I wrote to this young man about how he touched me with his work. He is great when it comes to photos, but medicine was his profession. His name is Adnan, he is from Chittagong, and is only 23 years old. He says that his favorite subjects are human - He beleive there’s nothing more interesting than capturing human emotions / expressions / stories. I agreed.
He was also so kind to answer my mail.

Streets of Chittagong

Ata Adnan on Flickr.


Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard | Via

Near the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, lies one of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world. It stretches for 18 km along the coast on the Bay of Bengal where more than 200,000 Bangladeshis break down up to 100 ships a year. Working under hazardous conditions, workers rip apart ships with their bare hands and a blowtorch to assist, dissecting the ship bolt by bolt, rivet by rivet. Every piece of metal worth salvaging is carried on to waiting trucks in the shoreline to be carried away to furnaces where it will be melted down and fashioned into steel rods. The steel accounts for half of all the steel in Bangladesh.

SoP | Scale of Work


Tea history in Bangladesh

Tea was introduced into Bangladesh through British settlement. The tea gardens were first established in Chittagong and later in Sylhet, where the hilly landscape was perfect for cultivation. After liberation, locals took initiative in tea export. During this time, Bangladeshi tea exports were in great global demand. A clever initiative by India bought these exports at high prices which they sold at cheap globally to establish product. After this, India lowered the price at which they were willing to import Bangladeshi tea. Limited acknowledgement of Bangladesh as a tea exporter has seen a drop in demand for Bangladeshi exports, which in 2002 were the 9th largest tea exporters, to now presenting minimal competition on the global market.

Photo of the Day: Dancing Shadow

Six-year-old Poli works in a residential house in Chittagong. When she hears a famous song from the movies playing outside, she cannot contain her joy and begins to dance.

Photo by Md Shahnewaz Khan (Chittagong, Bangladesh); Chittagong, Bangladesh


Chittagong Ship-Breaking Yards - Bhatiari, Bangladesh

Supertankers and giant cargo ships are the backbone of our global consumer society. Hundreds of meters long, ferrying millions of tons of goods across the globe, the sheer size of these immense vessels is awe inspiring. Construction of one such behemoth is a fascinating feat of engineering. However, the destruction and final resting place of these steel giants is even more intriguing.

Even when such a ship is not seaworthy anymore, and repairs are not economically viable, the raw material it is constructed from has some value. Nowadays ship-breaking yards tend to be located in third world countries, places far out of sight of the consumers whose supermarkets they helped supply, and where labor is cheap and environmental protection laws are lax.

There ships are chipped down bit by bit, usually by hand, and stripped of every last bit of value. Fauzdarhat, 20 kilometers northwest of Chittagong in Bangladesh, is where many of the world’s ships go to die.

Visit the Chittagong Ship-breaking Yards on Atlas Obscura…