Subject: Alang ship yard
Posted: 22 Jun 2012 8:59 am
I just read your piece on the Alang ship breakers. I'm a commercial photographer in South Africa and every year I try and take off to shoot personal projects. The ship breaking was always something on my list to do after seeing a pic years ago in Nat Geo. After reading up about it now, I realise it's quite a prickly subject. So I figured just waltzing in there and taking shots wasn't going to happen. Do you have any idea who I would try and get permission from? You think it's doable to spend a week or two shooting there?
Thanks for your time.
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Posted: 27 Jun 2012 1:09 pm
That's a tricky one. I just wandered in and took photos, and I was just plain lucky, because the yards were dormant due to the tide being too high. However, I heard plenty of stories about people having their cameras confiscated, so I think it was just pure luck.
I've heard that the people to talk to are the Port Authority, though I have no idea what they are like, or whether they grant permission if asked. They're not exactly keen on cameras, so by contacting them you might get nowhere, but then again, you might get permission. This is India, after all, where the only certainty is uncertainty.
Sorry this is a fairly useless answer, but Alang is a fairly murky place. Good luck!
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