Marble at any price
India is one of the largest suppliers of marble in the world. In Rajasthan, open-air mines stretch as far as an eye can see, creating gigantic staircases in the arid landscape where men and machines work.
In recent years, the demand for marble has increased, making working conditions harsher and more dangerous.
Many of the mines workers suffer from dehydration, poorly treated injuries and hearing problems. Most of all, respiratory pathologies are now very frequent, specially the disabling and potentially deadly silicosis caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica dust which eventually destroy the lungs. This cannot be cured. In 2016, a study estimated that one out of two marble miners is suffering (or will one day) from silicosis or silicotuberculosis. This represents more than 800,000 people. In 2019, I went down to the marble and sandstone quarries and photographed the workers in situ. For them, who gave me their trust, I want to bear witness to this reality to which we barely pay attention.