Alan Gignoux

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Mountaintop Removal is a highly destructive but cheap method of extracting coal used by companies in the Appalachia region of the USA. It was banned under the Obama Administration but reinstated under the Trump Administration.

Due to mountaintop removal and the demise of the coal industry, towns like Appalachia are dying.

The trees have been chopped down, the mountain blown up and the draglines have pulled out the coal and have moved onto the next one.

Sulphur is one of the toxic by products of Bitumen mining.

Tailings ponds are the waste areas of bitumen mining.

Tailings ponds are the waste areas of bitumen mining.

A jockey is knocked off his horse before the race begins, Kildare, Ireland.

A flutter is big part of horse racing in Ireland.

Horses are trained on the beach as sand is softer not damaging joints while the cold water of the sea repairs strains on muscles.

Two Saharawi refugees in Al' Asurd refugee camp, Tindouf, Algeria. After the Moroccan invasion and occupation of the The Western Sahara, the Saharawis have been refugees for over forty years in the deserts of Western Algeria.

Buyema Fateh, better known as, " Castro" juxtaposed with a portrait of him as a young men as a POLISARIO fighter where his looks earned him the nickname. Today, "Castro" runs a disability centre,the only one in a refugee camp and

Alan Gignoux

Gignouxphotos is a documentary photography and web documentary company focussing on socio-political and environmental issues around the world.

Our commitment is to recording the effects of occupation and displacement on communities around the world. Long-term photographic projects have taken us to the Middle-East, North Africa, Canada, and beyond. Along the way, we’ve worked with NGOs such as Oxfam, CARE, and the British Council.

More recently, Gignouxphotos has documented the environmental and social legacy of the industrial exploitation of natural resources in North America and post-Soviet Russia.

We’ve covered environmental controversies, such as oil sands extraction in Alberta, Canada and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

Our team brings together a group of highly skilled professionals – making fine art photography, photographer’s books and zines, multimedia web documentaries and touring photography exhibitions.

For more info on the Gignouxphotos team and what we do, head to the Workshops page.

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