Documentary Photography about Modern Human Slavery That can Tear You Up

I found out about Lisa Kristine’s stunning photography when I watched and listened to her TED Talk.

She talked about modern human slavery while showing her marvellous collection of photos from Nepal, India, and Ghana.

Her revelations (and visual narratives through documentary photos) made me cry.

I felt so bad for those brothers and sisters of ours who have to suffer that much, who are struggling too much on a daily basis.

Her photographic chronicles have revealed to me the many untold stories of suffering. 

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Inferno, Nepal

Temperatures in the brickyards range from 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Nepal to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in India. Each brick weighs around 4 pounds.                                                                                                            

With the dramatic impact of each photo, I am taken to that very moment of hard work and misery.

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Orange, India

Sometimes, I look back to those old days when I had to work hard in an office. But those days were nothing in compare to these laborious everyday for many of men, women, and kids who are born with debts to be paid for in the next 10 years or more of their lives.

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Powder, Ghana

After the gold-bearing rocks are brought to the surface, they are taken to be pounded and washed. Dust fills the air, and the lungs of the workers.

These powerful images are also letters in mid-air, telling us what is continuously happening beyond our busy lives somewhere in the world. This boy’s eyes say it all.

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Silk dyers, India

Each family member involved in silk-making

A candle for hope. The photographer asked the silk dryers to hold a candle to symbolize the light amidst their dark days. Lisa Kristine has been travelling the world to use photography as a tool for something more humane than creative.

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Stacking, Nepal

Four pounds of brick, dusts into the lungs all day.

One of the major challenges she faced while shooting is not to get too emotional. In documentary photography, you let yourself go out there. And sometimes, you can’t help more than capturing the most disarming situations and let the world know about them.

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Stone Carrier, Nepal

Children work like adults. They pause at some point to catch breath. When they rest and laugh… they are children again.

Photography is one of the greatest tools to educate people. I’ve seen documentaries and videos of photographers who have made a difference through their photos. This photo series is another proof.

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Threads, India

12 years ago, he loaned money. Until now, he’s working to pay for it. He’s more than 50 years old by now.

The photographer captures not only collective narratives of slavery but individual stories that can touch the heart…that can challenge the spirit to help, to take part.

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Cave mine, Ghana

For her to tell us all these, she has to be there in every challenging moment, in every dark place that hides the plight of the modern day slaves.

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Fishing boats, Ghana

4,000 children are enslaved at Lake Volta. The nets weigh 1000 pounds when full. Kids tell stories of other kids who died in the nets.


About Kristine Buenavista

Tin oftentimes takes her folding bike and old camera along country roads. Sometimes, she forgets to take pictures (though she never forgets when she finds great photos elsewhere). She narrates through words and images here. Travel, creativity, laughter, cerveza negra, scavenge hunt for beauty, starry-windy nights are among the things that make her feel weightless.

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