Photographer Costa Corbas is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portrait documentary photography.  From the project ‘Coal Portraits’To see Costa’s body of work, click on any image.

 

 

 

 

This is an ongoing project about the workers and their families living inside India’s coal belt.  More than 70% of India’s electricity comes from coal, helping to satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding middle class. Open-pit coal production is set to increase by more than 50% in the next 4 years. Expansion of open-pit mining has a devastating effect on the environment, health and the local communities living around the mines. As well as the official mines, there is an illegal parallel distribution system run by the coal mafia. Every day before sunrise women and children scavenge coal in hazardous conditions, for distribution on the black market. For many, this is their only livelihood.

 

 

 

 

All images and text © Costa Corbas

 

 

See also:

The Human Cost Of Coal

By Costa Corbas

 

 

 

 

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