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Goldmine (Burkina Faso)
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Image Title:  Goldmine (Burkina Faso)
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 By: Jurg Wittwer  
  Copyright ©2005

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Photographer  Jurg Wittwer {Karma:447}
Project #24 The Decisive Moment Camera Model Nikon F3
Categories Journalism
Film Format
Portfolio Africa
Lens Nikon  MF 28mm f/2
Uploaded 7/21/2005 Film / Memory Type Ilford  Fp-4 plus
    ISO / Film Speed 125
Views 928 Shutter
Favorites Aperture f/
Critiques 7 Rating
/ 1 Ratings
Location City -  Pouga
State - 
Country - Burkina Faso   Burkina Faso

Some years ago, someone fund a gold nugget some 60km north of Ouagadougou. Very fast the word spread through Burkina Faso and hundreds of holes were dig around the site. Out of nowhere grew a huge village of straw huts with thousands of inhabitants, no water supply and only four policemen. Some made fortune, others lost their life under the crumbling stones.
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There are 7 Comments in 1 Pages
Bill Telzerow   {K:4993} 8/2/2005
Larry Fosse pointed this photo-journalistic gem out to me, and all I can say is WOW! This is an extraordinary shot. The spectrum of emotion on their faces and body language is incredible. I don't think you could have composed it better...IMHO! Regarding a matter of luck...Luck is when you capture a lightning bolt at 1/125 of a second while shooting a landscape, not when you see a [moment in time], then document it for the world to see... Very, Very Nice!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work!




Larry Hammond Larry Hammond   {K:16631} 8/2/2005
George, read your review after viewing this wonderful scene, I agree it is a tremondeous capture of a scene in real life as it happens, this photograph and your review is equally of splendid calbier my friend!!



Larry Fosse Larry Fosse   {K:66486} 7/31/2005
George ...I took a look at this a while before reading your comments thinking how incredibly powerful and sad...I could write a review and never come close to what you've written....your critique is of equal quality to the photo...certainly heartfelt work


George Black George Black   {K:102014} 7/31/2005
I understand your feelings about the picture, but for any photographer who does not control the situation, luck--if that's what you call it--is always a factor. There were probably several other people on the scene at the same time as you, but the truth is, you are the one who got the picture. And most professional photographers I have known would say that one good picture per roll is pretty darn' good! --g


Jurg Wittwer   {K:447} 7/31/2005
Thanks, George, for these kind words. I have to acknowledge though, that this shot owns as much to good fortune as to skills. It was actally the only good shot on this roll of film. Still, I feel honored by your compliments. Thanks again. J.


Claudia Perilli Claudia Perilli   {K:31090} 7/25/2005
Bello il b/w. Una bella foto di documentazione.


George Black George Black   {K:102014} 7/23/2005
This is truly an extraordinary photo, a complex and sophisticated piece of photo-journalism. It ranks with the best of such contemporary documents. The setting is astonishing, of course, but it is the people and the composition that elevate the picture. It would be marvelous if only for the fellows in the foreground, but the two people climbing the ropes and those on the ledge above are powerful social and artistic elements well beyond the conventional. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST! Thank you . . .





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