Sayeeda Khanam, the first female professional photographer of Bangladesh, has passed away. She was 82.
The photographer, who was suffering from old age complications, breathed her last at 2:45am on Monday at her Banani residence in the capital, reports Somoy TV.
Born in Pabna on December 29, 1937, she began her career as a photographer in Begum, a newspaper, in 1956. She worked as a photographer with the filmmaker Satyajit Ray in three of his films. She also did portraits of figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Satyajit Ray.
The photographer captured many photographs and events of the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
She received the prestigious Ekushey Padak for his contribution in photography in 2019.
State Minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid has expressed his deep grief at the death of Sayeeda Khanam.