both heartfelt and skillfully composed. Keep up the good work, please.

From: Chris

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 11:16:16 -0400

Ihtisham Kabir
Your photographs are gentle and honest.  I see in them your fascination and respect for the people of your home country -- it's admirable, humble work and I'm thankful to have seen it.  I've never seen a portrait like this of Bangladesh; most of the images I see depict floods and aftermath.
thanks for putting these pictures online.
John Brecher

you might enjoy my web site - photos as well

From: john brecher

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 14:07:09 -0400

i am too much impressed.just carry on.

From: zaki

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 14:04:33 -0400

I arrived at your site thru while browsing LUG archives. Your work is outstanding.  Keep up the good work!

From: mc

Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2000 23:52:12 -0400

I found this beautiful photo essay to be a noble attempt to portray both the spirit and dismay of a culture unknown to most americans (sadly enough).  I admit I know very little about bangladesh's history and economic strife, but one thing concerning me was the conditions of children workers and the abuses or economic aid groups such as clothing industries bring.  Simply typing the word child labor on a search engine brings up tons of articles about child labor abuses around the world, but the majority of people, in the long run, end up disregarding it.  If you knew of any literary works or analysis of the situation that brought to light the reality of economics vs. human rights or had any oppinions yourself that you could send me, it would be greatly appreciated.  If not, thank you for putting up this page none the less :]

From: Marcos Tannous

Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 06:08:43 -0400

a global tv and internet company is interested in inteviewing you about your work.  Please call Catherine on 00 44 0208 233 7815 or mail me on chart@uk.now.com

From: Catherine Hart

Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 03:01:55 -0400

I have really enjoyed your wonderful site.

From: raymund schütz

Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 11:51:47 -0400

Shomi bhi these are beautiful. These photographs force you to think.

From: eeshita

Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 12:42:07 -0400

very heart felt pictures.you did a beautifull work!

From: julien.a

Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 14:36:51 -0400

Hello Itisham and hearty congratulations.  It was a thrill to find you in this website, one of our Collective members, Bill Mattick, brought it to our attention.   And what about that book???  Let's stay in touch, I hope your family is in good spirits, regards to your wife.


From: Frank Espada

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 11:41:45 -0400

We really like your pics.  Thanks for the entertainment.
UCO Decision Support Team

From: Julie Bridge

Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 14:36:51 -0400

Hello Itisham and hearty congratulations.  It was a thrill to find you in this website,
one of our Collective members, Bill Mattick, brought it to our attention.   And what
about that book???  Let's stay in touch, I hope your family is in good spirits,
regards to your wife.


From: Frank Espada

Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 19:32:28 -0400

Hello Ihtisham

My name is Faisal. I live in London UK.
I've just found your site on the web. I was extremely
impressed with the images, to say the least.

I am currently in the final stages of putting together a site called deshEcards. Basically it
is an application for Bangladeshi e-cards. Simple enough, much done, but not one with
really good Bangla-centric images for the deshi diaspora.

I am writing to find out if you would be interested in allowing me to use some of your
images from your site on deshEcards. I will give you all credits and links
to your pages for each image I use, individually. I am not making a profit with deshEcards,
its a free service. However, I do want it to be of a very high quality.

Are you interested? If so please let me know, becasue I want launch the site at the
end of this month. So please to respond as soon as you can.



From: Faisal Gazi

Date: Mon, 8 May 2000 02:33:04 -0400

Hello, how are you? Well, I'm emailing you to inform you that I am currently doing a report on
"CHILD LABOR IN BANGLADESH" and I was hoping you can help me out by being my resources.
Please email me your opinions. Thanks.

From: Tinney

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 20:06:12 -0400

Hi. I just happened upon your incredible work while searching on that most Bengali of
idiosyncrasies, the ubiquitous rickshaw. Your photographs are beautifully composed,
each one possessing and displaying a bevy expressions of emotions seen so often on the
faces of the people and children of Bangladesh. We do not belong to a nation or culture
whose only display of feeling is one of desperation. I would like to share some of my
own snap shots with you in the future. Keep in touch.

From: Naquib Hossain (Faisal)

Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 14:02:16 -0400

i really enjoyed your photos!!!

From: shazia

Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 16:47:18 -0400

Comments about Kabir's material (blue.unix-bhs2u)

Dear Ihtisham Kabir,

I am doing a school prodject on child labor in Bandladesh. Would you please send
me some information on this subject? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

From: Sierra Barter

Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 19:13:50 -0400

Your photos are absolutely amazing.  definitely remind me
of cartier-bresson, i'm sure he's impressed somewhere

From: drew

Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 07:25:05 -0400

i like the way u see them.

