Austrian director Michael Glawogger (pictured), the documentarian behind the work trilogy of Megacities, Workingman’s Death and Whores’ Glory, has died at 54 while shooting in Africa.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director died in Liberia after contracting malaria.
Glawogger was known for documenting under-privileged and disenfranchised factions of society, most notably in his “world of work” trilogy, which included 1998 documentary Megacities, on the lives of working poor in Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City; 2005′s Workingman’s Death, about the extreme measures taken by desperate workers in countries such as Ukraine, Pakistan and Nigeria; and 2011′s Whores’ Glory, on sex workers in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.
Glawogger’s narrative features included the Golden Berlin Bear-nominated Slumming (2006) and Kill Daddy Good Night (2009), among others.
The director’s last project was an episode on the National Library of Russia for 3D docuseries Cathedrals of Culture, an examination of iconic European buildings from directors including Wim Wenders, Karim Ainouz, James Marsh and Michael Madsen.
At the time of his death, Glawogger is believed to have been researching and gathering footage for a new project.