Md Shahnewaz’s ‘Fallen Stars’ featured in The Quiet American

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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.

Poli (6) does job at residential house in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Suddenly she hears loudly a famous Bengali movies song. Which sound is come from the outside and then she can’t control herself to do enjoy. Without fear her master, a childhood mind plunge in dancing. Photo by Md Shahnewaz Khan.

Poli (6) works  at a residential house in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She hears a famous Bengali movie song from outside the window and can’t control herself. Without fear of  her master, she dances with joy. Photo by Md Shahnewaz Khan.

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