Creative production agency and publisher Gignoux Photos is pleased to announce the launch of Mountaintops to Moonscapes at the ‘Bruised Lands’ exhibition, Wasps the Briggait, November 5th at 5 – 6.30pm.
Mountaintops to Moonscapes is a handmade photobook in which photographer Alan Gignoux documents the ruinous impact of mountaintop removal mining on the Appalachian region and its people.
Described by environmentalists as “strip mining on steroids,” mountaintop removal mining uses explosives to take up to 800 feet off the top of the mountain to expose the coal seams beneath. Alan’s photographs reveal the transformation of a mountainous region of ancient forest to an other-worldly landscape as cratered and bare as a “moonscape.”
The plight of the mining communities in the region is made plain through the words of two Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards who have dedicated themselves to lobbying for changes in the law to stop mountaintop removal mining and limit and mitigate its effect on the environment in Appalachia the people living there.
The publication of Mountaintops to Moonscapes follows the success of Gignoux Photos’ first self-published photobook, Oil Sands, which documents the bitumen mining industry in Alberta, Canada. It was the winner of the Los Angeles Center of Photography First Photobook Competition in 2019 and was exhibited at photobook festivals internationally.
A companion to Oil Sands, Mountaintops to Moonscapes comprises a large format book with slip-sleeve, hand-bound in multiple parts, and a booklet in which origami folding techniques are used to express the violence being done to the Appalachian landscape.