Photo essay: Suriname gold mining
Recently, some folks I know conducted a two-day media experiment. On a Friday afternoon, they asked for submissions on a theme (which they called it “hustle”) and gave people 24 hours to turn something in. 1,500 essays, photos, and illustrations streamed in from media professionals and non-professionals, and they whittled those down to 70 pieces. By Sunday they had put together a 60-page print magazine.
They called it 48 Hour Magazine, a name which CBS threatened to sue them over. (Now it’s called Longshot Magazine.) It won a Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism.
I submitted a handful of previously unpublished photos from a trip in 2007 to a lawless gold mining settlement in the jungle of Suriname. Somehow important captions got lost, but you can check out the photo essay here.