Opening reception for a documentary photography exhibition of the socio-ecological impacts of gold mining in Peru, Mozambique, Romania, Spain, Greece, Burkina Faso, and the Philippines. On display in the atrium of Kroon Hall.
Co-sponsored by The Earth Institute at Columbia University and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. The Amazon Gold Project consists of images that witness the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold. The result of the devastation will create consequences on a global scale. Ron Haviv traveled along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. The valuable Amazon rainforest is not only being stripped of life, but also forever poisoned with mercury, a by-product of the illegal mining practices. Left in the wake are almost surreal images of once extraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland.
Haviv shot images of illegal gold mining and deforestation in Peru for the documentary film Amazon Gold (2012)
Delmi Álvarez is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Brussels covering Editorial & Documentary photography of social affairs, environment and human rights. He covered the conflict in Yugoslavia (1991-93) and the lives of Cubans (1990-91), for which he received the FOTOPRESS award in Barcelona. Delmi covers daily news in the European institutions and EU countries for wired News Service ZUMAPRESS, Corbis images and El Pais. He is also working on a long-term project on the Galician Diaspora, which includes three documentaries broadcast on Televisión de Galicia (TVG) of persons living in the diaspora in Africa, Venezuela, and Russia. Delmi is a dedicated lecturer at colleges and photography schools participating in educational projects for the understanding of photojournalism.
Alvarez documented gold mega mining sites in Greece, Spain, and Romania that use cyanide; part of a long-term project In the Name of Gold.
Robin Hammond is a winner of the W.Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the RF Kennedy Journalism Award, and the recipient of four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism, amongst other awards. He has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects. Born in New Zealand, Robin has lived in Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is currently based in Paris.
Hammond’s The Price of Gold captured the lives of Zimbabwean miners in Mozambique, where toxic mercury used to extract gold poses health risks to rivers and diggers.