Photographer's Note

Rag picker - an unskilled person who picks up rags from trash cans and public dumps as a means of livelihood. In Chennai rag pickers are not only small children who are runaways but several families do the job of rag picking. The difficulties faced by rag pickers in Chennai city are multifold. They choose this profession for their livelihood due to acute poverty or run away from home or no education, or frustration or it is the only self employment etc. Once they are in the profession of rag picking they face still more problems by the police, by the public, by the middle men, by the other rag pickers and so on. Apart from these problems they face acute health hazards, no proper place of sleep, exposure to evils of society (like ganja addiction, alcohol, smoke, sex, etc.), which are forcefully imposed or thrust upon them due to their profession as rag pickers. I have captured this rag picker in the morning hours in Chennai.

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