Kai Löffelbein | Death Metals

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Country of origin: Germany
Project location: Bangka Island
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2014

Years of intensive tin mining has left a trail of devastating effects on the environment and the people on Bangka island. Big tin companies such as PT Timah and informal miners destroy large tracks of forest and the offshore mining the coral reefs. Bangka island produces currently one third of world's tin, used widely in the electronics and IT industry by major brands. Electronics companies such as Apple, Samsung, Panasonic, LG Electronics and Sony obtain their tin from Bangka Island. Informal miners sell their day's findings on to middlemen, who also collect tin from miners working in official mines. On Bangka Island 20% of locals are tin miners and another 40% work in related industries. Bangka has more or less turned into one big mining pit. Off shore tin mining is also rampant. Suction ships and bucket dredgers are killing marine life and destroying coral reefs


Kai Löffelbein is a documentary photographer based in Hannover and Berlin, Germany. He studied political science in Berlin and photojournalism and documentary photography 
at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. His work reflects his interest in the ways political and economic structures shape modern society. He divides his time between client work and personal projects.

Kai worked in various countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. 
His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals and has received awards from Magnum Emergency Fund, UNICEF POY, Days Japan, Henri Nannen Award, PDN Photo. He welcomes assignments local and overseas and is always interested in collaborating with freelance journalists and writers on projects. Find his pictures at laif photo agency