Covered in Powder - Balloon Factory by Larry Louie
© 2011 Larry Louie
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      Juror's Comment

      From Deanne Fitzmaurice:
      "Nicely shot portrait of a child working in a balloon factory in Bangladesh sheds light on the issue of child labor in undeveloped countries. The quality of the photograph is strong and it is shot with compassion."


    • Title: Covered in Powder - Balloon Factory
    • Artist: Larry Louie
    • From: Edmonton, AB Canada

    • e-mail: larryylouie@shaw.ca
    • Phone: + 1 (780) 4881999
    • Website: www.larrylouie.com
    • Address: 10634-124 Street
      Edmonton, AB T5N1S3, Canada

    Artist Statement

    "It is estimated that there are 4.9 million working children between the ages of 5-15 in Bangladesh. That is 13.4% of the total work force in the country. Most of these children have no other options. Some are orphans growing up on the streets while others are forced to work due the economic hardships of their family. There is little future for these children living in poverty. Few will ever have the opportunity to an education or to learn skills to ensure a better life for them in the future. But just banning the use of child laborer in industries is not a permanent solution to this problem. This step is useless if the government and NGO’s do not ensure the security of these minors. 40% of the 166 million people in Bangladesh make less than $1 a day and spend 80% of that income on food. With the rising cost of fuel and food prices, more children will be forced to work to help support their family and put food on the table.

    "A 7-year-old boy works in a balloon factory making 50¢ a day. The factory provides no protective clothing or masks for the children they hire and no one, no government or NGO has come forward to preserve the rights of these children. Many of these children are engaged in the worst form of child labor such as forced or bonded labor where they work for room and board only. "