From: pulak

prio ehtesham kobir,

ami er ager ak dake nicher ei URL e


amar akta chobi bina onumoti te babhorito hoechilo bole apotti
korechilam. ami bujhi je sheta'r shathe apnar site er juktota thaka'r
karone, akta bhul bojha bojhi'r shombhabona thake. dharona jagte
pare je apni nijei amar chobi oboidho bhabe babohar korechen.
sheta ami oboshshoi bolte chaini. ebong apnar ete oshubidha hoe
thakle ta'r jonno ami khoma prarthi.


shohidul alam

From: Shahidul Alam

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 07:45:07 -0400

Comments about Kabir's material (blue.unix-bhs2u)

amar chobi babohar korle amar onumoti nebar proyojon na?

From: Shahidul Alam

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 22:32:12 -0500

Mr. Kabir; What a wonderful view into childrens lives in
Bangledesh. You convey empathy and honour in your photographs,
a trait seldom seen. I especialy like "Father and Son" and "Girl
Breaking Bricks". I look foward to seeing more of your work
in the future. Warm regards Steve

From: Steve Belden

Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 09:12:40 -0500

Dear Kabir-bhai,

I am a "bideshi" but, with my family, I have spent 25 years in Bangladesh.
In fact, our two children were born in Dhaka and are now studying in the US.
I love your photos.  Since August 1998, my wife and I are in Mumbai.
I am working with the Belgian Consulate, but we miss Bangladesh
where we left a big part of our heart.

Keep feeding us with those wonderful photos of Bangladesh.

From: Benoit & Patricia Labrique ---

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 04:16:57 -0500

I chanced upon your website while surfing on the net. I must say it was a
wonderful surprise. Your photographs are truly remarkable. Did you
have any exhibitions in Bangladesh. If not, are you planning one
in the near future?

From: Nadia

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 22:54:48 -0500

i just happened to stumble into your website. there were so many
photos that brought a smile to my face...you captured so many
things so nicely. i'm from a very well to do family [obviously,
since here i am on the comp.], but i am aware of the way the
majority of the children live like back home...its depressing,
but they have their good moments too...and i'm glad that you
could captured some of them. I'm sick of western photographers
just concentrating on depressing images...in this regard, i agree
with DRIK's...that there's more to the third world than just that.

From: Aneeqa

Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2000 00:16:04 -0500

I really liked the images on your web page. Makes me realize how lucky I am.

From: Faisal Zaman

Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 18:10:22 -0500

This may seem like an odd message! I visited Sylhet two years ago, during a month-long stay
in Bangladesh. I was taken to a magical spot that is pictured on another website --
http://www.bangla.org/tour/attractions/images/sylhet-rocks.gif -- I can no longer remember
the name of the place and it's haunting me! Can you tell me? I am a translator -- and have
learned to love the Bengali language (khub mishti!) and its poetry very much.

From: Carolyn Brown

Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 01:47:00 -0500

Haunting images...sylhet 1999, gulidanda, the Beri bandh..and others.
An admirable vision.

From: Animesh Ray

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 09:51:26 -0500

Hello.  I enjoyed your story and pictures.  I would like to see more pictures to
have a fuller sense of the place and its people.  Good luck.  Bill W.
Colorado Springs, Colorado USA

From: Bill Wheeler

Wed, 2 Feb 2000 14:15:27 -0500

Assalamualikum akhi,

Alhamdulillah, a beautiful site. I have used an image on my page as an entry point to this site of yours. I have put your credits clearly on the image. I am writing to ask if you will allow me to use it. I hope you will, but if you say no, I will remove it inshallah and replace it with something else.

All the best,

PS: A good muslim site is on www.muslimworld.co.uk

From: Sahar

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 13:09:19 -0500

Your Photographs of the children of Bangladesh are
beautifully unassuming and intimate. I've recently returned
to England from Brazil. I was there for five weeks and the
children there are some of the most photogenic I've ever
come across! Good luck in your work. You have a real and
precious talent. All the best.

From: Jessica Dunlavey

Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 18:48:31 -0500

apni ashlei best...
valo laglo
chibi gula darun
shada kalote jiboner aloron.....
amio photo tuli maghe maghe..

From: voipai

Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 09:46:52 -0500

I've visited your gallery today. I am in Turkey. I am a amateur photographer. I liked so much your photographs. Unfortunately my English is not enought to tell you how your photograhs effected me. If you write me, I will be so happy.

From: Devrimhan Kaþkaya

Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 23:47:12 -0500

I was in Dhaka last year and spend sometimes with homeless kid. It was fun play fooball with them. They were eight of them. We also went for lunch to a nice restaurent. Some folks thought I was out of my mind. But I didn't care. You did a great job.

From: Shamsul

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 15:16:01 -0500

Highly impressed!! Really enjoyed this web site which I stumbled upon by chance while searching for information
regarding women in Bangladesh!

From: Dipa K.

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 08:57:45 -0500

Congrats, on all of your success.  I am very happy things worked out the way you wanted them to.

