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Child Labor | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Child Labor | Photographer: Steve McCurry | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"For the past three decades as I traveled the world on assignment I
have witnessed children working in fields, factories, ditches, tunnels, mines, and ship-breaking yards. The scope of the problem is vast. Hundreds of millions of children spend their  childhood working and do not have an opportunity to play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment." - Steve McCurry

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COAL MINES | Photographer: Ken Hermann

COAL MINES | Photographer:  Ken Hermann | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Based in Copenhagen, Ken Hermann works for a diverse range of clients amongst those leading brands, agencies and media corporations.
Ken Hermann has a degree in advertising photography and his work has been published by a number of magazines and exhibited around the world. His City Surfer project made him the winner of Hasselblad Masters 2012.
An urge to explore photography has brought Ken around the world, from secluded regions of India and Ethiopia to the big city landscapes of New York where he has worked for renowned photographers like Brigitte Lacombe and Asger Carlsen.
The life in the cities as well as in the more abandon places is a big inspirational source to Ken Hermann and he loves to combine his commercial work with his other true passion- to explore life, people, and cultures.

Ken Hermann works in the fields of portrait, editorial – and commercial photography. In 2012 he became a member of Getty Images and win the Hasselblad Masters 2012.

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Port de Casablanca | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Port de Casablanca | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The daily fishing Casablanca - Thursday, April 25, I completed a mission video report. I had one free day to buy some slippers for my girls. I thought visiting the "Chinatown" where are located the last ten years of Chinese who speaks fluent Moroccan. But one day, it's a little short. I talk to the driver of the Taxi Small red, hoping to get ideas. He then advised me to visit the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche. I'm not excited ...

 

It is from there that we pass the commercial port where boats are moored in huge containers. I ask my taxi stop at the entrance. I am very excited but the customs head blocks my way. I need a permission from the maritime prefecture. A sailor decides to accompany me. The reputation of the Moroccan diligence is not a legend. An official of the prefecture tells me he must ask permission from the CCM Rabat (Moroccan Cinematographic Centre) for any report in the port area governed by customs.

 

Damn it, it would take a week. Disappointed, I was about to leave when I was offered to go to the fishing port to photograph the fishing trawlers. The official deliver me permission to photograph and a badge. 

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The port of Casablanca is considered as Morocco's and as one of the largest artificial ports in the world, although the port of Tangiers-Med to the North of Morocco is a cargo port located about 40 km from Tangiers, and is the largest port on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity and went into service in July 2007. Its initial capacity was 3.5 million shipment containers. It is also the largest port of the Maghreb and North Africa.

 

Casablanca's port treats a traffic of more than 21,3 million tons per annum, that is to say 38% of the national traffic, and carries out a sales turnover of more than 894 Million Moroccan Dirhams. With an extent of 605 hectares and extending to more than 8 kilometers in length. It can accommodate and treat more than 35 ships at the same time.

 

The port is managed by ODEP (Office D'Exploitation des Ports), a publicly owned establishment which has the principal role of ensuring the management of passengers, goods and ships forwarding by the Moroccan ports.

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Jimadores | Photographer: Rene Cervantes

Jimadores | Photographer: Rene Cervantes | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

I went to the agave fields to shoot the jimadores on their schedule and under their terms. Every situation was different but everyone was kind and respectful, though doubtful at times.

 

There was one occasion I ended up meeting some illegitimate jimadores and they took me to an illegal distillery. I spent four days trying to shoot at the distillery (which the person in charge said I could do) but every time we were invited to come, somehow the place was deserted and on lockdown. It was a bit frustrating but it was obvious to us why they wouldn’t want to be photographed. The curious part of it all was that we were never told not to come back.

 

My homebase for the trip was Guadalajara which is only a 45 minute drive from the agave fields. Before going there I had no contacts at all. I speak the language and took a big gamble on doing it this way. I didn’t want to be shown what every tourist is shown. Any time you do something like this it is easy to find local people to help you and make your work easier, but most likely they will point you to what they think you should be looking at (or what every tourist wants to see) and not to what you are searching for.—Rene Cervantes

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Photographer Rene Cervantes explores Mexico’s agave harvesting fields in his recent project, Jimadores. He grew up on the Texas/Mexico border in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and spent his teenage years and early 20’s playing in bands before leaving to California to study photography at the Brooks Institute. He is now based in New York.

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60 millions d’enfants au travail en Inde | photographe reporter : Serge Bouvet

60 millions d’enfants au travail en Inde | photographe reporter : Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
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" La petite fille marchait penchée en avant, la tête baissée, comme une vieille; le poids du bidon tendait et raidissait ses bras maigres; de temps en temps elle était forcée de s’arrêter, et chaque fois qu’elle s’arrêtait elle regardait son bidon comme un prisonnier regarderait son boulet. Cela se passait à Jaipur, en Inde, en mars 2012, loin de tout regard humain compatissant; c’était une enfant de 6 ans.

