Hardcover linen book/20×25cm/ 80 Pag/Pan-F 2011 Limited book edition with a signed archival print.
One of the largest copper mines in Europe is located in Bor eastern Serbia. The complex is in operation since 1903. The state-owned Mining and Smelting Bor (RTB) runs two open pit mines and one underground and employed about est. 5000 workers. Since the mid-1990s and during the time of sanctions on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, production in this mine dropped significantly from the very prosperous 1970s and 1980s.
Copper mining and smelting is the key base of Bor’s economy and the effects of decreased production can be seen all over the town. During the last two decades significant impacts on local rivers, wildlife and the atmosphere have been observed.
For decades Bor and surrounding villages are suffering air and soil pollution due to production processes and slag dump sites, mainly sulfur dioxide accompanied with heavy metal particles; deforestation and land erosion from opening new mines; water pollution from the industrial process. Besides the industrial waste water, the municipal waste water has been discharged into the local rivers without any pre-treatment. The farmers and beekeepers also reported negative effects on their production.
Despite the investments exceeding 300 million euros, modernisation of the copper foundry and smeltery the mine complex is still generating losses. Above all pollution didn’t drop significant, making RTB even today not comply with occupational health and safety standard.
De Stichting Sem Presser Archief heeft sinds 2000 vele projecten op het gebied van fotografie ondersteund. De financiële middelen kwamen uit de nalatenschap van Sem en Joke Presser. Ter afsluiting van haar activiteiten met het Sem Presser Fonds heeft de Stichting Sem Presser Archief een boek in 2015 laten produceren waarin ondersteunde projecten en activiteiten op een rij zijn gezet.