From: Jen ---

Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 14:09:48 -0500

Itesham, can it be you? if you remember kamel, i'm pablo his mama; knew you took great shots; from the farmgate overbridge one kamel has; do you keep in touch with kamel?

i'm in london doing a course on building & urban design in development; would rather have learnt some video-editing, my sister's working on some video documentries in dhaka; was living in the bay area also, anyway, keep up the good work,   pablo

From: pablo

Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 19:48:31 -0500

Comments about Kabir's material

These are some of the most beautiful pictures i have seen in
a long time. The children at play and the relationship
between that play, the shadows and the light, the movement,
and the light in their eyes. Keep opening our eyes.

From: Mary 

Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 01:45:32 -0500

I think your photographs are not mere pictures... they are life itself! I wish i could have an eye for life the way you do... All the best.

From: Pallavi

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 03:10:05 -0500

great pics .

From: m.lashkar

Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 14:30:44 -0500

Comments about Kabir's material

Hi Ihtisham:

I liked your excellent photographs. You are a great artist. My background and interests somewhat resemble yours. I finished HSC in Bangladesh and went to study Electrical Engg in South India. Went to graduate school in Computer Science in Pennsylvania. When I was a kid, I borrowed a children's book of photography from the British Council library. My elder brother and I were quite encouraged to try contact prints. He bought a small box of Fuji BW printing papers and a bottle of developer and a bag of fixer. We spent many evenings printing from my dad's enormous collection of negatives from his college days and onwards. He is a great photographer. My dad taught me about aperture, film speed and shutter speed. I learnt to mentally calculate the right settings for every lighting condition. During my college days I got deeply involved in making my own enlargements and trying various techniques and effects. I used to keep my own stock of 35 mm BW film and cut various lengths and load cassettes for various occasions (so I don't have to wait for the roll to finish). I was the secretary of the photography club at my university. Won several prizes in local contests. During my summer vacations I used
to roam around Dhaka and take pictures of people and children in the slums and marketplaces. I did a bit of "human interest" photography of tribal folks in South India. Unfortunately I have not been able to keep up with the artistic part of photography as much as I would like to. Today I take lots of vacation pictures of my family (wife and 2 boys aged 9 and 5). We travel a lot. My 5 year old son has already been to 20 countries. At this time we are living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I work in the area of telecommunications and am based in NJ. I am here on an expat assignment for the last 3 years. I have some excellent night photos of the Haram Sharif area at Makkah (secretly shot from a hotel window). I use a Pentax SLR (several K-mount lenses that I have collected! over the years with a Ricoh SLR which I retired) and a handful of auto-focus and point and shoot cameras.

I am sorry, I wanted to compliment you on your photographs and went on rambling about myself.

Pls write.

Wasif "Having Fun in the Sun in Riyadh" Sattar

From: Wasif A. Sattar

Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 11:52:01 -0500

Dear Mr. Kabir,
      My class is learning about Bangladesh, and we would very much like to hear from you.
Thank you.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Ayres and Class 6

From: Mrs. Ayres

Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 12:43:33 -0500

Mr. Kabir --- Your photographs are beautiful! I recently began shooting black and white while travelling in Nepal and Tibet, so I found them particularly interesting and striking. I came upon the page when looking for images of Bangladesh for use in the children's section of Chaitime.com, a South Asian online community. I was looking for colour photogrpahs in particular. If you would be intersted in donating any colour photos, please contact me. Of course, credit would be given to you and you would retain all copyright. Thank you and best of luck with your work. Sincerely, Maria Moeller/Producer, Kid Chai, www.chaitime.com

From: Maria Moeller

Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 11:41:55 -0500

Very nice. I took some colered pictures of children in Dhaka. Are you looking for other images of children
from Bangladesh? I have some.

From: Rashad Chowdhury

Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 10:21:01 -0500

I'm from Brazil. When I saw about the culture of bangladesh, the people, the food, etc... I realize how beautiful is this unknown country. In Brazil, I heard bad things about Bangladesh. I sure have many documents to comunicate, how Bangladesh is beautiful. Congratulations.

From: Thátia Campolina Pinto

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 02:36:40 -0400

Mr. Kabir,

It's a very encouraging & terrific thing for all of us to know that you are doing such a big and effective effort to present the life profile of the children of our country infront of the whole world through photography.

The pics are nice and touchy.

Hope you get along with your dreams in the near future. wish you all the best.

                                         Allah Hafez
                                       Mir Niamul Karim

From: Mir A. F. Niamul Karim

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 13:50:09 -0400

ihtisham, nice to see the photos and know about you. please let me introduce me at first. my name is asif reza. I am working in an american advertising company, named 'GREY' as finance manager in germany. if you have some more such nice photos and if you are interested in to get in contact with me via email, please let me know time to time from you. best wishes, asif

From: asif reza

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 02:16:03 -0400

I am a year twelve student and I am doing a project on photographing children. It would help my project very much if you could e - mail me a few words of information about your work, before October 1999 because that is when it is due.

