Amazing pictures from a small town farmboy reveal the shocking effect of America’s mining boom

Raised on a small family farm in New York before studying at Brown and Yale School of Art, artist Lucas Foglia (b.1983) clearly feels a strong connection with rural America.


And in a remarkable new exhibition of his photographs, he gives viewers a rare glimpse into the effect of the mining boom that is transforming America’s least populated states. Between 2006 and 2013, Foglia travelled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming, documenting the lives and landscapes affected by this industrial phenomenon. The resulting photographic account is both alarming and eye-opening.


To witness his raw talent and see the boom’s devastating effects for yourself, head to the Michael Hoppen Gallery where his impressive exhibition opens this Friday.



Ron, Town Historian, Auburn, Wyoming, 2010


Coal Storage, TS Power Plant, Newmont Mining Corporation, Dunphy, Nevada, 2012


Lucas Foglia: Frontcountry, 28 Mar – 10 May 2014

Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Pl, SW3 3TD;

*Main image – George Chasing Wildfires, Eureka, Nevada, 2012

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