- Portraits of Unorganised Workers in Karnataka, India. Photos 2014 – 15, Bangalore and Karnataka, India. © Sabina von Kessel
- Inside/Out, Life of Children inside and outside of gated communities in Bangalore. Photos 2010 – 2012, Yelahanka NT, Kenchenahalli, North Bangalore.
© Sabina von Kessel
- Life in Utopia, Summer in Bavaria, Germany. Photos 2013 – 2016, Munich and surroundings. © Sabina von Kessel 2016
- Nicole, Life without Money in Hamburg. © Sabina von Kessel 2018
1. Portraits of Unorganised Workers
The series of portraits of Unorganised Workers were conceptualised to give the campaign a human face and to connect the participants with the brand.
It was a real pleasure to speak with workers and photograph them. When I went with my camera inside a factory, on a construction side, on a market or on a field, they called me to take a photo of them. It was like: Finally, somebody looks at me and recognises me and my work.
Background: Prevailing social security benefits such as health insurance in India are restricted to workers in the formal sector. However, about 93% of the entire workforce accounting for close to 400 Million people works in the informal sector. The overwhelming majority of these unorganised workers do not have access to adequate and reliable social security.
For the photo bank of GIZ and for the brand campaign for Single-Window-Service, Social Security for Unorganised Workers.
Inside/Out, Life of Children inside and outside of gated communities in Bangalore. Photos 2010 – 2012, Yelahanka, Bangalore. Photos © Sabina von Kessel
A photo essay on children inside and outside of gated communities in Bangalore. Children inside gated communities and children “on the other side of the wall” never intermingle with each other. Migrant construction worker and their children live often in front of the gated communities in tin sheet huts, while construction work is still going on. Within the direct neighbourhood children are often only seperated by a wall: on one side they are splashing in pools, on the other side children don’t have access to water and other basic facilities like toilets or bathrooms. Older sisters and brothers watch younger siblings, while both parents are working on the construction site, and have no access to education. The third group of children lives in the peri-urban, a fast changing, hybrid landscape of fragmented urban and rural characteristic.
Exhibited at a conference on urban development in Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Inside/Out: On the other side of the “gated”
Inside/Out: Children in the rural-urban transition zone
3. Life in Utopia, Summer in Bavaria, Germany
Coming from India for a few weeks to spend the summer holidays in Bavaria, Germany, seemed to me like a trip into a strange utopian country. Even in the center of Munich people enjoy hot summer days and dive in the cold river Isar with its cristal clear water. The Bavarian lakes shimmering in surreal colours attract people in thousands.
Photos © Sabina von Kessel, published in Die Zeit
4. Nicole: ‘Homeless, but Nobody notices.’
Nicole led a life without money and was proud doing so. After she had to leave her flat, she decided to sleep in a trailer parked in a bourgeois quarter by the Alster, the lake in the center of Hamburg. She knew where to find everything she needed for her life and moved along fixed ‘appointments’ spending the morning in a shelter for homeless women, where she could not only take a shower, but also find good food, clothes and a place to just spend time, later eating lunch in the church, followed by spending the afternoon in another organisation, where she would meet friends and use the sewing machine. I photographed and accompanied Nicole for a couple of months and admired her discipline. The article was published with the text she had written herself. After the publication, she suddenly became ‘famous’ and was not only ‘discovered’ by the media, but also by the police. In the end she had to leave and take her trailer away.