La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia

Artesanal miner El Palo, Cauca.

Artesanal miner El Palo, Cauca.


Stephen Ferry’s Kickstarter project is in it’s last week… with your participation he and his sister can complete La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia. La Batea documents artisanal gold miners, their craft, and their struggles with multinational mining companies in Colombia. We need to make four more field trips, contract a designer, print and bind the book.  La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia will be published in December, 2016 by Red Hook Editions, an extraordinary photobook publishing community based in Brooklyn. The Spanish edition will be published by Icono Editorial in Bogotá, Colombia

We have thought a lot about the materials used to make this book. A touch of real gold is pressed into the rough cardboard of the cover.  Porous paper engages the sense of touch. And the graininess of Stephen’s film adds texture to the images. With this design, La Batea seeks to create an emphatically tactile experience for the reader.

With a contribution of $35.00 you can reserve a signed copy of La Batea. Other books are available a are beautiful chromagenic collecors prints.

Thank you for your support.

La Batea draft dummy ING-1

About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.