Photographs by Kadir van Lohuizen.
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, 2005. 216 pp., 100 illustrations, 4¾x4¼".
This is a unique book. Part-bound in luxurious suede, and with a small
diamond on the front cover, it is printed in duotone and tritone on 5 different
papers (from rough to glossy), mirroring the progress of the diamond from
the mines of Africa to the world of fashion.
‘Diamond Matters’ records the whole process of the industry. Starting with
the mine and the workers – many of whom are just children – photographer
Kadir van Lohuizen tracks the precious stone on its socially upward journey.
With interviews from workers and others involved in the industry, it is a
beautiful yet deeply disturbing and thought-provoking book.
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