2016 Photo Contest, People, 2nd prize

Digging the Future


Matjaz Krivic

20 November, 2015

Arzuma Tinado (28) leads an eight-member crew of miners at Djuga, an artisanal gold mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso. Around 15,000 people work in the area, in pits hacked into the ground, some barely wider than a manhole.

As the price of gold fell, people began to dig ever deeper to find enough to make a daily wage. Arzuma works some 20 meters underground. Mining under these conditions is backbreaking labor during which miners are constantly breathing in dust. The subsequent process of extracting the gold exposes them to mercury and cyanide.

About the photographer

Matjaz Krivic

For 22 years, he has covered the face of the earth in his intense, personal and aesthetically moving style that has won him several prestigious awards.? He has made the road his ...

Technical information

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Focal length
35.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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