April 25, 2013. Two victims amid the rubble of a garment factory building collapse in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Taslima Akhter writes for LightBox about the photograph:
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
Taslima Akhter born in Dhaka in 1974. Now she is a third year student of photo journalism in Pathshala (South Asian Institute of photography). She completed her masters and M. Phil from the department of Public Administration in University of Dhaka. She was involved in student politics during her student life. She was the president of Bangladesh Student Federation at that time. At present, she is involved with worker’s and women’s organization as an activist. She thinks that photography is also a part of her political work. This year, she was selected for the Magnum Foundation scholarship on photography from South Asian region and win third prize for documentary photography from The Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Her work on The Life and struggle of garment workers is going to exhibit in Angkor photo festival in Cambodia this year. Her interest of area is documentary photography. She likes to work on gender-environmental-cultural issues and the spaces of social discrimination.
More Photos of Taslima AKhter :
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@ Bijon Sarker/ From BPS catalog
One day i was walking on the road with my friend Rasel. We were going to collect my print from Konica Lab. Suddenly Rasel stopped and start talking with an old guy coming from the opposite side of the road. He was wearing a white half sleeve shirt with black pant .I was standing beside him.He was takling very slowly. I was feeling little bit bored cause I was on a hurry . I was praying when this two slow talker will finish their discussion. At last It ended. And the old guy went away. i got angry with Rasel. Rasel said… Do u know who is this guy ? . I said , dont care . Then again Rasel asked, so i said ok… tell me… Who is this Guy ?
Rasel: U really dont know who was he?
Rasel: Very sad. his name Is BIJON SARKER.
Me :Bijon SArker! This guy???
Me: Oh I am Sorry
This is my First AND Last meet with The Great Photographer Bijon Da. That day i had a chance to talk with him. But i missed it…
Bijon Sarker died today.
After eight months i met with this sweet/beautiful couple again.we sat togather, had a little chit chat;we decided to photograph one day when we will have enough time in our hand:
and when i photographed them i realize how beautiful life is!
(Management of StoryTellers Artists & Photographers is now online)
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1988.
In 2012 Rasel gratuated in photography at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy. Having a special interest in social issues, Rasel produced several photo stories including Waiting for Own Land (the Tibetan refugees in Nepal), Desperate Urbanization (the dying river in Dhaka),Before the End (tales of a dead city) and Railway Longings (a journey to the roots).
He received prestigious Ian Parry Scholarship in 2011 for Desperate Urbanization and was also nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass in 2011 and 2012, and for the Prix Pictet Award in 2012. In 2010, he was enlisted as a finalist in prestigious Magnum Expression Photography Award. His work has been published in several national and international books and newspapers including Under the Banyan Treesand The Sunday Time Magazine, Courrier International, 6Mois, Business Times, The Daily Star, The Independent, The Sun and others. Rasel also exhibited in Dhaka Art Summit 2012, Photo Phnom Penh 2011 in Cambodia, Getty Image Gallery 2011, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Netherlands and Dubai 2011, and Longitude Latitude in Old Dhaka 2011.
He attended several international workshops of reputable lecturers including Philip Blenkinsop, Stanley Greene, Robert Pledge, David Burnett, Jorge Villacorta Chávez, Raghu Rai, Antoine D’Agata, Sohrab Hura, Shahidul Alam, Abir Abdullah and Munem Wasif.
© Photo by Tushikur Rahman
Photo: Arfun Ahmed
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