This South Africa Photo Series Explores the Gold Mining Industry

By: Farida Helmy - Jun 24, 2014
References: jasonlarkin & featureshoot
What makes photography so inspiring and popular is the fact that its gets to show us worldly, exotic, beautiful and unusual things we would probably never have seen otherwise during our lifetime like this South Africa photo series.

Capturing the effects of the century-long gold mining industry in South Africa, ‘Tales from the City of Gold’ portrays how the leftover toxic waste takes over the lives and landscape of millions of South Africans. Shot by the London-based photographer Jason Larkin, the South Africa photo series takes a closer look at the 500,000 people living and working close to these horrid waste dumps. The mountainous dumps seem to fuse so naturally into the surrounding landscape because they have been there for so long. They have become cash-outs recently with the increasing price of gold—people have been re-sifting through the dumps to find any remains of gold.