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We mourn
Observer Online report
Publish Date : 2014-10-14,  Publish Time : 09:35,  View Count : 271
Azizur Rahim Peu, our beloved photo editor, died of cardiac arrest at his residence in the capital early Tuesday. He was 50.

Peu left behind his wife, a son, a daughter and a host of relatives, friends, admirers and well wishers to mourn his death.

Earlier, at about 3am, Peu felt severe chest pain at his residence at House 13/A, Road 9/A in West Dhanmondi. Shortly after feeling sickness, he was rushed to the City Hospital at Lalmatia where doctors declared him dead, said his son Chishti Rahim.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of renowned photojournalist Peu.

In a condolence message, the President recalled his contributions to the field of photojournalism and said his death caused an irreparable loss to the photojournalism in Bangladesh.

Abdul Hamid prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed his deep sympathy to his bereaved family members.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also expressed deep shock at the death of renowned photojournalist Azizur Rahim Peu.

In a condolence message, she said the death of Peu is an irreparable loss to the field of photojournalism as the nation has lost a dedicated photojournalist at his death.

His namaz-e-janaza was held at the National Press Club around 2:00pm.

Azizur Rahim Peu's body will be kept at the mortuary of BIRDEM Hospital till October 19.

He  will be laid to rest at his family graveyard at Guptapara in Rangpur city after the arrival of his sister from abroad.

A pall of gloom descended on the journalist community at the death of prominent photojournalist.

The Daily Observer family members expressed deep shock at the death of one of their beloved colleagues and the Photo Editor of the newspaper.

Born on June 10, 1964, Peu was the editor and publisher of 'Baher Sangbad', a popular Bangla daily published from Rangpur district.

In his long carrier, Peu worked in the Daily Ittefaq and the Daily Shokaler Khobor.   He was a founding member of Drik News, a teacher of photography training school Pathshala, and the president of Bangladesh Photojournalists Forum.

He obtained Diploma in Photojournalism from the International Institute for Journalism, Berlin, Germany in 1992, completed a 3-year BA degree  in Photography from Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute in 2001, and MA in International Photojournalism, Documentary and Travel Photography from University of Bolton, UK, in 2008.

Peu started his career with the National Museum as a photographer in 1985 to document archeological monuments across the country. In 1988, he joined the Daily Ittefaq as a photojournalist.

Peu got many national and international awards for his outstanding contributions to photography like Shilpakala Academy Gold Medal, Iftekhar Foundation Gold Medal (IFA), UNEP Best Environmental Photo Award.

His photography exhibitions were held at National Museum, Royal Tropical Museum in Amsterdam, different kindergarten schools in Berlin (organised by Publicata Society of Berlin) and the Chobi Melas.

He authored numerous articles  published in local and international newspapers and magazines like the Daily Ittefaq, New Nation, Panos Publication, Saudi Aramco, News Internationalist Magazine, Street Children of Dhaka, (a book jointly published by European Union and local NGO CSKS), a book on photo feature (published by Mass Media Centre)  and "Chobi: Alor Bhasha" (published jointly by Drik and the University Press Ltd).

TF/NS/LY/ZA

PM condoles Peu’s death





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