From: Jenna Smith

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 01:02:03 -0400

Hi Ihtisham,

I loved both your images. I am in a slightly different genre though, but good images have a universal appeal I think.

I live in Fremont, CA, and I'm a computer Engg by profession. After having worked for several rather successful startups, I've decided to call some time my own. Nowadays, I do some writing (fiction) and nature photography with a group of very dedicated friends.

 I'm planning on a trip to India this Jan/Feb to do some research for my book and try my hand at rural photography. I would love to meet with you and look at more of your work before I leave. Photographing people is something that I'd love to get into next.


From: Rajnesh Domalpalli

Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 22:01:00 -0400


This is one of the most beautiful, richly complex sites I have ever seen.  I am a serious amateur photographer, and I spend hour after hour reading books on photography, exploring old books of photographs by old masters, and wandering around the internet looking at what's going on today.  I hope you are putting these images into a book.  They are so wonderful, alive, affectionate.

Submitted by: ward shortridge

Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 14:09:37 -0400

Dear Ihtisham Kabir,

I am writing to request permission to use some of the images located on your site for a Bangladesh school project.  I work for an educational Internet company and we are working on a special project on the plight of providing education to Bangladesh children by English Teachers in England.  This link presents the background to our project ttp://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_349000/349914.stm.
We have contacted the English teachers and will be working with them as we feature articles on this topic in several curriculum areas (foreign languge, history, government, geography, and culture).  We will be including images for impact and your photographs are not only beautiful, but capture the essence of the culture and lifestyle.  We will, of course, reference your site which provides very nice descriptons and background, and how lucky could we be that the author lived in Sylhet! We would be very interested on a contribution from you for the project if you're interested. I will be covering the History and Geogrphy portion of the project which includes the effects of distance, language, and culture on education.  We plan to launch our new Integrated Learning Lab section in the September time frame in time for the fall school year. So, a response by August 9, 1999 would be greatly appreciated. Please visit our site at http://www.zapme.net/net/.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Norma Cantu
Geography & History Content Editor
Social Scienes and Women's Studies Content Editor

Submitted by: Norma Cantu

Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 16:06:04 -0400

wow, that is really a fantastic summary of your life. I would say, you have done a wonderful job on creating a nice web page, but I'm fust sort of wondering is that your childhood picture who is spining around the Wood Pole.

Submitted by: munmun

Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 00:24:01 -0400

Your photos are quite lovely, both in technique and subject matter.  You succeed in demonstrating that children from all corners of the world are beautiful vibrant beings.  I am a novice photographer but an experienced pediatric oncology nurse,  I hope one day to take such beautiful photographs.

Submitted by: Pattie

Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 12:47:29 -0400

Your images are very good, both technically and aesthetically (SP?).  Not only are they great photographs, they also appeal to the eye naturally.  Great job !

Submitted by: BK

Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 23:40:48 -0400


I enjoyed your photographs.  Photographing children is an interest of mine as well, but I can't claim that my pictures capture that certain something as well as yours.
Keep up the good work.

Jonathan Prescott

Submitted by: Jonathan Prescott

Date: Sun, 20 Jun 1999 10:33:51 -0400

Wonderful site!  Thanks for the pointer in the Leica users group.  Please keep doing what you're doing . . .

Submitted by: Chandos Michael Brown

Date: Sun, 20 Jun 1999 09:17:09 -0400

I was interested to see you page and the brilliant photographs as I am trying to collate an information pack about village life in Sylhet for the primary school I teach at.  The majority of our pupils are from the Sylhet region and there is very little which is commercially produced. I wonder if you would be able to help us in any way?

Submitted by: Kathryn Ross

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 23:41:24 -0400

oh... I live in Brasil and I love oriental culture... specially bangladeshi one... it's amazing... and your life either!!!! please, mail me to explain more about a childhood inBangladesh.


Submitted by: camila

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 20:12:29 -0400

Another fantastic achievement. Perhaps the second take is even better ;-)

Submitted by: Alastair

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 18:52:10 -0400

Hello Ihtisham,

Your pictures are really interesting. A very good job. Congratulations.

Submitted by: Jean-Claude Berger

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 16:18:33 -0400

Amazing pictures!

Submitted by: Cyber_Bangladesh

Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 10:02:40 -0400

Thanks for putting up this site.It is really interesting.I am from
Bangladesh too.I grew up in Dhaka and went to an english medium
school and am currently in USA.I like to visit sites that represent
Bangladesh.Thanks again.

Submitted by: qazi Moinul Hoq

Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1999 16:57:31 -0400

Hi, Its a cool page. I wanna use one of your picture in my webpage. I will put your name and title as well. Is it OK with you?

