These photographs were originally published in Orion Magazine. In May 2005, photographer Antrim Caskey encountered Maria Gunnoe in Manhattan. Gunnoe had come to protest the practice of mountaintop-removal mining at a Massey Energy shareholders meeting. Two days later, Caskey left for the Cumberland Plateau, where she made these images. "People are scared," Caskey says. "I'd be scared, too." Maria Gunnoe, 37, Bob White, W.Va. "With mountaintop removal, the species we are losing is the human species -- just because we're hillbillies. Hillbillies are the last people you can make fun of -- it's acceptable. We do have educations. We do …
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Antrim Caskey is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on community justice issues worldwide. She covered the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan in September 2005, and is currently traveling in India documenting the rise of that nation as a global power. Her work, which can be viewed at her website, has appeared in Orion magazine, The Independent, The New York Times Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Travel+Leisure, and other publications.