The Brick Makers of Andhra Pradesh



Image: Venkat Prakash

A brick maker in Medak, in Andhra Pradesh

It’s hot, smoky, dirty work, and it’s backbreaking to boot. The families who slog away here at this brick kiln spend their days with their hands steeped in clay or lugging heavy loads of bricks, surrounded on all sides by the stacked product of their labor.


Image: Venkat Prakash

A child sets the bricks out to dry.

The hot and grimy brick factory environment is a far cry from the green fields and rural surroundings from which many of the workers originate, in the state of Orissa, on India’s eastern coast.

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