While cutting a steel plate using oxy-acetylene torch in ship breaking yard Saiful Islam (47) lost one of his eyes when a tiny hot metal particle entered his eye. He was not provided with the mandatory protective eye gear used in this kind work. July 2008 Chittagong.
Statement: When I arrived the ship breaking yard, I didn’t understand from where should I start. After two days of taking photographs, I saw everything as usual…hard working labourers, bad living conditions, poor safety measures, unhealthy food etc like any other photo documentary on ship breaking yards done by the photographers. Then, I decided to take only the portraits. In this photo, I found almost everything what I want. The weathered face of the labourer, the untidy background with out-of-focused ship, messy sky…everything matched to what I like to show.
After studying law and practicing it for two years, Adnan quit the profession to pursue photojournalism. He is currently based in Dhaka and is associated with DrikNEWS, an international news photo agency.