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The Price of Gold: Photographing Miners Who Suffer Silicosis Because of Work[1] author: Thom Pierce (UK)
Description Britain-born photographer Thom Pierce mainly explores documentary, portrait and art photography, engaging with issues of cultural, social and historical significance based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Inspired by the fact that the high court in Johannesburg decided that a class action lawsuit could be laid against 32 gold mining companies in South Africa in May 2015, Thom Pierce traveled around South Africa’s Eastern Cape to find and photograph a group of miners who suffer from silicosis and pulmonary tuberculosis due to work in the gold miners, as well as widows named in the court documents. And then photographer arranged them into the photo project “The Price of Gold” which was commissioned by the Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27.

Silicosis is a preventable but incurable lung disease that is contracted in the gold mines through inadequate protection from silica dust. Miners who contract silicosis get tired and out of breath quickly. They are prone to lung infections, respiratory failure and pulmonary tuberculosis.

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