Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

Silver Hands

  • Photographer
    Valerie Leonard
  • Agency / Studio
    Valerie Leonard Photography
  • Photo Date
    December 2017

There are many aluminum factories in Bangladesh where different types of pots and pans are made from recycled and melted aluminum. From aluminium smelting to lamination and then anodization where sulfiric acid is handled, the work is dangerous and toxic. Such an industry creates a huge source of employment. Most of the workers are children under the age of 15 and without any education they are likely to work all their lives in aluminum industry.

Valerie Leonard is a documentary photographer concerned with human and environmental issues. She travels the world following her theme of "Works of Hercules" in which she shows the dignity of men and women living and working in difficult conditions. Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion she intends to change our view of a forgotten humanity and provoke a questioning in our privileged societies about our real needs as well as our commitment and our role in a world in perpetual development to the detriment of men and their lands.