Submitted by: Russell  

Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 17:50:30 -0400

Mr. Kabir.

Your pictures give us a gentle reminder that children even if they are poor can be happy and that happiness is free. Great job.

Submitted by: sonia kabir

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 18:00:30 -0400

Nice images, Ihtisham! Are you heading into a new career? How have things been going for you?

Submitted by: Robert Mullis

Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 23:51:25 -0400

Dear Sir, Have seen your website. Found to be very intrigueing. Wonderful work. I hope I could do/achieve what you have done.

Tks/Rgds, Shaikh Abdul

Submitted by: Shaikh Abdul  

Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 04:46:13 -0400

Dear Mr Kabir,

I am Chaplain to a public hospital in a multicultural area of East London. I was very moved by your images, partly because about 7% of our population here originate from Bangladesh, and I run the Chaplaincy here as a multifaith team. Your image of the hands holding the bird is particularly powerful, and I was wondering whether you might give permission for us to reproduce this image (with appropriate acknowledgements) on some of our information sheets for patients. I would once again emphasize that we are a charitable Department within a non-profit, state funded hospital, and that the image would only be used by and within the Chaplaincy Department.

With best wishes, and congratulations on you work,

Ian McDowell (The Reverend)

Newham Healthcare, Glen Road, London E13

From: Ian McDowell --- 

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 16:47:35 -0400

Really extra-ordinary. I am also an amture photogrpher. But undoubtly your work is far better than me. I am totally impressed.


From: Akash --- 

Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 02:00:22 -0400


I tracked you down and the work is marvelous.

regards, Marion Bulin

From: Marion Bulin --- 

Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 23:44:05 -0400

Lovely, provocative photographs that capture the spirit of their subjects. Definitely much better than the media-influenced stereotypes we've been bombarded with. Thank you!

From: Melinda Misuraca --- 

Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 00:20:20 -0500

Dear Ihtisham Kabir,

I greatly admire your photography of Bangladeshi children. I was wondering if your work has been published in a book or not. If it is, I would be interested in purchasing a copy.

Jason Morgenson

From: Jason Morgenson --- 

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 17:01:14 -0500

Dear friend,

Last november I visited Bangladesh for two weeks. The first week we spent in the Sylhet area, visiting tea gardens, schools and hopsitals. We mainly visited Christian Congregations, and mainly Santali people.

I had the same prejudices that you mention, the image that western media gives. And my main impression from Bangladesh was very positive:yes it is a poor country, many people to share the scarce resources, but with a very positive attitude: we work to improve our situation, we send our children to school, we prepare for the next flood season, repairing the roads and bridges that were broken, and build them even a little higher, a little better, a little more concrete, as much as we can afford this year.

Your wonderful photographs bring back this attitude to me.

Thank you!

From: Baard Engevik --- 

Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 22:28:25 -0400

An absolutely wonderful project. I really loved the pictures and will hopefully be able to visit Bangladesh at some point in my life. I too am a photographer and use Leica and Canon equipment. Thank you for the great site.

From: Gabe Sachs --- 

Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 22:08:05 -0400

Your work shows depth of soul.

from: Jon Gips --- 

Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 20:21:40 -0400

Unlike some "street" photographers, who are afraid to "make" photographs because this process might spoil the images they capture at weird angles, you have blended a fine eye, a great heart, and a capable camera technique. Thank you. Jim, a former working photojournalist

From: Jim --- 

Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 12:10:53 -0400

I feel as if I was there in the village seeing those children together with Ihtisham Kabir.Thank you showing the spirit of those children, they are just like any other happy children everywhere and they proof to us that the human spirit is more important than anything else.Thanks Kabir for letting me see and understand the true picture of the childrens of Blangadeh.

human values

From: James Ling --- 

Date Sun, 10 May 1998 14:36:10 -0400

your photographs are very nice. I have always intended to go to Bangladesh. Some day I will. I have travelled a lot in India. I am a photographer and documentary film maker

Submitted by: Peter Spenceley

Date Sat, 2 May 1998 16:57:07 -0400

These are really nice..thank you for taking the time to bring these mostly forgotten children back and thanks especially for not FORGETTING !

Submitted by: Syeda Naila Sobhan

Date Sat, 2 May 1998 02:24:15 -0400

I really enjoyed your images. I spent 2 years in Dacca, just before and during the revolution. I was 13 and 14 years old at the time. It brought back many memories. I went hunting with my father in Sylhet in 1970. He worked for US AID.

My fat

Submitted by: Steve Wilson

Date Wed, 8 Apr 1998 13:27:24 -0400

The topics are so ordinary- a releif to our eyes and minds. The photoes gives a realistic impression of your society to any viewer.

