Jason Larkin September 10, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Egypt.
Child Labor, Egypt, 2008
Jason Larkin (b. 1979, London, England) moved from filming documentaries to documentary photography three years ago after completing his MA in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster. Soon after this he moved to Cairo to work on large documentary projects in Egypt as well as editorial commissions, which include the Guardian Weekend Magazine, Monocle, Financial Times Magazine, National Saturday Review, Stern, and the New York Times. He’s recently been selected for the Magenta Flash Forward, and his ‘Past Perfect’ series was exhibited at the Brighton Photo Festival. He is now based in Johannesburg and a photographer with Panos Pictures in London.
About the Photograph:
“This is an image I took during one of the first features I produced after arriving in Cairo two years ago. I’d just finished my MA in photojournalism and had started to do some stringing for the Associated Press when I proposed a story on child labor in the Helwan brick kilns, south of Cairo. Amazingly, getting access wasn’t too hard as the rich owners seemed keen to show off their booming businesses, but the managers in charge of the illegal child workers, some as young as 10 years old, made life hard. This is a view from the top of one of the kilns and it instantly reminded me of L. S. Lowry’s paintings of the industrial districts of Northern England from the 1920’s. There are over 200 kilns in this area and nearly all of them illegally employee children to carry bricks in and out of the kilns for about eight hours a day.“