An unlicensed miner is taking a break from extracting ore containing gold, and other metals like lead, to be sold and processed in artisanal sites, near Dareta village, Zamfara State, Nigeria. On October 28, 2011, in this very same mining site, four workers died buried under the ground when a pit suddenly collapsed. The lead contamination is caused by ingestion and breathing of lead particles released in the steps to isolate the gold from other metals. This type of lead is soluble in stomach acid and children under-5 are most affected, as they tend to ingest more through their hands by touching the ground, and are developing symptoms often leading to death or serious disabilities.

Alex Masi

[email protected] 00447557343017 United Kingdom


Award-winning documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in London, UK.

Recent Recognitions:

Honorable Mention - Unicef Picture of the Year 2012, for his long-term project in Bhopal, India;

3rd Prize - ‘Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards’, for his series from Fallujah, Iraq. Exhibitions scheduled throughout Japan in 2012;

'FotoEvidence Book Award 2012'. 'Bhopal Second Disaster' has become a hardcover and Ipad book in October 2012. The official launch was held at the VII Gallery in New York City;

Italian Journalistic Prize 'Premio Enzo Baldoni 2011';

'2011 Getty Grant for Good';

First Price - 'United Nations - Yonhap International Press Photo Awards' Singles – Enhancement of International Peace;

'The Photographers Giving Back Award' assigned Alex a grant to create and implement a specifically designed plan, benefiting one of his subjects and her family living in a contaminated colony of Bhopal, India;

First Prize - 'The 2nd Jacob Riis Award' - The Gala Awards;

'2011 Focus For Humanity NGO Assignment Fellowship';

2nd Place - 'FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition' Series Photojournalism/Social Documentary;

First Place - 'Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism';

First Prize - 'China International Press Contest' – Daily Life Single

Selected - '2010 Photo District News (PDN) Photo Annual';

Special Prize - 'Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards';