© Ed Kashi, around 2007, Niger Delta / Nigeria

An oil-soaked worker takes a break from cleaning up an oil spill in the swamps near Oloibiri.

Ed Kashi’s work chronicling the negative impact of oil development on the Niger Delta evolved into the book 'Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta'.


Since oil was discovered there in 1956, over 400 billion dollars worth has been pumped out of these fertile grounds. The Delta, the third largest wetland in the world, has become the main source of foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria yet it remains the least developed area of the country. The images in the book document daily life along the Niger Delta, its inhabitants and the conditions in which they live.

Watch an video interview with Ed Kashi on VII Agency - The Magazine and read another on British Journal of Photography.

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