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In a coal-mining area in Spain, people say mining is much more than just a job: it makes you live but it can also kill you. Over there, future has a black color, even blacker than the extracted coal. BLACK FUTURE is a photo-documentary project which tells the story of those areas, giving voice to miners' wives. The project is ongoing: right now I've finished my second trip to photographically document this story. The outcome of the production will be a 10 minutes audiovisual (based on photographs, texts and audios with the interviews) and a printed catalogue.

In the last few months, the majority of newspapers showed photographs of Spanish miners fighting against anti-riots police. In a time of crisis and social rights cuts, many people looked at them with admiration, impressed by their strength and courage. As a photographer, I felt attracted by the subject too. I was wondering how could I contribute to this large coverage. Well, I went to the coal-mine areas and I could see that there is still a lot to tell.

Pozo Soton

One can say a lot about everyday life there, and explain the stories of families which entirely depend on the mine. There is a lot to say about miners' funds, corruption and lack of responsibility, as well as about the lack of any alternative to the mine. While on one hand the government cuts mine's subsidies, on the other, it restricts the quantity of coal that mines can sell to the power stations, but we don't read much about this in the press. And not much is said either when tonnes of extracted national coal lie abandoned in the fields, while at the same time, trucks bring it in from abroad.
The reality is always more complicated that the way it is described in the newspapers. When I started to speak with miners' wives, all of them told me that what can be read in newspapers does not reflect their reality even in a small part. This is why, through this project, I wanted those women to tell their version of the story.

In my photo-reportages it's very important for me to get close enough to my "subjects". So I try to spend time with them and share part of their life as
I believe this is the best way to better understand their situation. I contacted different associations of miners' wives and, at the end of July, I could realize my first trip to Asturias (in the coal-mine region). At that time I could only spend there a few days, during which I spent much time with Olga, Monica and Chioni who shared their stories with me.

Familia minera - Monica

However, five days it's not enough to go into the subject in depth. That's why went back, this time for about two weeks. During this trip spent time with several women who work as miners themselves.

In the photo-reportage I try to cover the story from different angles: everyday life within the family and the local society; general conditions in the coal-mine areas; different activities organized by those women to resist the government's policy; and, finally, situations related directly to the work in the mines.

All of this material will be used to create an audiovisual of about 10 minutes, and a catalogue of about 40 pages. The last will include a selection of photographs from the project, as well as some general facts about the situation and texts based on the interviews I'm conducting with the participants.

Taller en Pozo Soton

The audiovisual will be broadcast on the internet and also will be at the disposal of the miners' wives associations. Additionally, I will present it to different photographic festivals and organize independent projections. Other, more traditional, forms of diffusion are of course exhibitions and publications in magazines (both at the Spanish and international levels). The catalogue will be accompanied by a CD-ROM version of the audiovisual.
Both the audiovisual and the catalogue will have a section of acknowledgments in which I will include a list of all persons who support this project.

To have a better idea on how I conduct and finish my projects, please have a look at my previous reportages:

Project Lesbians & much more tells the story of 12 lesbian couples in Poland, where homophobia is still much present.

Project Lesbians and much more

To conduct this project I carried out four long-term trips to Poland. Audiovisual Lesbians

Project Hard Times is about the mortgage crisis in Spain.

Project Hard Times

This time I followed two families through the time of suffering problems with their bank and being evicted from their apartment. Audiovisual Hard Times

Both of these projects have been profusely exhibited and published in Spain and abroad (for more details, I invite you to visit my web page: hanna jarzabek)

Nowadays, the media work very fast. Conflicts and spectacular events catch attention and tend to be presented as front-page topics. Rarely there is enough time and space to cover a given subject in depth and to present it in a way that would reflect its complexity.
In my opinion, independent photo-documentary projects can fill this gap, escaping the frenzy of most media. In a time when traditional media undergo a deep crisis, such independent projects are really important to help explain situations and realities in a more comprehensive way. However, due to financial reasons, it's often really difficult for freelance photographers to cover many stories we would like to talk about. That is why I decided to resort to a crowdfunding campaign in this case. Your support and your trust will help me cover this story which, in my opinion, is worth to be told and explained in more detail.

Thank you for your support and your trust!


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  • salut Hanna! projet très intéressant! come d'hab ;) buona fortuna

    Made by francef

    Salut! Merci, je ne suis pas sûre si je devine bien, c'est toi Francesca? De toute manière mille fois pour ton soutient! un gros bisous Hanna

  • Molta sort Hanna!!!!

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    Muchissimas gracias Sergi! por todo, tus comentarios, tus ugestiones y ahora tu apoyo! Un abrazo fuerte

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Black Future

Black Future

Black Future

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In Asturias they say mining is much more than just a job: it makes you live but it can also kill you. Monica, daughter and wife of miners, says the future looks black. As black as the coal they extract. A photo-documentary project to create an audiovisual and a catalogue.
En las cuencas mineras se dice que la mina es mucho más que un trabajo: tanto te da de comer como te puede quitar la vida. Para Mónica, mujer e hija de mineros, el futuro pinta más negro que el carbón. Proyecto foto-documental para crear un audiovisual y un catálogo.
Dans les bassins minièrs on dit que la mine c'est beaucoup plus que juste un travail - ça te donne à manger, mais ça aussi peut te touer. Pour Monique, fille et femme des mineurs, le future a une couleur plus noir que le charbon. Projet du photo-reportage pour créer un audiovisuel et un livret.
Created in: Barcelona

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on October 28, 2012.

  • Pledging €10

    Your name will appear in the credits (in multimedia and on my webpage), as a sponsor of this project + you will receive a pack of 10 postcards with selected photographs from the project (size 10x15cm)

  • Pledging €25

    Name in credits + catalogue with a selection of photographs and texts from the project, dedicated by the photographer.

  • Pledging €40

    Name in credits + pack of 10 postcards with photographs from the project + One printed copy of one photograph, dedicated by the photographer (Print with Plotter, size 20x30cm)

  • Pledging €80

    Name in credits + catalogue dedicated by photographer + One printed copy of one photograph, dedicated by the photographer (Print with Plotter, size 40x60cm)

  • Pledging €100
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    Name in credits + Pack of 10 postcards with photographs from the project + One printed copy of a photograph (20x30cm) + One printed copy of a photograph (40x60cm), both dedicated by the photographer (Printed with Plotter)

  • Pledging €250

    Name and LOGO in credits + 2 copies of catalogues dedicated by photographer + 2 dedicated copies of a photograph (40x60, printed with Plotter) + Projection of audiovisual and talk about project

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on October 28, 2012.


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Hanna Jarzabek
Born in Poland, lived in Switzerland, where she finished her Master degree in Political Science and took photography classes at the Art School of Geneva. She completed her knowledge by training in black & white ar... Read more
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