“ Rangshom Mro” – a murong tribe of Bandarban district. He is the man of 65 years & the leader of “Langrui” village. Tired & trusty Rangshom is taking water by setting a “Choung” (Bamboo Pipe) on the “Pahari Jhiri” ( Water Falls in Hill Area) at the hill on the way of hunting. The water distribution / supply system in the hill side not up to the mark. The water falls is the only source of drinking water for them. Even though it is a reliable source every years get attack diarrhea & die. Bandarban April 2007 © Sumon Yusuf
I worked in “Langrui” the village of murong tribal in Bandarban district for last two years & I studied on their life style. Hill tracks attracted me from my childhood & still now I’m being attracted. I am fond of it. I had trip with a group to the hill on November 2005. There spent some time with the murong tribal & talked with them. From then I decided to do a photography project on murong life style. On a trip to langrui I met “Rangshom Karbari”, the leader of the village. He was on the way of hunting to the hill. After a long time he stood beside a “Pahari Jhiri” ( Water Falls in Hill Area) & satisfied his thrust “CHOUNG” (a Bamboo Pipe) which was on his hand.
Sumon Yusuf was born in 1980 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His passion for photography began with a periodical published in Dhaka in 2001. A Minolta 300X Camera was his first tool to begin Photography. Sumon saw what he describes as ‘a childish and curious expression in people’s faces’ which attracted him to advance in the world of photography.
He completed a three month basic course on photography in ‘Centre for Asian Arts and Culture’ in Dhaka in 2002. He also completed a Diploma on Photography from ‘South Asian Institute of Photography’, Pathshala, in 2005. After that he worked as a freelance photographer last three years.
His major client is ‘Save The Children (Australia)’ ‘James P.Grant School Of Public Health, Brac University’ ‘Standard Chartered Bank’ ‘Grameen Phone’ ‘Bangla Cat’ ‘Inter Speed’ Bench Mark’ etc. In 2006 he worked with some Bengali leading newspaper the Daily Porthom-Alo and the Daily Samakal.
Recently making a photo essay on indigenous ‘Shaotal’ community and indigenous ‘Murong’ people in Bandarban hill-tracts district of Bangladesh.
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