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1st Prize Daily Life : Espen Rasmussen


The Curse of Coal 

Coal used to be the gold of West Virginia, US. But then Obama came and new environmental regulations. Together with lower price on coal, it led to huge redundancies and the coal became a curse for many of the coal-cities in West Virginia. In 1940, 140.000 worked in the mountains, today only about 15.000 are left in the coal business. Town like Beckley and Mullens does not have many other sources of income. Drugs, pills, alcohol and violence is dominant many places, and young people are struggling to find work, forcing many to move.

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Espen Rasmussen (b. 1976) works as a picture editor in VG Helg — the weekend magazine of the biggest daily Norwegian newspaper VG. At the same time he is constantly working on his own photo projects and is represented by Panos Pictures. Rasmussen have won numerous awards and been exhibited internationally.

Sony World Photography Awards 2016
From 22 April to 8 May 2016
Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

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