This is a drawing of coal miners, adapted from a photograph by James Nachtwey–which accompanied the article by Jeanne Marie Laskas in a recent GQ.
Did you know that coal mines are white? Most people would think they are black, but limestone dust is spread over the exposed coal to prevent explosions.
A quote from the article: “There is nothing aesthetic about a coal mine. There is no design, no geometry, no melody. A coal mine greets you with only one sentiment, then hammers it: This is not a place for people, this is not a place for people, this is not a place for people.”
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