Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines funded by World Press Photo. Probal also holds an MBA. His works have been published in many prominent national and international newspapers and magazines such as, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Forbes, GEO, Days Japan, Paris Match, Stern. www.probalrashid.com
Entry description: The manufacture of black iron oxide is one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh. Factory labourers work in extreme conditions with no safety standards. Men work without gloves, safety goggles, proper clothing or shoes. They are not even provided with face masks. Almost all of the workers in this factory are aged between 15 and 18 and come from the impoverished villages in the northern part of the country. Working 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week they earn only Tk.500 to Tk.2000 (about 7 to 28 USD) a monthIn Bangladesh there are hundreds of informal factories and workshops like this.