Dispatches, Nicaragua, Photo Essays

Will Gold Make You Rich? Meet Nicaragua’s Güiriseros

March 24, 2010 By James Rodriguez

To begin viewing this photo essay as a slideshow, click the first image.

This photo essay is adapted from “Gold Fever: Artisanal and Industrial Mining Extraction in the Industrial Triangle,” which originally appeared on Feb. 28, 2010, at MiMundo.org. The images, by James Rodríguez, were produced with the support of Oxfam America.

Captions by Roque Planas.

About James Rodriguez

James is an independent photojournalist based in Guatemala who specializes in documenting that country's post-war social movement. Raised in Mexico City, James holds a B.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Indypendent of New York and Yes! Magazine, and can be viewed at Mi Mundo.

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