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Silver 2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

The Hidden Heroes - The Salt Workers From Gujarat

  • Photographer
    Joachim Bergauer
  • Agency / Studio
    Joachim Bergauer Photography
  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial / Photo Essay

Extreme exploitation and lawlessness characterize the lot of the Indian salt workers. It is a story about the lowest strata of the society in India. The struggle for survival leads them to the salt. There are more than 100 000 Indian salt workers in Gujarat. The Agariya, as the salt workers are called, work under the most extreme conditions to finance their lives with salt, the "white gold". There is no protection. The workers are predominantly "Dalits", Casteless, untouchables and indigenous people. So the lowest layer of the population.

The master-class photographer Joachim Bergauer was born on 12.07.1965 in Schwarzach (Salzburg). The entrance to the advertising industry was the result of the photography in his adolescence. The artist also gained journalistic experience while working at the austrian boulevard during his long lasting function as a press photographer. In the 1990’s, Joachim Bergauer founded his establishment with two assistents. He’s specialised to image-, advertising-, report- and art-photography. Ever since, the salzburg citizen is commonly booked by various advertising agencies and magazines (New York Time