A toxic tragedy in Bhopal, by Alex Masi
Bhopal Second Disaster provides a disturbing yet tender portrait of people living in the shadow of one of the worst industrial accidents ever happened: a gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal, India in 1984. Almost 30 years later, approximately 30,000 people live in the area surrounding the abandoned plant and find themselves and their children suffering from severe neurological disorders produced by years of chemical contamination of the soil and water.
The author of this series is the Italian photographer Alex Masi, who won the 2012 FotoEvidence Book Award for his book on the project, “Bhopal: Second Disaster“, which will be launched in an exhibition partnership with FotoEvidence at the VII Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, on October 25.
Bhopal Second Disaster documents the terrible toll of the pollution in Bhopal and the residents’ struggle for justice and assistance. It reminds the viewer of the long term consequences of industrial pollution and the difficulty that victims of pollution face when seeking justice.
You can learn more about the VII’s exhibition clicking here.
Images credits: Alex Masi.