Dhaka Bangladesh Street Photography

25 Photos From the Streets of Dhaka

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Bangladesh, Street Photography

I’ve already written quite a bit about my experiences traveling in Dhaka, and since most of my readers have a very short attention span or are semi-literate, (Did he just disparage his readers?) I am going to get right to the point and share a collection of photos from the capital of Bangladesh.

The one thing will I reiterate is this: although the photogenic people of Bangladesh are exceedingly friendly and very open to photography, it is very difficult to get a good photo because everything is so crowded and cluttered. Dhaka is visual anarchy. Every time I stopped to take a photo I attracted an audience and it was almost impossible to simply blend in and wait for the right shot. I look forward to returning someday now that I know what to expect because nothing can prepare you for the frenetic energy of Dhaka.

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Have you been to Bangladesh before? Do you have a favorite photo in the set? I’d like to hear your comments.

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32 thoughts on “25 Photos From the Streets of Dhaka”

      • Hmmm, tough call. Love the totally contented smiles amidst the mess in #9; the angle and smokey background of #10; the way my eye is drawn to the man in the shirt and tie in #11 and something about the colours and composition of #21.

      • #9 was one of many “group portraits” I took. So many times several people would pose at once and I’d get a shot. This scene is so weird too because they are just hanging out in this filthy auto shop. #10 was funny because a man came down the street blowing a mosquito mister thing filling the air with a big white cloud. Everyone went inside except the kids and photographers who chased him. This was taken during the aftermath. I guess #11 works because the guy in the shirt breaks the rhythm of the other rickshaws. Thanks for commenting.

  1. Kyle Davis says:

    The shot of the beardo is rocking. Captivating shot. The old lady walking by the fruit cart is up there, too.

    • That beard was amazing! I just walked right up to that guy and took several photos and he didn’t even pay attention to me. Shooting people in Bangladesh is so easy. I like that lady too – something about that perspective shows how tiny she is. Thanks for commenting.

    • A lot of people on social media and the blog liked #21 – I think the background, color, and at the diminutive lady make it a nice scene. It was one of the few times I could make an uncluttered image!

  2. Jeff wonderful street photography and def hard to select favorites, but here are some I love:

    11, 18 and 22.

    And the one of the rickshaws is epic. I like the shave one too as I have quite a few versions of those from different countries, as where ever we are Ben loves to get a dollar shave on the street or in a small barber shop like this.

    Looks like Moroccan tagine pots in the photo of the street food.

    Thanks for some great visuals….
    Peta

    • I love taking photos in barber shops because of the action and the mirrors although I never get a dollar shave because I have a beard! I image Ben gets to meet some interesting locals that way. I think the guy was making some sort of dessert in the “tagine” pots but I’m not sure. Thanks for your feedback – I am always interested in seeing what people like.

  3. Great series of pictures, Jeff, impossible to pick a favourite. I must get myself on to one of Maciej Dakowicz’s photo tours at some point.

    • They are great fun. You get to shoot constantly for 7 days with likeminded people. Maciej is a great photographer and teacher and a great guy.

  4. I’ve been to Bangladesh before, visiting a customer, and the dinners/discussions with my Bangladeshi friends there really opened my eyes.
    As for photos, #23 is my favorite, as I think this would be a great place to work 🙂

    • That street was full of booths representing the political parties. The elections were about to happen and yes, I imagine it was a very interesting place to work.

      What did your co-workers have to say? I am sure you could write a book about that.

  5. If Indonesians didn’t need a visa to go to Bangladesh I think I would have gone there since my early years of traveling. However, it’s the historical places outside Dhaka that I most want to see, including the Somapura Mahavihara.

    • I want to go back and explore the countryside for sure. The visa process was really strange. I had a hotel reservation for 8 days so they gave me a 9-day visa. Do you know if it is difficult to get a visa for you? It wasn’t too hard for me but I think they recently made it much easier.

      • What I read on the internet was that to get a visa I would be required to come to the Bangladeshi embassy here in Jakarta for an interview. Maybe I should mention your name to them should I decide on going there one day.

  6. There are many incredible women in Bangladesh, working in the streets and moving about. I only see a few in you photos, and lots of men. Why?

    • There are a lot of incredible women in Bangladesh for sure, but the vast majority of people out and about are men. Perhaps I took more photos of men because they were more eager to be photographed and maybe I’m a little shy around girls.

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