Noazesh Ahmed passes away
Dr Noazesh Ahmed, renowned genetic scientist, photographer and a horticultural writer, passed away on November 24, 2009 following a massive cardiac arrest. He was born in Manikganj on February 1, 1935.
His portraitures of Bangladesh’s pre-eminent artists as well as his unusual images that were constructed employing double-exposure, catapulted him to fame. He managed to make inroads into the popular psyche because of his memorable book covers and images that once occupied the urban cultural space in the form of yearly calendar, magazine photo-spread and even modeling photograph.
One extraordinarily captivating entry was his photograph capturing a faint portraiture of a woman against a gossamer zamdani (sari), which was put on the cover of Shonali Kabin, one of the most celebrated collections of Bangla poems by Al Mahmud.
Though Noazesh Ahmed developed a knack for photography during his childhood, it is through his elder brother Naib Uddin Ahmed, a popular photographer in his days, that he became privy to the aestheticized world of image reproduction as well as production. The schoolboy Noazesh began to develop his photographic antics with a 'baby brownie' camera in his leisure time. While a student of class ten he took a wonderful photograph titled "Struggle" featuring two men towing a boat, which was later exhibited at the Commonwealth Institute Exhibition in London in 1949. From that point on he never had turn back.
As an avid nature enthusiast, he has been able to produce a bulk of photographs of flowers, indigenous fruits and plants in the last few years as he was in the process of cataloguing both rare and common species of his land. His death has summarily brought an end to his project.