Mangaluru, Feb 8, 2015: A collection of hundred black-and-white photographs depicting day-to-day scenes on streets captured by lensman Ahmed Anwar was displayed at an exhibition titled ’Street Life,’ organised jointly by Talent Research Foundation, Coastaldigest, M Friends Mangaluru and Team Ahlan organisations in Mangaluru on Feb 7.
The four-day exhibition at Talent Foundation Hall (near Cochin bakery Kankanady) was inaugurated by Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader. "The photographs exhibited have captured the sentiments of people living on streets. I will buy the photographs," he said. The photographs showcased lensman’s social concern by portraying the difficulties of people living on the street."
Speaking on the occasion, he said health insurance for APL families is set to be introduced in the State. The insurance scheme will commence shortly. ’Arogya Bhagya’ facility will be extended to journalists and those who are availing pension facilities.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that the monochrome images captured by Ahmed Anwar motivated one to pause and contemplate on the hardships faced by people living on streets. Anwar said "man gets to live once in his lifetime. One should not be scared of ill health. I have been facing health complications bravely and moving forward. The black and white photographs bring out the reality and is more effective."
Addressing the gathering Ahmed Anwar said that he has not let his terminal illness deter him in any way. "Life comes only once. An ailment can not deter one’s spirit to live. As black and white images give more depth to the moment, I have displayed the photos in the same way."
Shabana, the first Muslim female Chartered Accountant in Mangaluru, was honoured. The photographs featured at the exhibition include ’Unknown destiny,’ ’Back to home,’ ’The rage,’ ’Morning Raga’ and ’Weaving.’ The photos will be on display at the exhibition from 10 am to 5 pm. Feb 10.