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Miners in Cerro Rico

By philipr  
This is a shot of miners working in Cerro Rico in Potosi Bolivia - the highest city in the world.Cerro Rico was the worlds biggest silver and tin mine and was reasonable for most of Spains wealth during the spanish colonial times in South America.Working conditions for the miners have changed little in hundreds of years.

Tags: Photo journalism Bolivia Miner Landscape and travel

Voters: lbesson, BurntOut, Beamon and 5 more



SueTurner 18 81 3 England
22 Sep 2006 9:16PM
wow what conditions - wont feel so bad about going to work in the airconditioned office on Monday now!

Possum 16 148 England
22 Sep 2006 9:17PM
Great shot, must have been hard to get such a good composition.
redstag 17 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2006 9:43PM
A cracking shot, and a difficult life.
philipr 17 392
23 Sep 2006 6:26PM
The hardests thing about taking this was the fact that you couldnt see hardly anything through the view finder. I used wide angle for just about everything down there to give myself a better chance, focusing on infinity. The fact that it hard to breath didnt help either but no way Im going to complain after seeing what they go through. Most miners get a terminal respiratory condition after about 7 years and many miners start working as young as 12 years old or even younger.Its sad and amazing that conditions like this still exist.
Beamon 16
23 Sep 2006 11:37PM
Love this shot, my old man worked in the mine as did his dad, most people don't realise how easy they have it.

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