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.
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