Unterwegs in den Abwasserkanälen von Ghaziabad
Kanalreinigung ist eine der gefährlichsten Arbeiten in Indien. Bis heute werden die unterirdischen Abwassertunnel nicht von Maschinen sondern von Menschen mit der Hand gesäubert. Traditionell üben die Valmiki, eine Dalit-Gemeinschaft und eine der unteren Kasten Indiens, diese Arbeit aus. Sicherheitsvorkehrungen gibt es keine. Die Arbeiter klettern mit nackter Haut, Haltegurt, Seil und Eimer in die Unterwelt. Der indische Fotograf Raja Gupta kletterte hinterher und begleitete die Arbeiter bei ihrer gefährlichen Arbeit und besuchte sie Zuhause. Die meisten Arbeiter und ihre Familien leben in sehr ärmlichen Verhältnissen. An ihrem Schicksal und Arbeitsbedingungen wird nur wenig Anteil genommen, da die Arbeiten meist vor Sonnenaufgang ausgeführt werden, ohne, dass diese groß bemerkt werden.
Raja Gupta hat unseren Fragebogen beantwortet.
I chose this subject because it was terrible to see the data that so many people are dying cleaning the human waste. Till now authorities haven't been able to find any substitute mechanised way to clean the septic tanks and sewers.We see human waste with disgust but the Sewer workers go inside the sewers and clean it without any safety equipment. The wages are also low and it is sad to see that after their death their mourning families are left in a very poor situation. Sewer workers live in poverty and with low self esteem. Lot of people still are not aware that how these people go inside and clean the sewers because they do the work before sunrise before people are awake.I wanted to raise awareness about them.I hope one day things will change for these workers.
I was born in January 1988 in Delhi, India. I did my schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Masjid Moth, Sadiq Nagar. I did my bachelors in Industrial Relations and Personal Management from Delhi. After my Bachelors I studied photography under one of the Indian photography legends Mr. O.P. Sharma. I had decided to become a photojournalist after studying photography for which I had to learn to use photography as a medium to tell stories. I joined a hindi launguage regional newspaper called 'Nai Duniya' as an intern in 2010. After working there for around two years, I joined one of the oldest Indian English newspaper called 'The Statesman' and worked there from December 2011 to January 2015. Since January 2015, I have been working with European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), documenting the social issues, Daily life and Breaking news with lot of sensitivity towards my subjects from the Capital (New Delhi) and nearby States in India, under the guidance many experienced colleagues in EPA including my reporting boss Mr. Harish Tyagi, who is heading the photo team of EPA Indian sub-continent region. I was one of the Finalists in Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2017 and Finalist in Hamdan International Photography Award 2018.
I use one Canon 5D Mark 3 and one Canon 5d Mark 4 Camera with various lenses according to the necessity like Canon 16-35mm f2.8 lens USM 2, Canon 24-70 mm f2.8 lens USM 2, Canon 70-200 mm f2.8 lens USM 2 and Canon 50 mm f1.4. I usually like shooting with Canon 5D Mark 3 with Canon 24-70 mm f2.8 lens on it.
I use Photoshop for mild cropping and exposure touch up. I don't like doing lot of Photoshop as it decreases the reality of the image.
My idea about photography is that the photographs should make an impact in the society and Photographs would be able to change the wrong doing and injustice in the society. I admire the work of many serious Photojournalists in the world like Paula Bronstein, Lynsey Addario, Robert Capa, Chris Hondros, Eddie Adams, Tyler Hicks,S.Paul and many more because their photographs are making lot of impact in the society. But my role model is James Nachtwey. I love their work because their work has made difference to the society.
The portfolios of Robert Capa on Magnum Photos website and James Nachtwey on his website have really inspired me.