In South America, the mining communities working in the age-old production of gold are going it alone in the name of their own development and are bolstering the boom in fair trade jewelry.
Illustrations extraites du premier chapitre du webdocumentaire A LIFE LIKE MINE
Photographies : Guillaume COLLANGES Textes : Sébastien DAYCARD HEID
At the heart of a valley surrounded by mountains similar to the afghan ones, Cuatro Horas is a kind of lost arch, after four hours walking from Chaparra. In this mining community where 2500 souls are living, gold is a relief for those who try to escape their condition.
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His face blackened by coal, Jack Saunders, 19 years old, emerges into the bright daylight after spending 8 hours underground. We aren’t in Dickensian England but in the 21st century, where the coal industry is in full revival.
These are the zama zama, young or older experienced miners who, every week, try by their own means to strike it lucky in the South African gold mines. Coming from South Africa or Mozambique, they work and sleep in this oppressive universe. The duration of their stay is sometimes several consecutive (...)
Every week, the Zama Zama, illegal artisanal miners, set out to sneak into the goldfields in an ongoing arm-wrestle with the official goldmines.
On September 20, 2003 the town of Freyming-Merlebach, headquarters of the Houillères du Bassin de Lorraine (HBL), celebrated the end of coal-mining activity. The Lorraine mines were the last still in operation in France, and had their heyday from the end of the War through the 1950s. Of the (...)