Five years ago this spring Indypendent photojournalist Antrim Caskey met Marie Gunnoe of West Virginia when Gunnoe passed through The Indypendent‘s original office on East 29th Street.
Gunnoe was in New York for a protest at a shareholders meeting for Massey Energy Company, a leading practitioner of Mountain Top Removal (MTR), an especially destructive form of coal mining in which whole mountains are destroyed and their remains deposited in nearby valleys. Stunned by Gunnoe’s description of what was happening, Antrim arrived on the ground in southern West Virginia three days later and began chronicling both the destruction caused by MTR and the grassroots resistance movement that has emerged over the past five years to challenge the power of the coal companies. This morning, Democracy Now! carried an interview with Antrim about her experiences and her new book (Dragline) of photojournalism from Appalachia.
Check out Caskey’s interview on Democracy Now! here:
Also, here are links to Antrim Caskey’s coverage of Mountain Top Removal in The Indypendent:
“Operation Appalachian Spring” photo essay