Here is a fine example of an occupational portrait: “Bamboo Man“; China/Malaysia? (March 9, 1961). We know the date but are unsure of the exact location. It is the occupational portrait rather than a studio or otherwise sterile portrait that gives meaning to the image. Showing the subject in his/her natural habitat so to speak.
While the world is focused on the plight of Syrian refugees and others from African countries seeking asylum in Europe, the situation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for safety in Malaysia goes relatively unreported. DPI is fortunate to have a photo essay, School of Rohingya in Malaysia, contributed by photojournalist Samsul Said who is based in Kuala Lumpur.
The Rohingya identify themselves as a Muslim ethnic group living in western Myanmar. Buddhists in Myanmar call them Bengalis and demand that the name Rohingya be stricken from public discourse. The Rohingya have been discriminated for some time and as a result have fled, in some cases, to neighboring countries. For the Rohingya this is their personal diaspora.