Bronze 2022 / People / Portrait (Non-Pro)

Haunting Portraits

  • Photographer
    Joe Buergi
  • Prizes
    Bronze in People/Portrait

This series is called “Haunting Portraits” from various portraits of a journey to Bangladesh in 2020. The people are laborers who work either at the port carrying coal or in the shipyards of Dhaka. The Port of Dhaka is a major river port on the Buriganga River in Dhaka, the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. The work is hard and demanding. The conditions are hot and often dangerous. So are the faces of the people; all tell a different story. All ages work together. Nevertheless, the people were friendly and willing to be photographed.

Born in 1965 in Stans, Switzerland, Josef Buergi started around 2000 with photography. He studied engineering at the Bale Institute of Technology and works now full-time as a project and team leader for the local government. As a pure autodidact, he developed the knowledge by himself but also by studying the masters. His music photography, together with travel, have become two of his life’s passions. His photography focuses on music, culture, landscapes, and wildlife; images that reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life.