Submitted by: russell

Mr. Kabir,

I really admire what your are doing presenting Bangladesh and it's culture to the would. Keep doing what you are doing.

Best of all

Submitted by: Rezaul Haque Shaikh

Date Wed, 1 Apr 1998 16:13:45 -0500

Dear Mr.Kabir

Congratulations for ur excelent effort and accomplishment. I myself is a photographer and currently studying art an the US. I really liked all ur photographs but some of em r excellent. And I totally agree w ur view about the portrayal of banladesh by western photographers. Its so true that the rich culture and heavy warmth of our people are very underrepresented. Thanks alot. wishing u a successful life long live bangladesh


Submitted by: shehzad 

Date Sun, 29 Mar 1998 20:42:31 -0500 (EST)

Beautiful site. My compliments. Keep up the good work. Almost all of our lives have sites like this but we are to busy to see them, let alone the presents of mine to record them in photographs. You have made our worlds come closer together with your recording the villages and children. Thanks

Submitted by:Hollis Baker

Date Wed, 25 Mar 1998 11:57:43 -0500


I am interested in learning about the culture of the Sylhetti Bengali people. Do you speak Sylhetti? I am in a graduate class that is learning about different cultures.

Mark Lewicki

Submitted by: Mark Lewicki

Date Thu, 19 Mar 1998 20:38:58 -0500

Your photographs are inspiring. They capture alot of human emotion; whether it be love, laughter, sadness. One thing that comes to mind immediately is how the faces of the people you spent time with is a reflection of many people throughout the world; no matter how simple their lives can be, they cherish it.

Submitted by: Annette 

Date Tue, 17 Mar 1998 14:41:37 -0500

Hi, my name is Jennifer Samuel. I am a senior at New York University graduating this year. I majored in anthropology and biology but in the last year have been taking several photography classes. I am extremetly interesteed in pursuing the field of photography in combination with anthropology, quite similar to what you've done, I think. I want to use photograhy to teach people about the depth of cultures around the world and bring to light problems that may exist with increasing gloabalization, etc. I am curious as to how you got started and also how you've managed to fund your travels. Also if you have any other photographers or programs I should look into, please list them. Thanks very much for your time.

Sincerely, Jennifer Samuel

Submitted by: Jennifer Samuel

Date Sun, 22 Feb 1998 21:30:49 -0500

Thank you for this artistic pictures,it's very emotional, I don't know yet the Bangladesh but I will go in May, in Dhaka to study the population but i will study the rich people. If you have information, I apreciate to know it.

Best regard

Florette (excuse me for my english I'm french)

Submitted by: Florette

I feel like I have made a new, compassionate friend. Thank you very much for sharing this part of your life. I wish you independence and good light. Joseph Blecha

Submitted by: Joseph P. Blecha

Date Tue, 3 Feb 1998 01:38:05 -0500

Hello fellow Bengali, I'm sylheti myself and also in Silicon Valley! Born in Bangladesh, raised in England and now working here :)

Submitted by: Mujibur Rahman Choudhury

Date Thu, 29 Jan 1998 15:58:55 -0500

Your page is very impressive and informative. I was wondering if you could give me more information on the general educational system in Bangladesh. I am currently in class at Hampton University that is studying the country and plans to travel there in September. I am particualry interest what it is like for children attending elementary and secondary school. Any help that you give us is greatly appreciated.

Submitted by: Sean Brandon

Date Mon, 26 Jan 1998 21:32:32 -0500

Is it possible for these photos to be used for educational purposes, at a national youth summit, in a movie? These photos are great. It's very hard to find quality photography on the net, wthout the hassel of long distance calls and postal contacts. Do get back t me ASAP. This is an informal approach, do let me know if this is posible, and more formal administrative contact will be issued.

Thank you!

Submitted by: Margaret

Date Mon, 26 Jan 1998 11:55:17 -0500

I like all of the picture.And I read the coverstory.You think deeply about childen.I don't know As you how many people think. But think as you think.I love my country and country people. I missed bangladesh a lot.

Submitted by: Arifur Rahman 

Date Sat, 24 Jan 1998 16:31:30 -0500

Man, We really liked your pictures. It made me laugh, made me feel loved, and felt little sorry. But I can say you have award winning photos. We the Bangali students of George Mason University Thank you!!!

Submitted by: Mohib 

Date Fri, 23 Jan 1998 11:54:51 -0500

Excellent photographs, and well presented. I was referred to this site by Hasan Abdullah in Hayward, California.

