Photographer Jef Bonifacino is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘Vorkuta’. To see Jef ‘s body of work click on any image.
Former city of Gulag, situated in the North of the Ural Mounts, Russia.
There is one only road in Vorkuta, a 54 km closed circle that connects 14 districts and their coal mines. Thirty years later, ten districts are neglected.
In addition to being in a post-industrial crisis, Vorkuta is also suffering from global warming. Permafrost thaws, the soil softens, buildings are twisted.
Here, global warming does not translate into rising water levels. Here, the earth melts, mixed with coal.
“The problem also threatens Alaska, Canada and other northern territories, but only Russia has cities so far north. Forty percent of buildings in the coal mining city Vorkuta have been damaged, the emergencies ministry’s Tereshkov says.” The guardian. Alec Luhn, Fri 14 Oct 2016