Times are changing in Afghanistan – Before, under the Taliban regime, taking photos or making videos of brides was absolutely forbidden. Now in most Afghan families there is a special photo session for the bride when she can show off her dress on the wedding day. Afghanistan April 2006 © M N I Chowdhury
Statement: Wedding ceremonies differ from culture to culture. As I am not familiar with Afghan wedding, I was watching each and every trait with utter enthusiasm. I said ‘watching’ because being completely ignorant about their language; I had no other choice but to do my work as quiet as a dumb. Any way, there are many rich who arrange private photo and video sessions during their wedding which is to be viewed with friends and families only. I took this frame from such a session. As we have an influence of Indian culture in our country, theirs is a combination of Arabic and European culture. The thing that amused me most is that in their weddings the bridegroom has to bear all the costs of the wedding relieving the bride’s family.
M N I Chowdhury is a documentary photographer based in Bangladesh. Born in 1982, he completed his Bachelor in Commerce (Hons) from National University of Dhaka College in 2003. In 2005, he passed out from Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography with a degree in Photography.
M N I Chowdhury’s special interest lies in night photography, graffiti on walls and pictorial images that are feature based. His photo stories include ‘Night at Dhaka Railway Station’, ‘St. Martin’, ‘ Istema’, ‘Night Life in the City’, ‘Wall Painting’, ‘New Afghanistan’, ‘Stone Gathering’, to name just a few. His photographs have been exhibited in Thailand, Nepal and Bangladesh and published in various newspapers, calendars, and photo books. He was an exchange participant to Afghanistan from Bangladesh in 2005-2006. Currently, he is working as a Freelance Photographer.