Archive: January 2017 - Roderick Polak Photography

Up close and personal for Mondiaal FNV

The last months we had the opportunity to visit places you normally won’t visit on the average around-the-world-trip. For Mondiaal FNV – the international branch of the Dutch Labour Union – we visited places in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, where people are striving for better work conditions. We saw some horrible situations: like the extremely hard and unhealthy work in the stone quarries in India, or the terrible conditions of the workers in the textile industry or at the landfills in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sometimes we were shocked by the unfairness in the world. But overall we were surprised and amazed by the immense power and resilience of the people working there: to unite and fight for their own rights, to get an identity and to make the best of life!

It was great to make portraits of the people that are making a difference there. The portraits and interviews show the amazing story behind the numbers and the great work that is been done to change their lives for the best.