Antoine Bruy is a French contemporary photographer currently based in Lille, France. He graduated from the Vevey School of Photography in Switzerland in 2011. His work has been showcased internationally in various group shows and featured in numerous acclaimed magazines.
Presented body of work is titled La Montagne Noire, which can be translated into The Black Mountain. The series is a documentation of social issues happening in the Northern region of France caused by the fall of regional mining in the early 1990s.
“After more than two centuries of mining, a specific and complex culture emerged and durably marked both territory and people. Concrete and social heritage, marked by solidarity and highly controlled society fully supported by mining companies has led to compartmentalization, lack of initiative, and lack of mobility; but also generated strong social bonds and commitment to hard work,” Antoine explains. The artist documents the once prosperous mining areas, where life has completely changed since the closing of the last mine. He takes a closer look at the impoverished cities and their small communities, which face the after effects of the mining industry.