The Dark Side of Gold

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Norwegian Mining Museum is pleased to announce THE DARK SIDE OF GOLD – CHILD LABOR IN THE MINING INDUSTRY TODAY, featuring photographs by Larry C. Price. The photographs show children working in gold mines in Asia and Africa. Price is an award-winning documentary photographer and journalist based in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He has twice received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his photojournalistic work.

Untold numbers of children toil in small-scale gold mines around the world. They face daily risks of injury and death, as well as long-term health consequences caused by hard labor and exposure to lung-damaging particulates, mercury, and other toxic chemicals. Instead of learning in schools, they work at great risk to their lives for a few dollars or cents a day. Child labor is against the law in most countries. But laws are hard to enforce in remote areas where parents send their children into the mines to feed their families. American photographer Larry C. Price is documenting child labor and its devastating consequences with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to coverage of under-reported topics and international issues. The photographs in this exhibit were taken in the Philippines, the African nation of Burkina Faso, and Indonesia.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and activities at the museum throughout 2015. The exhibition opens March 24 and run to December 22, 2015.

 

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Larry C. Price (born 1954) American photographer and journalist based in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Price holds a BA in journalism from the University of Texas and has worked for several newspapers including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sun in Baltimore, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Denver Post. His photos and articles have appeared in international magazines included TIME, Newsweek, National Geographic, U.S. News & World Report, Der Stern and LIFE.

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