Photographer's Note

Just a picture of a crowd, you may think. Personally, I find this photo rather amusing.

The young man with the camera is Chris, a traveller from Australia. We happened to stay in the same dormitory in Calcutta, and since we were both heading for Bangladesh, we decided to go together for a few days.

This was in late 1972, just a year after the Bangladesh war of independence, The country was fairly chaotic and the number of foreign tourists virtually nil (well, maybe five). Wherever we went we caused a sensation and were surrounded by crowds, young and old alike. Never unfriendly, just very curious.

The crowds sometimes made it impossible for us to take any photos, because there would always be a number of faces staring into our cameras. So now and then we tried a tactic where one of us would pretend to take pictures of the crowd, while the other would discreetly go away and take the "real" pictures.

This was one of those occasions when Chris was pretending, and I turned back to se how he was doing.

This picture was scanned from an East German Orwo original b&w negative.

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