Submitted by: Mark Williamson 

I found your photographs interesting, beautiful and moving. I hope I'll see other works of you on the web. Have a good time. Michele

Submitted by: Michele Smargiassi

Date Fri, 9 Jan 1998 15:40:32 -0500

Hi,I am an art student at the University of Central Florida, and I'm taking and advanced painting cource, we are supposed to find master artworks and use them as source material for developing our skills, the idea is that we learn by emulating the greats, and then we become great, or something like that anyway, I am absolutely in love with your image of the young tea worker, I printed it, but the shadows came out wrong, I was wondering If I could have a small copy of it to do a painting from. My name is Victora Wahlman and my current E-mail adress is wahlman@fas.harvard.edu , thanks for your time,hope to hear from you soon.

Submitted by: Victoria Wahlman 

Date Tue, 30 Dec 1997 16:01:51 -0500

Some of the best I've seen on the web.

Simon, London

Submitted by: Simon Wray 

Date Sun, 28 Dec 1997 11:21:39 -0500

Very nice pictures. My favorites are the union leader with the grandchild and the boy at the brick factory. They are very moving and powerful images.

Submitted by: taophoto@ibm.net

http://orion.oac.uci.edu/~spk/taophoto.html (Gyan) 

Date Wed, 17 Dec 1997 05:31:20 -0500

Beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing.

Submitted by: Mark Garvey

Date Mon, 8 Dec 1997 17:10:54 -0500

I love your photographs of the children of Bangladesh, Ihtisham. Thank you for the opportunity to see them. Beautiful work! Tina Manley

Submitted by: Tina Manley

Date Fri, 5 Dec 1997 20:51:43 -0500

very nice photos I'm sure you learned a great deal from these people the gift you have is wonderful, keep up the nice work, and spirit of work

Submitted by: Karen

Date Mon, 1 Dec 1997 03:54:59 -0500

i really enjoyed your pictures especially since i like black & white pictures. i'm doing my research paper on families in bangladesh for one of my classes, and i'm planning to use one or more of your pictures for my visual aid to be used during my presentation!

Submitted by: ariko

Date Sat, 29 Nov 1997 01:25:06 -0500

Mr. Kabir,

Excellent work. I appreciate that. By the way, my wife has a school project to show child labor in bangladesh. If you have any, can you send me some files on that. It will help her a lot.

Again, thanks for the wonderful job.

Regards Mo Anwar

Submitted by: Mohammed Anwar

Date Sun, 23 Nov 1997 09:37:47 -0500

Looking at your photographs were a rare treat! Not only from the technical point of view, but also because my own childhood owes a lot to the beauty and spirit of the land. I hope you will continue to delight us (the photonuts) for a long time to come.

Submitted by: pervez alam

Date Mon, 10 Nov 1997 14:23:01 -0500

I am a Bengali myself and I am very proud of that. Last summer I spent five weeks there and everything you wrote on this page is true. Bengali people are some of the nicest and hardest working people in the world. After spendig some time there I realized how much I loved Bangladesh and its culture. Even though it might be a one of the poorest countries in the world it is the richest in terms of beauty.

Submitted by: Rumon Ahmed

Date Tue, 11 Nov 1997 10:56:22 -0500

I saw the pictures and the writing tonight. I am very glad that you have pictured your country correctly in pictures. How is Siena and Ihsan?


Submitted by: Abbu

Date Fri, 7 Nov 1997 14:53:05 -0500

Enjoyed your website. Excellent piece of work!

Submitted by: Akhlaque Haque

Date Thu, 6 Nov 1997 15:28:07 -0500

Keep up the good work.

Submitted by: Azim Fahmi

Date Tue, 4 Nov 1997 12:42:25 -0500

Your work is absolutely top quality and very inspiring! In case you are interested in some of my pictures, I'm at http://www.ccsom.uva.nl/~jeroen/photography.html

Submitted by: (jeroen bruggeman) 

Date Mon, 3 Nov 1997 17:07:00 -0500


I am an editor at Photo District News Magazine and I am interested in contacting Ihtisham for a possible story on his wonderful work. I would like to see some of these images in person, so I was wondering if I could receive some slides or prints by mail. My phone # is 212-536-6419 and my e-mail is listed below. Please contact me ASAP. Thank you for your time.

Submitted by: Anthony LaSala

Date Wed, 5 Nov 1997 14:43:59 -0500

Ihtisham, I think you have done a marvellous job. I like all the pics especially the one where the boy is playing with the used tyre as I myself used to play with used tyres in my younger days in India,and it certainly brings back a lot of memories. As an amateur photographer I like to congratulate you for a job well done. Keep up the good work and all the best.

Submitted by: Mohan Marette

Date Mon, 3 Nov 1997 11:52:33 -0500

First chance I've had to view your work,really impressive.Hopefully your work is ongoing.

Submitted by: Adam Artis  

Date Mon, 3 Nov 1997 01:10:56 -0500

Absolutely beautiful photographs!

I spent the last year working and travelling in Asia, and learning photography. While I ended up with some nice photos, your detail, and ability to bring the portraits to life is inspiring. Thanks,


Submitted by: Jeff Booth 

Date Tue, 28 Oct 1997 20:35:21 -0500

i liked the sincerity in your pictures and text. perhaps the most important ingridient in a picture

Submitted by: santosh sivan. 

