Sunday, February 7, 2010


E-Waste is a series of tragic but beautifully shot images from photographer Andrew McConnell. The photos were shot in Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Ghana's capitol city Accra, which has become a dumping ground for computers and electronic goods from Europe and the U.S. The hundreds of tons of waste that wind up here each month become the raw materials for impoverished people to salvage and live on. In places like the U.S., properly disposing of computers is hazardous and costly. Simply dumping them in poor countries like Ghana poses fewer legal problems, but results in all manner of toxic materials being released in the water, the air, and into the bodies of the people who work with them. The photos are eye-opening.

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