‘Slavery, in different forms, in different places, in different times links these photographs. In 1997, when I took the photograph of the garbage-collecting children in Karachi, I was not thinking of them as slaves, I was thinking of them as part of a process where waste is re-cycled, plastics, metals collected, sorted, melted down, transformed, re-used. A good thing.
Only later did I start to think about whether they had any choice in the matter, if they had other realistic options in order to survive, whether they were physically intimidated into doing what they do. I don’t really know the answer, but why would anyone spend all day up to their necks in toxic filth if they did have a choice?’ Chris Steele-Perkins
Children Scavenging in Karachi is also included in the de luxe artist’s book I Have Found a Song