Date Sat, 25 Oct 1997 00:13:33 -0400

The pictures are wonderful as is the quiet design of the web page. I'm intrigued at how the main photo changes every time one returns to the home page. How is that done, if I may ask? (And if it's not too much of a pain to explain in a few words!)

Submitted by: Kathleen Derevan 

Date Tue, 21 Oct 1997 23:16:56 -0400


These photos are just beautiful. You have a very good eye for capturing the soul of your subject.

Carrie Zeidman (Bob's other half)

Submitted by: Carrie Zeidman 

Date Sun, 19 Oct 1997 17:59:12 -0400

Thank you for the pictures. Although the series doesn't represent all the kids of Bangladesh, it does protray a large crosssection of the children in Bangldesh. I enjoyed your coverage of the children in their precious moments. If possible keeping adding new faces from various parts of the country and on various age groups as well as gender and social class groups. I looked at those pictures with an eye into the future. These children are the future of Bangladesh. Those of us who have left the country may make a note of what we can do for the wellbeing of today's Bangldeshi children so they can prepare themselves for the challenge of buidling a strong and rich nation. Your pictures remind us of the hidden potentials of a crosssection of the Bangldesh population.

Keep up the good work. Thanks again for the opportunity to a get visual protrayal of the children of Bangladesh. Thanks for the technical note too.

Submitted by: Kazi A. Ahmed 

Date Wed, 15 Oct 1997 12:36:52 -0400


These are really great pictures. I think you should definitely spend the time to put them into a book. I also think your text is great. The idea of dispelling stereotypes is exactly what I was talking about - a theme that people can grasp on to. You don't need my input.

Good luck. I hope that Sonya is doing OK. Send her our regards. (By the way, the day after we talked, Carrie went into the hospital for severe back pain. She's home now, but I need to look after her. If the pain doesn't subside she'll need surgery, but it looks like the medication she got is helping.)

It also looks like I'm going to sign with Prentice Hall for a Verilog textbook. They put a new editor on the project and he was able to give me a slightly better deal than the first one.

Let's keep in touch. When things slow down for you, give me a call.


Submitted by: Bob

Date Sat, 11 Oct 1997 22:58:35 -0400

I came here tonight because i could not sleep, worrying about my life and my problems and my needs. After visiting Bangladesh through your eyes, I am reminded how joyful life really is. The faces of those children, some glowing, some hauntingly somber, will stay with me for sometime to come. I am a student of photography and your black and white images make me want to know it all now. One image in particular, Chaklapoonji Tea Estate, 1996 really grabbed me. I wait for the day when I look through my lens and see something so simple and yet so complex. His eyes tell the story of his life. Thank you for sharing your story of discovery with me tonight. Regards, Paula Benson, Highland Park, IL

Submitted by: Paula Benson

Date Thu, 9 Oct 1997 13:32:22 -0400

I was thrilled watching the pictures. Now a days as it's getting harder to have real tears, those pictures were real help. Thanks for giving a real , honest touch of my country.

Submitted by: Kashfia Nahreen

Date Sun, 5 Oct 1997 04:38:09 -0400

We visited your site by chance. By coincidence My friend was also born in Sylhet. We enjoyed your photos and your text.

Submitted by: Gregory Mowle 

Date Wed, 1 Oct 1997 15:10:36 -0400

I love these pictures. Are they collected in a book, or can they be purchased individually?

Submitted by: sam adler

Hi, that photos are beatiful. I take my time to look this photos.

Submitted by: Niche

Date Wed, 17 Sep 1997 15:38:44 -0400

Excellent ..... and quite universal....

Submitted by: arunabha guha

Date Fri, 12 Sep 1997 16:22:46 -0400

This is a beautiful set of photographs. I was very moved by how simple and happy these children are. I lived in Bangladesh for 18 years, and even though I am not Bangladeshi, it is my true country. Once again, your photographs are wonderful.

Submitted by: Francoise Labrique

Date Fri, 12 Sep 1997 13:31:35 -0400

Absolutely beautiful!

Submitted by: Nicole

Date Fri, 12 Sep 1997 04:14:03 -0400

Nice pictures. Congratulations. You've done an excelent job.

Submitted by: Oli Palmi

Date Thu, 11 Sep 1997 01:14:37 -0400

Very nice pictures. I am suddenly very interested in the Leica M6 and found a link to your page from a link from the Leica home page ! The M6 is, unfortunately, a trifle expensive for me now, so I had to settle for a Canon Rebel G. Maybe some day ...

Again, very nice pictures. B&W is a very expressive medium.

Regards, sairam

Submitted by: Sairam Sundaram