Miners 宋朝摄影 | Photographer: Song Chao 宋朝 | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Song Chao (born in 1979 in Shandong Province) grew up and worked in a coal-mining community since he was ten. While such conditions - working 12 hours a day in a mine - would discourage many, Song Chao one day in 2001 decided to install a studio composed of a white background and natural light near the exit of the mine.

Thereafter and over the course of five-years period, he devoted himself to the depiction of miners, their families, their surroundings, and the people whose occupations are connected with the mines . Together, these photographs offer an intuitive, personal and powerful portrait of the impact of mining on a small community.