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Liberation War in Images: Photography - A Classroom Resource


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This activity can be done with any photographs related to the Bangladesh Liberation War. Here's a sample. Click on the arrow on the right to view the remaining three images.

  • Step 1 - Describe:

Look at each photograph and note what you see, in very general terms. You can include light, colour, subject, composition etc., or anything else of particular interest.

  • Step 2 - Contextualise:

Now look at each picture again and try and identify as many clues as you can find which will help you to establish context. What helps to pinpoint the region/location, the nature of involvement of the subject etc. that helps in reconstructing the broader background? In what ways do the photographs help to reach a better understanding of the larger events that were being played out?

  • Step 3 - Relate:

Finally look for similar images of people’s struggles taking place around the world today. Ideally you should look for one photograph that matches with each of the given pictures. Save the image after entering a brief description in the tables given here.


All images courtesy Muktijuddho e-Archive, 1971.

Image details:

  • Image 1: Courtesy: Naibuddin Ahmed/ Muktijuddho e-Archive October, 1971

  • Image 2: Courtesy: Naibuddin Ahmed/ Muktijuddho e-Archive Liberation army in action. December 8, 1971.

  • Image 3: Courtesy: Sayeeda Khanom/ Muktijuddho e-Archive The female Liberation warriors during combat training near Azimpur field, Dacca, 1971.

  • Image 4: Courtesy: Naibuddin Ahmed/ Muktijuddho e-Archive A victim of sexual violence by the West Pakistani Army in 1971.


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