Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, there are many countries which produce tea, among them Bangladesh ranked 10th. However, it’s here where human rights see no light, workers are treated like medieval serfs. When they came here in 1954, they got into four-year contracts with the companies. That was the beginning of their servitude. More than a century and a half or four generations have passed since the tea plantation workers settled in the labour lines. Tea workers spend most of their time under the scorching sun or getting soaked in the rain. A woman tealeaf picker spends almost all her working hours standing for 30 to 35 years before she retires. In this photograph, “Life in the Green”, I photographed a woman returning after picking up the tealeaf in Srimongol tea garden, Moulvibazar, on September 30, 2010.
Photographer: Saniar Rahman Rahul (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Registered
Saniar Rahman Rahul was the first winner for ‘Photo of the Month Award’ in June 2010. He was fascinated by seeing his father taking pictures with a camera while his family was in Iraq during his childhood. Later in life, in 1997, while he became very much attached with his profession of ‘graphic design’, Rahul rediscovered the creative side of photography. He started his career as a professional graphic designer in October of 1995, in a pre-press house called Color Scan, which is one of the pioneers in the pre-process printing media in Bangladesh. Afterwards, he moved to Power Point, another pre-press house. Before he finally settled into advertising, he also worked in an IT company called Abtab IT. Moving to advertising from printing media was a big step for him. In 2005, he joined G3, a special wing of Gray Worldwide. Two years later, he moved to Paper Rhyme. Now he is working as the Art Director of Grey World Wide, one of the ten largest advertising agencies in the world.