Love Studio is a portrait series about a studio in Jurain, Dhaka. This is a commercial area and it is home to numerous industries. Many who work here strive for a better life but nothing changes in their world, and life continues in the same way. For them, the studio offers a chance to perform any role they want, to escape from reality. The scenic backdrops are versatile: people from all walks of life can become a hero, a king, or act out their dreams and hopes.
Samsul Alam Helal is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his graduation in photography from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Helal wants to tell the stories of people, especially minority groups and the neglected class. Through his photographs, he explores their identity, dreams, and longings to raise our curiosity and questions. He often likes to stage in a studio setup where dramatic moods and vibrant colors are loudly presented. In opposition to mere fiction, Helal’s work represents reality in an alternate space.
His work has been exhibited at Noorderlicht Photofestival 2015 Netherland, Singapore photo festival 2014, Eyes On Bangladesh 2014 New York, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art 2013 Sunderland, Chobi Mela International Photography Festival 2013 Bangladesh, Festival of Promenades Photographiques 2013 France, 8th Angkor Photo Festival 2012 Cambodia, Delhi Photo Festival 2011 India, Longitude Latitude 4 An Art Happening in Old Dhaka 2010 Bangladesh, and Senses Seven at Dhaka Art Centre 2012, Bangladesh. His work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines, such as CNN, 6mois, Depart, Daily Star, Udvikling, and Better Photography.