Md Shahnewaz Khan’s photo essay “Fallen Stars” which captures the plight of child labor in Bangladesh was published in The Quiet American. In 2015, Shahnewaz won an Alexia Award of Excellence for his project “Fallen Stars.”
“I feel a deep affection for them and they give me inspiration.
The photo essay highlights the raw, often hazardous moments in the lives of the children who earn approximately $3.3 US dollars a week, working in dump yards, brick kilns, garment and aluminum factories and houses.
The lives of these children inspire him as he tries to understand and capture their struggles through his lens. The Alexia Foundation grant allowed continued support to Shahnewaz for his project.