It is a lunar landscape, apocalyptic. There are huge man-made holes in the landscape, the ground is burning. Large glowing pits open up the gates to the underworld. The whole area is oozing of toxic gases and toxic smoke. Sometimes the land is divided and split open. Villages are sinking down into the ground. Young children are digging in the soil with their bare hands. It is all about Coal - or "BLACK DIAMOND" as it is also called by the locals.
BLACK DIAMOND is a long term photography work by Sebastian Sardi. The images will be published in a high quality hard cover photo book in collaboration with the renowned German Publisher Kehrer Verlag.
Dhanbad is called the "Capital of Coal" and is located in Jharkhand state in northern India. Coal is mined everywhere, and large parts are sorted by hand by people who once had land and houses, and lived in villages that now have become big black pits. Many have been forced away from these areas when companies and authorities recognized the richness that hides in the ground. The underground fires force people to relocate. The mining companies claim they are unable to put out the fires while the local people blame the companies for letting the fires burn so the coal can be reached and excavated from underneath the villages.
BLACK DIAMOND is about the environmental aspects of fossil fuel usage and it is also a close portrait of the people who work with extracting it from the ground. The photographs show the coal mining and the everyday lives of coal workers and miners in India. What I have seen and photographed at all the mines that I visited in India are hard-working men, women and children and their living and working conditions. As well as the nature and landscape.
There is a fragile balance between nature and mankind. The human inability to break patterns is painstakingly visible in these photographs, as we knowingly keep on extracting the ground beneath our own feet. Energy produced by the burning of coal is the single biggest contributor to the carbon dioxide emissions generated by human kind. Coal is a major part in the issue of global warming.
BLACK DIAMOND will be a high quality hardcover photo book with printed cover and 112 pages containing 42 photographs including 5 double fold-out pages (left and right). The book will go to print as soon as the Kickstarter ends. It will be published and designed by German Kehrer Verlag.
Book Size: 240x275mm
- Hardcover Book with Printed Cover
- 112 pages incl 5 Double Fold-out Pages
- Content is 170gsm Art Print Semi-Matte Paper
- There will be both Color and Black & White photographs
1 pcs Reward Print will feature the photo of Lamboo, (2017)
- 3 pcs Reward Print will feature Kumkum (2015), Lamboo (2017) and the Broken Ambassador, (2017) car below.
Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art.
THE COSTS / BUDGET
Producing a high quality photobook may be more expensive than one might think. The 105.000 SEK will cover the cost of a high-end production of 800 copies, including image processing, design, test printing, printing, and binding.
If the funding exceed the amount hoped for there will be a larger choice for finer finishes such half-linnen binding for cover, printed and laminated front- and back sheet, and/or foil stamping on the cover and spine. If it goes way beyond expectations the money gathered will help the production of an exhibition that would help to promote the launching of the book this fall.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges are minimal with this project. I already have a written contract with the publisher Kehrer Verlag in Germany. I am aware of the challenges involved in the process of producing a book. When publishing a photo book, there is always the possibility of delay. Kehrer Verlag is highly experienced at dealing with the production and printing challenges entailed in the making of great photo books.
Updates will be posted regularely throughout the whole process from layout to testprinting up to the printing and book release. An update will be posted every 1-2 weeks up until all rewards have been shipped.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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