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Survivors is a multimedia production by Copenhagen-based photographer Ken Hermann and video journalist Tai Klan combining a series of portraits and a documentary about people in Bangladesh who have been disfigured by acid attacks. While on assignment last year for Save The Children, Hermann got in contact with the NGO Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) based in Dhaka, the capital city. After a year of Hermann expressing interest, ASF finally allowed him access to begin the project, and have since helped him locate subjects along the way. Hermann notes this is a story about people, not victims—he says, “We wanted to create a visual universe with emphasis on the beauty of each face. Portraits of acid victims often create a strong reaction from audiences. In contrast we aspired to reveal the person behind the scars by focusing on the fragility and gracefulness of the people in front us.” First photo - Name: Umma Age: 22 Occupation: Student Attack date: 19/02/2008 Reason: Marital dispute Relation with the perpetrator: Husband Legal condition of the case: Case is in High Court for appeal but pending due to financial and bureaucratic problems. Second photo - Name: Jahanara Age: 27 Occupation: Employee of ASF Attack date: 10/03/2001 Reason: Family related dispute Relation with the perpetrator: Cousin Legal condition of the case: Mutually resolved Third photo - Name: Shamim Age: 45 Occupation: Employee of ASF Attack Date: 01/08/1984 Reason: Revenge for engaging in extra marital affair Relation with the perpetrator: Husband of the woman who had extra marital affair with victim What is the legal condition of the case: Mutually resolved. Fourth photo - Name: Anita Age: 30 Occupation: Farmer Attack date: 18/02/2002 Reason: Refusal of marriage proposal Relation with the perpetrator : Neighbor What is the legal condition of the case: Running. Fifth photo- Name: Shamol Age: 14 Occupation: Student Attack date: 18/02/2002 Reason: Mother’s refusal of marriage proposal from perpetrator (i.e. was not main target) Relation with the perpetrator : Neighbor What is the legal condition of the case: Running.
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