In Bangladesh rickshaws are mobile pieces of art that brighten up the congested city streets in a swirl of colours and stories. Today this uniquely Bangladeshi art form, and the lives of its artists, is in the midst of a dramatic transformation.
The Rickshaw Artists’ Tale
Bonjo’s small workspace is a mish-mash of rickshaw parts, paint pots and brushes and a sewing machine. The walls are daubed with streaks of different coloured paints, a testing board before he paints onto the metal plates . He trained as an artist in 1969, just before Bangladesh’s Independence and has had his own shop for 35 years.