14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Brick factory workers
I visited a brick factory in order to photograph life of a worker. As a documentary photographer I am always interested in peoples life. This was a part of a project where I was photographing migration and its cause and effects. What I found out was that most of these workers were not local. Like many others they came from rural areas looking for a better life. Lot of them are from Sundarban areas, who used to be farmers and their lands were taken by raising water level. Many are from distant villages of Birbhum,Bankura or Purulia or even Bihar or Jharkhand. They work in the factory for about 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. In return they are provided with little shacks by the factory and about 100 dollars a month. Children and woman are also put to work to the best of their ability, as a result those children are deprived of education. I could stay in there for a brief amount of time as the supervisor didn't let me stay any longer.
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