Anwar Hossain

Bangladeshi photographer and cinematographer.

Anwar Hossain (1948 - 2018) was a Bangladeshi photographer and cinematographer. He won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Cinematography a record five times for the films Sundori (1979), Emiler Goenda Bahini (1980), Puraskar (1983), Anya Jibon (1995), and Lalsalu (2003).

Hossain was born in Old Dhaka in 1948. He completed his SSC from Armanitola Government High School and HSC from Notre Dame College, Dhaka in 1965 and 1967 respectively. He graduated in architecture from BUET and a diploma in cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of Pune, India.


Hossain started his photography career in 1967. His photography captured the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

Hossain worked as a cinematographer of a total of 15 fiction and 30 documentary films.

Personal life and death

Hossain migrated to France after the death of his first wife in 1991. In 1993, he married a French woman and had two sons together.

Hossain was found dead in the Olio Dream Haven hotel in the Panthapath area in Dhaka on 1 December 2018. He had been staying at this hotel as he was serving as a judge for a local photography competition.

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