In the island of Sulawesi outside the city of Bombala, a 3-year-old girl bathes in runoff from a nearby gold mining operation. Small scale gold mining is common in this part of Sulawesi and constant exposure to mercury vapors during gold production has tainted groundwater and food sources consumed by the local population. Image by Larry C. Price. Indonesia, 2015. Add this image to a lesson

Award-winning photographer Larry C. Price visits LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, shedding light on the human costs of small scale gold mining with his long-term projects based in Indonesia and the Philippines among other countries.

Price's public talk at Campus Consortium partner LaGuardia Community College is part of a visit to New York City for the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Celebration where Price joins other Pulitzer Prize-winners now associated with the Pulitzer Center to reflect on the reporting that won the awards and how Pulitzer values have inspired their work since.

Price's Pulitzer Prizes came for his photography during the 1980 coup d'etat in Liberia and for his work in El Salvador and Angola in 1985. For his Pulitzer Center-supported projects, Price turned to the human cost of mining gold with his projects, The Cost of Gold: Child Labor in Burkina Faso and Philippines and Indonesia: The Cost of Gold.

For these most recent reporting efforts, Price and the PBS NewsHour team won the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for their short documentary, "Hazardous Work."

His projects look at the health effects that mining takes on the miners, especially the children, and the communities around the gold mines. Children often work rather than go to school, and they also work in dangerous environments, digging in mines that can collapse, working with mercury and inhaling toxins. Birth defects and long-term health problems have become almost commonplace in some mining communities.

Larry C. Price and "Gold's Lethal Toll"
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
1:00 pm-2:30pm
LaGuardia Community College
Little Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

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Tiny children and teens toil in the gold mines of the Philippines and Indonesia. A risky, often deadly, business, child labor is growing as families rush to exploit the worldwide demand for gold.

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