Dickens and the city

The British Council is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens through Dickens 2012 - a series of global activities including brand new film adaptations, art exhibitions, public readings, immersive theatre, educational events, creative workshops and competitions.

One main “character” distinctly present in all of Dickens’ novels is the city of London itself, with interesting depictions of all aspects of the capital.

Inspired by Dickens’ strong association with London, the British Council Pakistan invited aspiring photographers to capture various cities of Pakistan through photographic imagery, akin to Dickens’ literary descriptions of London under its “Dickens and the City” photography competition.

Out of many wonderful entries received, 15 were short-listed by professional photographer Ayaz Anis. The final winner and two runners up were selected by renowned Pakistani fashion photographer Tapu Javeri and will be announced later today.

And this street holds the secrets of so many tales untold. -Photo by Minahil Aslam, 19, Lahore.
And this street holds the secrets of so many tales untold. -Photo by Minahil Aslam, 19, Lahore.
A child. -Photo by Awais Ali Shaikh, 23, Lahore.
A child. -Photo by Awais Ali Shaikh, 23, Lahore.
Bustle. -Photo by Qurat-ul-Ain, 30, Lahore.
Bustle. -Photo by Qurat-ul-Ain, 30, Lahore.
Baba Island. -Photo by Oosman Sadiq, 26, Karachi.
Baba Island. -Photo by Oosman Sadiq, 26, Karachi.
Clusters to infinities. -Photo by Salman Mahmood, 22, Lahore.
Clusters to infinities. -Photo by Salman Mahmood, 22, Lahore.
The spice seller of Empress Market. -Photo by Farooq Soomro, 31, Karachi.
The spice seller of Empress Market. -Photo by Farooq Soomro, 31, Karachi.
Dark alley. -Photo by Attiya Imdad Mian, 40, Islamabad.
Dark alley. -Photo by Attiya Imdad Mian, 40, Islamabad.
Lahore. -Photo by Iffat Almas, 28, Lahore.
Lahore. -Photo by Iffat Almas, 28, Lahore.
Days gone by. -Photo by Taimur Alam Butt, 30, Lahore.
Days gone by. -Photo by Taimur Alam Butt, 30, Lahore.
The dail. -Photo by Asma Hyder, 38, Islamabad.
The dail. -Photo by Asma Hyder, 38, Islamabad.
Lost in history. -Photo by Danial Shah, 22, Karachi.
Lost in history. -Photo by Danial Shah, 22, Karachi.
Life in a walled city. -Photo by Muti ul Haq, 23, Lahore.
Life in a walled city. -Photo by Muti ul Haq, 23, Lahore.
Moharram. -Photo by Adil Bilal, 26, Peshawar.
Moharram. -Photo by Adil Bilal, 26, Peshawar.
Where is there such another maze of streets, courts, lanes, and alleys. -Photo by Sarosh Anwar, 27, Karachi.
Where is there such another maze of streets, courts, lanes, and alleys. -Photo by Sarosh Anwar, 27, Karachi.
Deep into the city. -Photo by Omar Khalid, 21, Lahore.
Deep into the city. -Photo by Omar Khalid, 21, Lahore.

Comments (2) Closed




Khawar Haider
Feb 10, 2012 04:47pm
It is an excellent idea to take pictures of the inner cities in Pakistan. Dickens' novels have described those parts of inner London which he knew. By taking these pictures we will have a record in photographs in years to come. I wish people would write about these places like Dickens. He uses words but today photography exists and I would to read about these places if some writers were to do the same as Dickens.
M. Saleem Akhtar
Feb 11, 2012 11:32am
Photograph brings us to our past. Dicken had done it very well. Under discussion pic is condensed with memorial info. It shows the simplicity of urban areas. A man in the street enlightens it through his dress and so on. Continued-