Exposing India’s Illegal Sand Mines for WIRED

August 27, 2015

By Matthew Ismael Ruiz


A view of an illegal sand mine on the bank of the Yamuna River in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, photographed on March 17, 2015.

When Patrick Witty, WIRED magazine’s director of photography, was given a story about illegal sand mining to illustrate with photos, he knew photographing the story would prove challenging. At its center was a murder in the rural Indian village of Raipur, of a farmer who dared speak out against the sand mine in the village and the gangsters who controlled...

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