Dhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivation


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Nurur Rahman Khan was born and bred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A practicing architect and university lecturer, Khan alternately marvels at the city’s convivial culture and bemoans its economic and structural deficiencies. He’ll brook no debate over the quality of Dhaka’s food, though: It’s miraculously good. Here’s a taste of Khan’s Dhaka, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed, a TED Senior Fellow, architect, designer and technology consultant.

This wasn’t your regular photoshoot. Tauheed was hampered in his task by the tense political situation. Earlier this month he wrote, “We just faced around six days of hartal [strike]. Vehicles were torched, crude bombs exploded and around eight people died across the country. In Dhaka there were no cars in the street, only rickshaws and bikes. I was running errands on my bike with a camera for the photos, and a few locations were just a bit too dangerous to cover.” As we post this, another 48-hour strike is under…

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