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Gelatin silver print

11" x 14" (Actual image size: 10" x 12")



Main entrance to Raspadskaya Coal Mine, Prokopievsk, Kuzbass region, Siberia. The biggest coal mine in Russia, they say, maybe in the world. (After a while, "biggest in the world" loses all perspective and meaning here.) The miners are on strike for better wages and living conditions. Salaries are the equivalent of $50 a month, not enough to feed their families. Though all are unaware of it now, the strike is a key factor in the chain of events leading to the USSR's implosion nine months later. March 1991.



Shepard Sherbell


"Main entrance to Raspadskaya Coal Mine" 1991

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