Photographer Maurice Ascani’s exhibition reveals the world of the men and women at SOMAÏR

July 16, 2013

The world of the men and women at the SOMAÏR mine – Niger’s oldest and largest uranium mine, located in the north of the country – was on view in an exhibition of photographs by Maurice Ascani* from mid-June to mid-July 2013 in Niamey.

Ascani went all over the SOMAÏR site with the mine workers, taking photos from dawn until dusk to show the mining activity that has gone on there for over forty years and the human side of this extraordinary adventure.

In those photos, he captures the power of the machines in their constant ballet, the peculiar shapes and patterns of the technical installations, the unusual lights at this vast mining site… and, with a keen eye, reveals the pride, attachment and professionalism of the men and women, from the youngest to the oldest, who work there.

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Open-pit Mining

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Mining Equipment

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Heap leaching

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Dynamic processing

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Plant Back End Operations

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The men and women at the SOMAÏR mine

Following its inauguration by the Minister and Chief of Staff of the President of Niger, Mr. Hassoumi Massaoudou, the Minister of Communication and New Information Technologies, Mr. Salifou Labo Bouché, and the French ambassador to Niger, Mr. Christophe Bouchard at the Niamey Convention Centre on 14 June, the exhibition moved to the French-Nigerien Cultural Center Jean Rouch for one month.

The many people who visited the exhibition expressed enthusiasm at discovering all the aspects of the mining through the activities of the men and women working there, more than one thousand kilometers from Niamey.