Another installment in New Internationalist via Shahidul Alam:
Iqbal Hossain had taken this picture in Dhaka Zoo in 2000. His statement related to the child in the photograph, a child he could relate to. “Often people cover their faces to protect themselves from the dust. But what mask will protect the sweepers?” Dadon, another member of their group “Out of Focus” felt a more personal statement should accompany the image.
Something he’d been told:[While I was taking pictures a man remarked: “Look at the airs the shutkiwalla’s [dry-fish seller’s] son puts on.” That’s how my dad earned his living then. “A fish seller’s son, taking pictures, huh?”]
‘I remember clearly, when I’d be going out to take photographs, Dad would be in the streets, selling fish.’
More work by this fascinating group of children can be seen at ZoneZero and Drik.
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