The Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed on April 24th, 2013, killing 1,132 people and injuring approximately 2,500. Bangladeshi photographer Ismail Ferdous took photos of the collapse and its consequences. His work is unique, in that he followed the lives of the victims and their families in the aftermath of the tragedy, campaigning for their rights. He organized sit-ins during the New York fashion week to protest the exploitative nature of the garment industry. He filmed interviews with and took portraits of dozens of people. “We always say that documentary photography gives a voice to people who don’t have it, and I wanted to make this intention quite literal”. His images, exhibited in Arles at the Manuel Ortiz Rivera Foundation, force the viewer to break all emotional barriers. They hope to pay homage to the victims, respectfully highlighting their suffering.
Images from “After Rana Plaza” © Ismail Ferdous