Dubai's Real Heroes
I was fortunate to live in Dubai from 2012 to 2015. This was an extraordinary opportunity to study and teach photography. During these 3 years, I had time to discover Dubai and met dozens of low-paid migrant workers, most from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who came to Dubai to support their families. This series of 10 photos is a tribute to the courage of these anonymous workers.
1 - From my soul to your soul
Migrant construction workers lined up to board a bus which will take them back to their labour camp for the night.
2 - Express recycling
In Dubai Marina, a migrant worker gathers cardboard for recycling.
3 - The juice seller
A man selling fresh juice is staring at me through the window of his shop.
4 - The barber shop
A young man is sleeping at the entrance to a barber shop for migrant workers.
5 - The master of cooling
In the old part of Dubai, a man lets himself be photographed in front of his air conditioner repair shop.
6 - Tea time in Karama
Carpet sellers enjoying some tea in front of their shop.
7 - Proudness
The posture and the eyes of this worker leave no doubt about his pride.
8 - The local tailor
Crouching in front of his shop, a man is waiting for customers. This posture is frequent among Asian migrant workers.
9 - Smile of the day
A young man gives me the gift of a broad smile at the end of his working day. Most of the workers I met were warm with me and eager to be photographed. A worker even ran after me to be photographed.
10 - Whose reality is this?
Working to build an inaccessible world.