Taslima Akhter | The Life and Struggle of Garment Workers

Country of origin: Bangladesh
Project location: Bangladesh
Program: Photography and Social Justice
Year: 2011

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,000 lives were taken in the Rana Plaza Collapse. While history remembers this tragic event as the deadliest garment factory accident, Taslima reveals a story of dreams crushed by structural murder. Dedicating her career to the lives and struggles of garment workers in Bangladesh, she has continued to foster a community rallying together for safer working conditions.


Taslima is the Chair of Garment Sromik Samhoti (Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity), where she contributed to the creation of Rana Plaza Massacre: An Anthology, a website based on the book 24th April: Outcries of a Thousand Souls. Her on-going work, The Life and Struggle of Garment Workers, led her to be selected for a Magnum Foundation fellowship in 2011, and her image, Final Embrace, from the tragic 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse was recognized by the World Press Photo Contest and named one of the top ten photos of 2013 by TIME Magazine. Taslima has dedicated her career to the lives and struggles of garment workers in Bangladesh, and continues to foster a community rallying together for safer working conditions.