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Photographers and Research by Mike Simmons, Shirley Read

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Conohar Scott: Collaborative Working

Environmental Resistance: Art for change

The Rationale Behind Collaboration

My interest in the photographic documentation of industrial pollution first emerged almost by accident over a decade ago when I visited Eden, a small hamlet in Vermont, USA. My stay resulted in the documentation of Eden’s most notorious feature—the town’s abandoned asbestos mine. Once the largest of its kind in the USA, it was forced to close following a change in federal law in the late 1990s, which made it illegal to mine asbestos. However, no funds were allocated to cleaning up the site and the owner of the land was not obliged to take any action. As a result the mine remained as it was on the last day of production, with loading ...

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