1984, Ahmedabad, India
Plate 20, 18x27
There was no ventilation in this textile dye house. I would not like to see this poor fellow's lungs. There was no fresh air, but there were very strong vapors. I had to go outside to clean the lens before the shot could be taken. What was so strange for me was that while I was on the verge of tears for him, he was quite cheerful and accommodating of me. What mystifies me is that it would cost so little for the factory owner to get air into this area and yet did not. It reminds me of the British East India Company that paid a small percentage less to their workers than the workers needed to live, and over time, the British lost it all. Humans may learn, but they learn slowly, very slowly. The factory functioned according to some current standards, as far as what it turned out in a finished product. Of the greatest importance was the skilled labor, yet this was the one item at total neglect.