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For almost a century, Jharia coal fields have been on fire in the Indian state of Jharkhand because of poor mining techniques. Many of the people who live on the burning fields survive by collecting coal illegally. The coal is burned and then transported to nearby markets for very little money. A resettlement plan has been put in place, but the area’s residents are reluctant to move to safer grounds because the coal earns them their livelihood.
Bombay Flying Club is an independent audio-visual production house in Denmark consisting of three photojournalists. Their recently-launched Wasteland project is a series of web documentaries about industrial pollution, and the story from Jharia is the first chapter of this ongoing project.
Poul Madsen, BFC founder, has a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism and has previously worked as a news photographer for various Danish papers and for the Indian Express in Mumbai, India. In addition to working in online journalism for the past four years, Poul also works in film documentary.
Henrik Kastenskov started out as a fashion and advertising photographer, but his craving for documenting real life stories and situations brought him to The Danish School of Journalism. Since 2006, he worked as a staff news photographer on several Danish papers before turning freelance work.
Brent Foster is an award-winning Canadian video journalist who currently resides in Delhi, India. Brent works on assignments for clients in North America and his work is often featured in Time Magazine and the Globe, and Mail.
Line Wolf Nielsen is a Danish freelance journalist residing in Delhi, India, who covers South Asia for clients in Denmark and elsewhere. Her job has brought her to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and China.