Author: Sebastian Sardi

Documenting the conditions of coal miners

Swedish documentary photographer Sebastian Sardi is innately curious. After reading an article about coal mining accidents in China in 2008, he decided that he wanted to see this first hand and to document the workers’ side of the story – shedding light on the lack of workers’ rights. From this beginning, his curiosity grew. Starting in China, he expanded to Russia, Kazakhstan, and eventually, India. In India, he discovered coal mines that had grown around, and sometimes into, local villages, covering everything with a thick layer of fine dust. His photographs eventually turned into a book, titled Black Diamond, documenting the lives and conditions of those living alongside the coal.  We sat down with Sebastian to learn what he finds important in documentary photography, and his workflow in capturing these coal miners and their environment. What interests you most about documentary photography? People, their lives, and their stories. This series is focused on a very sensitive subject. When capturing difficult and sensitive subject matter, what do you take into account? I approach people with respect …