I’d not met Larry before that. Since then, we’ve become friends. Before Dayton, he’d traveled the world recording images of civil rights abuses, wars, famine and black cowboys in America. His photographs are poignant, thought provoking and beautiful in that they capture the human condition for eternity.
Lately he’s been traveling to Africa and the Philippines where children are being forced into very dangerous mines. The images will haunt you. Last week, his work was featured on PBS Newshour. Of course, you wouldn’t read about this in the Dayton Daily- so it’s on Esrati.com. I’m sorry I didn’t write this last Thursday when the show was on- but, things were hectic.
Children caked in dust and sweat climb in and out of 150-foot mine shafts with dexterity. Their small bodies operate makeshift grinding machines to extract gold from its ore.
Photographer Larry C. Price traveled to remote mining towns in Burkina Faso, along the Ghana and Ivory Coast borders, to document the use of child labor, which is technically against the law but often overlooked in the West African country that depends on gold exports for revenues.
Watch Children in Burkina Faso Get Dirty Work of Digging Up Gold on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
Read the full transcript of the video here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec13/burkinafaso_07-10.html
The complete project page, documenting the work for the Pulitzer Center is here: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/burkina-faso-gold-mines-child-labor-exploitation-poverty-migration-famine
Congratulations to Larry for being one of the amazing Dayton Originals, who are doing things that no one else on the planet is doing.