1956 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Antoine Rulmont

08 August, 1956

Family members wait for news about their loved ones, who are trapped in the Le bois du Cazier mine pit during the mining disaster of 8 August 1956 in Marcinelle. Due to a human error, a fire broke out in the Bois du Cazier mine in Marcinelle, Belgium, causing the death of 262 people from 12 different nationalities, including 136 Italians and 95 Belgians. The disaster resulted in an end to Italian immigration into Belgium and stricter regulations on safety at work.

About the photographer

Antoine Rulmont

Belgian photographer who lived from 1914 till 1968.

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