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Jashim Salam’s work revolves around topics that are relevant to his country and its people.This young photojournalist calls himself a story-teller who conveys his message mostly through photographs. Story of Charak Puja, which literally translates as ‘Wheel Worship’, is of an annual folk festival that falls in March each year, marking the last day of Bengali year and is observed by the followers of Hindu religion all over rural Bangladesh.

‘The power to capture the essence of life, human emotions and the story that leads to these emotions persuaded me to take-up photojournalism and documentary photography. It need not be any intense topic. Anything subtle, or what many might even think of as trivial, but daily life manifesting emotions capable of engaging an audience, is enough incentive for me to go ahead and capture the story and represent my country, which I remain immensely proud of,’ says Jashim Salam. ‘I document my own culture, heritage and festivals along with other social issues. Charak Puja is one of the most ancient religious festivals that is still celebrated in some rural villages of Bangladesh. It is slowly losing its grandeur in modern-day society. I am afraid that in coming years this too will disappear, like many other religious celebrations, taking with it our cultural past.’

‘The year, according to Bengali calendar, ends with Chaitra Songkranti. This is when people arrange village fairs and perform rituals, including forms of body piercing. A group of Hindu devotees perform these rituals. It is a folk festival celebrated in the Hindu community of some rural areas of Bangladesh and in some sections in India’s state of West Bengal. People come out to pray to Lord Shiva, and the offering which are collected from all the surrounding villages are later distributed among the many gathered devotees,’ says Salam.

Jashim Salam is currently working on Water World, his personal project on climate change, and its effect, especially on urban settings, like his home city, Chittagong. ‘This is a very personal ongoing project as the tidal floods affect my family and my home regularly. The effects of climate change – rising sea-level and sea-surface temperature, carbon emissions by First World countries, deforestation, global warming  – have brought a sudden vulnerability to the lives and livelihoods of people living in Chittagong city and coastal areas of Bangladesh,’ says Salam. ‘Last several years, my family has been greatly affected by the tidal floods. Lately, our home, which is situated in the heart of the city of Chittagong, goes under tidal waters often. If the sea-level keeps increasing, I could lose my roots. With all my childhood memories along with my photographs, I am portraying a city that I am deeply connected with – and the suffering that experienced along with its inhabitants.’

Jashim Salam’s message to us all…..

‘Take your time to understand what makes you happy rather than tagging along with the hype around you. Patience is important. Happiness and success will follow.’

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Jashim Salam is a documentary photographer based in Bangladesh.
Graduated in photography from Pathshala – The South Asian Media Institute.

He started his photographic career with DrikNEWS agency. He has since worked for New Age, an English daily of Bangladesh, Drik Picture Agency, Majority World, NUR Photo Agency Demotix and Corbis Images.

His work has been published in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines and publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, Lens Blog – New York Times, Reuters, National Geographic, SPIEGEL, Observer, New Internationalist, The Guardian, WIRED, Corbis, Reader’s Digest, Himal South Asian, Better Photography, The Climate Crisis, CNN, Photojournale, AP,ZUMA Press, SIPA Press, Garuda Indonesia magazine, Forum Magazine, Daily Star, New Age, Prothom Alo, New Nations and many others.

He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including, Jury’s special award in 6th Humanity Photo Awards in China, Emirates Photography award in UAE, Ian Parry scholarship in England, Fotovisura grant in USA, Mosco foto awards, YIPPA photojournalism award in Korea, FCCT photojournalism award in Thailand, IPA street photography award in Singapore, Asian Press Photo contest in China, 69th International Photographic Salon of Japan (Ashahi Shimbun) award, People and Planet award in Australia, CEDAW Photo award in U.S.A, CGAP microfinance photo award, International year of biodiversity award, Europe and Asia – dialogue of cultures photo award in Russia, Kuanas photo contest award, and the Garuda Indonesia International photo award.

His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide including Visa Pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France, The Photoville festival in New York, Atrium of the Town Hall, The Hague, Netherlands, Maison familiale Pro Juventute, Geneva, Switzerland, The Getty Images Gallery, London, Gallery of the French Alliance Foundation Paris, France.




Âme a French word that means soul is a very personal ongoing project where I am trying to find my soul and where it belongs. In between people, friends, places and objects that matters to me. It is difficult to express what souls exactly try to find in lifetime or even after death. Does soul live forever? If so where it belongs? Does it keep coming back to those things that matter?
The small things, places, a simple voice or music, some faces, even quiet moment are very precious for me. The everyday life, smell, transport, backyard or in monsoon rain my venture will continue with the soul.

The aesthetics used here using double exposure in film for kind of eerie feeling as soul searching. The result of each image is as it is comes out straight from the camera.

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It’s been said that good things are transitory. Those good little things are so special and precious that even on your unprecedented painful agony it can sooths you more than anything in the world. Good things of life can’t be purchased or can’t be achieved with plan and effort. It gonna happen when it need to happen. Those precious things and moments surrounded by lots of problem and those problems come from nowhere. Like every rose has it’s throne, every precious things folded with danger and problem. But if one really adore rose, it doesn’t matter how many thrones shades blood.

I’ve been in another visual diary right in -front of our home during this winter.

Seems like the wonderful winter sun waits for me everyday to observe life around little ally with bursting rays. Now the winter is gone so does the sunshine where it was waiting for me. No matter how much I try, now it’s not coming back in the same place for me.

The life moves on around the ally and I am stranded in the same place without that precious little sunshine.

Hard to wait for another season to my sunshine back at same place as the ever changing urban landscape with so many problems might not allow it to burst in same place. But I’ll wait and see that’s for sure.

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Just west of the Indian border, Jaflong is a township whose natural abundance is under threat. This rural area has the potential to be a dream destination for urban-weary tourists seeking the tranquil surroundings of lush forests and pristine waterfalls. But unfortunately, all is not well here. Over the past two decades, Jaflong’s landscape has been systematically destroyed. The vista that could have once come straight off an artist’s canvas is changing fast. Perhaps forever.

Boulders have become Jaflong’s blight. With more than a hundred stone-extracting and crushing companies operating in and around its perimeter, the entire area has turned into a huge stone quarry.The stone traders excavated both sides of the Piyain River but did not fill the holes they dug for stones.The stone crushing units in Jaflong have also been posing a serious threat to the environment and the workers who work at the industry.The stone crushers are being operated in populous areas in violation of the rules,

polluting the environment and posing a serious health risk.Locals said a lot of noise created by the stone crushers and the air pollution deter tourists from visiting the area.Respiratory diseases and headache are common among the labourers.

“According to the rules, stone crushers must use water in the machine to stop dust from spreading but only a few firms abide by the rules, said Zakir, owner of a crushing unit. Around 500 stone crushing mills have been operating in Jaflong .

The mining companies see Jaflong as an exploitable resource, rather than a scenic treasure and tourist’s hotspot.