Child Labour by GMB AKASH

Jainal works in silver cooking pot factory. He is 11 years old. He has been working in this factory for three years. His work starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. For his work he gets 700 taka (10 USD) for a month. His parents are so poor that they can not afford to send him to school. According to the factory owner, the parents do not care for their children; they send their kids to work for money and allegedly don’t feel sorry for these small kids. It is not a new issue in Bangladesh as children are one of the most vulnerable groups” in the country. Feb 2008 Dhaka Bangladesh.

Statement: This image is from my photo essay on child labour in Bangladesh. It is not a new issue in Bangladesh as children are one of the most vulnerable groups” in the country.This image is a colour photograph dominated by very dark tones. These dark tones communicate the pain and the loss of innocence. The child in the photograph is covered almost entirely in dirt and soot and one can imagine his difficult working conditions. Pieces of metal surround the boy in the background. They indicate the type of work he might do; and, poignantly, they are cleaner than he is. This lack of hope is shown in his facial expression. He shows no emotion apart from isolation and loss.

BIO G.M.B.Akash born in 1977.Currently working in the Panos Picture Agency as Bangladesh correspondent. Akash’s passion for photography began in 1996. He attended the World Press Photo seminar in Dhaka for 3 years and graduated with a BA in Photojournalism from Pathshala, Dhaka. His work has been featured in over 45 major international publications including: Time, Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan,and Sunday Telegraph of London.

In 2002 he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Young Reporters Award from the Scope Photo Festival in Paris, again being the first Bangladeshi to receive the honour. In 2005 he was awarded Best of Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography’s international competition in Colorado, USA. In 2006 he was awarded World Press Photo award and released his first book “First Light”. In 2007 again he became the first Bangladeshi to be selected for the 30 Emerging Photographers (PDN 30) by Photo District News Magazine, USA.


Child Labour by G.M.B.Akash


8 thoughts on “Child Labour by GMB AKASH

  1. blade . . . says:

    My dear friend I know you have a brilliant eye which already you proved it. I see your picture its a good moment you took not just like a picture its a cool and silent moment you took color picture BUT 100% less color i think its a color of pain that is my personal realization . . .
    its a good. Do you remember a few years ago i conduct your interview and you said. . . When I sleep I see a photography … when I walk I see a photography . . .
    photography is my dream, passion every thing and three years World Press Photo project ( Pathshala) learned more about photography . . . photojournalism . .. … go ahead my friend………………………………..monirul alam

  2. Tareq says:

    this is bangladesh !

  3. jashim salam says:

    wow…simply outstanding !!!
    the framing,lighting and the story is just mind blowing.
    the working condition is very dangerous and hazardous for their health.
    Mr.Akash conveyed a story that we oblivious in front of us everyday.
    those child missing the opportunity of their basic rights and constantly
    working hard without proper recognization.
    we proud to have a photographer like GMB AKASH in Bangladesh.

  4. adnan says:

    at first, i want say what i feel seeing the photo. this photo is not a ‘wow’ shot! its an ‘ohh’ photo. secondly, its not a ‘mind blowing’ photo….it is a heart breaking photo. Mr. Akash has his brand in this photo…like any other photos taken by him…..cold and bold. let’s hope this photo will change the life of many child labourers not only in bangladesh but also in another parts of the world.

  5. Ashish says:

    @ Mr Adnan i didn’t understand the difference between WOW and OHH, Mind blowing and herat breaking. Can u explain for me?

    @ Mr GMB Akash can u write any clarification about this image?

  6. jashim salam says:

    @ Adnan here is WOW mean not what you think…not beautiful or eye catching..
    here is wow mean it’s simple and captivating..mind blowing means not’s touchy.. I’ve commented not from a general viewers but from a photographers point of view..and of course certain people has certain point of view..and i know what the child is doing here….
    it’s still wow because Mr.GMB Akash bring this image with mind blowing is trademark Akash image..not always cold and bold..but warm and passionate too…

  7. Its very good. I am a photographer. I was photojournalist long time. I want to join with you. How?

  8. M and M says:

    Just read this in my Fader mag. It’s haunting. Thanks for this.


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