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Tamim Jamshed's images going to Rome

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Young Bangladeshi photographer Tamim Jamshed's photo-essay, “Blooming Concrete”, has been selected for the prestigious Fotografia- International Festival of Rome. Jamshed is among 15 selected photographers from around the globe.
All 15projects will be displayed in the MACRO Testaccio Museum during the festival in October 2012. An international jury has selected the photographers including five finalists for the 2012 edition. Jamshed's work is among 10 stories in the special mention category.
“Blooming Concrete” is a narrative of the rapid, unplanned transformation of Dhaka where land is being gobbled up -- posing a serious threat to its inhabitants. Today's Dhaka is plagued with a number of mounting problems including deforestation, lack of agricultural land and high population density. All these have turned the city into a concrete jungle.
The Dhaka-born Jamshed was a close witness of these changes that laid the ground for the story. “During my school days, I used to go to the fields to play cricket with my friends. Nowadays in my area, children and young boys play on their rooftops,” says Jamshed ruefully.
Jamshed started the project in 2010. He said that the documentaries -- “Home” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” by Godfrey Reggio -- inspired him greatly along the way.
He travelled on the fringes of Dhaka city to capture the stark images.
He also shared that Superegg, an unconventional communications and marketing agency, will publish the best pictures of the 15 finalists and create a one night show in collaboration with Fotografia at their space on September 22.

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