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De l'or dans les égouts | Photographes: Bruno Valentin & Julien Pannetier (ZEPPELIN)

De l'or dans les égouts |  Photographes: Bruno Valentin & Julien Pannetier (ZEPPELIN) | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Les égouts ne sont pas réputés pour leur convivialité, mais en Asie du Sud, leur contenu est une invitation aux plus dégourdis. Personne ne prête attention à cette poignée d'hommes crottés de la tête aux pieds, mais c'est pourtant de l'or qu'ils cherchent. De la poussière d'or que des joailliers trop pressés évacuent avec leurs eaux usées. Pas de quoi ameuter les foules, mais suffisamment pour faire vivre quelques familles bengalies. Tous les matins, ils profitent que les rues soient désertes pour faire vomir les canalisations. Ils écument méticuleusement les boues avant d'en extraire l'or à l'abri des regards indiscrets. 


Dhaka s'est endormie, ventre à l'air. La grande malade de l'Asie du Sud a péniblement trouvé le sommeil. Tous ses enfants l'ont rejoint, mais cette nuit, il fait si chaud que les sans abris sont encore les mieux lotis. Recroquevillés sous les jupons de la ville-mère, ils profitent des deux heures d'accalmie qui précèdent l'appel à la prière pour s'enfoncer dans un coin de trottoir moelleux. Dhaka transpire et pour cette nuit sans électricité, mieux vaut être dehors sous la caresse d'une brise moite que dans une chambre aveugle sous un ventilateur inanimé. " - ©ZEPPELIN


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Nothing To Hold On To | Photographer : G.M.B. Akash

Nothing To Hold On To | Photographer : G.M.B. Akash | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Nearly three thousand kilometers of railroad tracks crisscross the delta lowlands of Bangladesh, connecting the capital, Dhaka, with Chittagong to the southeast and Calcutta to the southwest.  The system was built largely by the British and began operations in 1862, more than a hundred years before Bangladesh became an independent nation. Bangladeshi rolling stock now carries more than forty million passengers a year in three ticketed classes: air-conditioned, first, and second—and then there are the passengers who can’t pay. These riders, many of them daily commuters going to and from work, cling to handles, crouch in doorways, perch on the couplings between cars, and climb onto the roof. 

 

I live in Dhaka and began riding the rails with my camera in 2006. I wanted to draw attention to the danger the stowaways expose themselves to; gruesome accidents are routine for free riders. There is nothing to hold on to and it is very difficult to keep your footing. On a recent ride, I spoke to Majed Miya, a carpenter who has traveled on the roof for two decades. Miya said he enjoys riding on the roof: “no one really disturbs me there, except the fear of death.”

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Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel

Staged reality : Photographer: Sebastian Keitel | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

For this series, Staged Reality, Keitel staged and photographed interiors of slum huts in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, where about 4 million people live in 5,000 informal settlements. The growing number of slums in developing countries is a global problem, the precise location therefore not so important. This work is rather an example for the living conditions of over one billion people worldwide. In addition, the photographs tell of man’s striving to create his home as comfortable as possible, even under such extreme conditions.

 

Sebastian Keitel is a recent graduate of University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Art and Design Bielefeld, Germany. He lives in Cologne, Germany and works everywhere.

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