The Craftsman of Jute, by Shahnaz Parvin

In the district of Manikganj, during the rainy season I took this photograph. It was my first time watching any jute farmer processing jute like this. The golden days of jute in Bangladesh might just be the history but yet still some keep cultivating it. From the morning till evening I saw this farmer working continuously, standing in the middle of the water, processing the jute plants for fiber, and then when it’s done he was putting it on the pole. Usually the jute grows up from 8 to 14 feet tall and it takes two to three weeks to manually process it. Typically they cut the jute plants by plunging into the water, which is a very hard work, especially in rainy season, when it’s raining heavily, but for the craftsman of jute every stage of it is deeply bonded with their life, it’s what they do for living.

The Craftsman of Jute, by Shahnaz Parvin

CANON EOS Kiss X4 with 85mm | Exposure 1/400sec @ f/1.8 | ISO 200 | Focal Length 85mm
The Craftsman of Jute, by Shahnaz Parvin

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | June 09
Award Score: 70 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Manikganj | Bangladesh

Photographer: Shahnaz Parvin (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Registered
Shahnaz Parvin was an Award-Winning Photo Journalist. She was a passionate Bangalee, and used to reside in Bangladesh, until she passed away at the age of 32 on August 14, 2016. She was one of the best photographers of her time, who has been within top 10 of world’s top 100 photographers for last few years. Her real passion was in photography and learning it. Shahnaz mostly loved documentary photography, and loved to represent her country Bangladesh through her lens. With the highest number of Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day Awards, Shahnaz joined Light and Composition as Contributing Photographer from March 2013. Covering upheaval, conflict, places, people, and culture, she was one of the top most contributors from South Asia until 2015.


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Tere Troya
Tere Troya
8 years ago

A wonderful photo!