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With a Kodak-127 camera Abdul Hamid Raihan started capturing images in 1946, framing portraits of friends, relatives and scenes of natural beauty. But his devotion to photography actually started when he bought a Yashica-635 in 1965 and made it his permanent

During the Liberation War in 1971, Abdul Hamid Raihan moved to India with his family. Leaving his family members in Karimpur, India he joined the liberation war with his the Yashica camera in hand. Till September14, 1971 he acted as an assistant in-charge of Karimpur recruitment camp which was known as youth camp or the feeder camp. Then, he joined the volunteer service core of the then Mujibnagar government as a photographer. There, his responsibilities were to capture the moments of our unconquerable fighters preparing for front wars as well as the devastations caused by the Pakistani soldiers and their local companions. The objective was to boost the morale of our suffering countrymen and to build public opinion in favour of our liberation war.

In less than three months, he framed about five hundreds photograph including the activities of the Mujibnagar government, training sessions of the freedom fighters, tortures of the Pakistani soldiers and war-torn areas. After the independence, he returned to Kushtia and established `Rupantor Studio'. But the moments and the memory of 1971 and the images he captured still remains deep inside his heart and at the age of 75 he nurtures it as his own child.

Abdul Hamid Raihan engaged himself in the language movement when he was a student. During those days, he oriented himself in the politics of Awami League. In 1969, he acted as vice-president of Kushtia town Awami League; in 1970, he was the office secretary of Khulna sub-divisional Awami League as well as member and councilor of the working committee of district Awami League. From 1957 to 1970, he also served Pakistan Tobacco Company as distribution manager. After independence he was an elected commissioner of Kushtia Pouroshava till 1984 and in 1985 he was the vice-president of district Awami League and councilor of Bangladesh Awami League. Besides his political affiliation, he also served in various organizations like Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Lions Club, Family Planning Department of Bangladesh government and Bangladesh Rose Society.

From 1972 he has been holding photographic exhibitions in the premises of his studio Rupantor. In addition, his valuable photographic assets left its mark in many publications and in several museums. Mukhtijuddha Jadughor is currently preserving his 290 photographs. Among others, there are 175 photographs in `Bijoy Keton' museum of Dhaka cantonment, 30 each in Jessore and Mymensingh cantonment. In 1987, Bangladesh government published the book `Muktijuddhayer Alokchitra' and there 27 of his photographs were used. Moreover, his photographs can also be found in MR Akhter's book `Muktijuddhayer Alokchitra' and in MA Bari's book `Memoirs of a Blood Birth'.  Rabindra Sangit Sammilon Parishod arranged one of his notable exhibitions where it was inaugurated by poet Shamsur Rahman.

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