Arts + Design

Dhaka in pictures: A city of culture, opportunity, deprivation

Sep 29, 2013 /

Nurur Rahman Khan was born and bred in Dhaka, Bangladesh; here’s a taste of his home city, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed, a TED Senior Fellow, architect, designer and technology consultant.

This wasn’t your regular photoshoot. Tauheed was hampered in his task by the tense political situation. He told TED in an email, “We just faced around six days of hartal [strike]. Vehicles were torched, crude bombs exploded and around eight people died across the country. In Dhaka there were no cars in the street, only rickshaws and bikes. I was running errands on my bike with a camera for the photos, and a few locations were just a bit too dangerous to cover.” Such tumult is a visceral reminder that democracy is very much a work-in-progress — and our sincere thanks go to both Tauheed and Khan for working with us even as their daily life is upended regularly.

Read more about Nurur Rahman Khan and his life and work in Dhaka. This article was published as part of our “Questions Worth Asking” series. This week’s teaser: “What makes a city feel like home?