 

Hélas, l’Inde détient toujours ce triste record du monde : du plus grand nombre d’enfants travailleurs.  Les ONG estiment en effet que l’Inde compte près de 60 millions d’enfants au travail. Ils sont collecteurs de bouteilles, de plastique, chiffonnier dans les bidonvilles,   vendeurs de journaux, ramasseurs de poubelles, cireurs de chaussures,  serveurs dans les dabahs, employés de maison comme cette fille que j’ai photographié avec son bidon d’eau…" - Serge Bouvet

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The life and struggle of Garment workers | Photojournalist: Taslima Akhter

The life and struggle of Garment workers | Photojournalist: Taslima Akhter | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
“I wanted to be an artist by drawing and making handicraft but my dream is now ruined under the niddle of machine, under the rubble and sometimes by fire”- Lija a garment worker With a dream of living a better life million of workers from villages gather in workers barrack in cities. Lija, Modhumala, Shomapti, Masud, Brojesshwar are among them. Among more than 4 million workers 80% are women.  Surrounding the garment industries large workers barracks have grown in Bangladesh.  Workers toil from dawn to dusk for a minimum wage of BDT3000 taka a month (less than 37 $) till 2013.  Government declared a new gross minimum wage BDT 5300 ( near about $66) , which is not sufficient for them to survive. This 4 million workers are not more demanding. They don’t have any dream to have car-house, even any luxury item in life. They want only coarse rice-cloth and a little roof over the head to stay anyway. They want to send their children to school. They don’t want to send their children i
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 Taslima Akhter turned to documentary photography after many years as an activist with workers’ and women's rights organizations with whom she continues to work. She considers her documentary photography as a continuation of her activism. As a photographer, she likes to work on issues relating to gender, the environment and culture, as well as exploring spaces of social discrimination. Taslima's photo "Final Embrace" was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s top 10 photos of 2013.

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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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Lonely planet Kamagasaki | Photographer: Shiho Fukada

Lonely planet Kamagasaki | Photographer: Shiho Fukada | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

“There is no work now. If big companies like Toyota are firing people, why should there be any work here for us? If big banks in the U.S. collapse, why should there be any work here for us? “  says Hiroshi Nakao, 59 year old, former construction day laborer, who currently survives by picking through garbage and selling what he can.  

 

He is one of the hundreds of graying men in Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan. It used to be a thriving day laborer’s town. Today it is home to about 25,000 mainly elderly former day laborers, with an estimated 1,300 who are homeless. It used to be called a “laborers town” but now it’s called a “welfare town” – a dumping ground of old men.

 

Alcoholism, poverty, street death, suicide, TB and most of all loneliness prevail here. They don’t have family ties and live and die alone as social outcasts from the mainstream “salary man” culture."- Shiho Fukada

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Dark Clouds | Photographer: Ian Teh

Dark Clouds | Photographer: Ian Teh | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

A thick layer of grey ash covers the road leading to an industrial site. The air in the city is acrid and dense. Industrial plants and factories loom out of the haze and disappear once more as one travels beyond the city. Further into the mountains there are sounds of explosions as workers use dynamite to extract limestone for the steel plants. In another valley, not too far away, miners go deep into a pit shaft in the early hours of the morning.—Ian Teh

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London-based photographer Ian Teh describes Dark Clouds, his project investigating China’s most industrialized cities, as “an exploration of the darker side of the economy’s bright, shiny facade.” Teh follows Chinese workers in the coal industry, giving us a glimpse into the lives of those that are integral in the development of a nation, but are rarely seen or recognized.

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Child Labor |Photographer in China : Photography : Shiho Fukada

Child Labor |Photographer in China : Photography : Shiho Fukada | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Shiho Fukada is a freelance photographer based in Beijing, China. She is a native of Tokyo, Japan with a degree in English literature, who worked in the fashion and advertising industries in New York before becoming a photojournalist. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Geo, Stern, De Spiegel, Le Monde, Figaro and New York Magazine among others. She has also shot several television commercials, using her still images. Her commercial clients include Microsoft, Nike, Clinique, Johnson & Johnson, CBS News and MSNBC. She was recently awarded a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and in 2009 The New York Times nominated her photographs for a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news.

 

Child Labor

Poverty pushes estimated 6 to 7 million children to work in Bangladesh, comprising one-fifth of the country’s labor force.
There are some 40 industries in Bangladesh using child labor, often under hazardous conditions and with little regard for health and safety.
Most perform their duties for little or no pay without access to education leaving them trapped in low-skilled, low-paying jobs that further binds them in a cycle of poverty.

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