The Platinum Belt

In a project supported by our long-time client, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, award-winning photographer, Ilan Godfrey spent months photographing people living in the Platinum Belt of South Africa.

Of this project, Ilan says: “I was originally drawn to the way in which mining stamped its mark on the environment, but my experiences soon exposed something deeper: land rendered unfit for agricultural use; a public health crisis within local communities ill-equipped to cope with mining-generated air-, land- and water-pollution; and the disruptive influence of systematic labour exploitation on traditional cultural and familial structures.”

For this website, we worked to find a way to assist the viewer in exploring the area, rather than following a sequence of portraits and detailed captions. We created a map-based user experience and included a marker indicating where each portrait or story had taken place.

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