The river ran black

  • Photographer
    Lys Arango
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Editorial / Press/Photo Essay / Feature Story
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Date of Photograph
    2020 - 2022

For years, the Asturias region of northern Spain was one of Europe’s most important coal mining areas, but now, the days of the coal industry are numbered. The last active mine, San Nicolas, will close in 2023 after a long agony that began in the 1980s. Born in Madrid, far from these northern lands loaded with the symbolism of the workers' struggle, I returned to the place where my paternal family was born, to photograph the end of an era and collect the stories of the last miners and their families.

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