Petrut Calinescu May 3, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.
Gold Mining. Romania, 2006
Petrut Calinescu (b. 1976, Romania) graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Bucharest University and is currently based in Romania. His work has been published in National Geographic, Esquire, The New York Times, Courrier International, The Times, Business Week, Paris Match, and other international magazines and newspapers as well as with several NGO’s. He was awarded best Romanian Photojournalist for two years in a row. Petrut is currently represented by Panos Pictures.
About the Photograph:
“The picture is from a project about gold exploitation in the Rosia Montana region of Romania in 2006 just before the mining industry collapsed in that area. The rusty carriages filled with minerals were running off the rail so often that the train could barely move. During each of the transport of the materials the miners had to jump off the train and struggle in the mud to put the carriage back on the rail. The efficiency of this transport method was close to zero, but the miners were doing their best to prove that the factory should not be closed.”