Rusted towers, used to hoist coal, angle precariously above deserted mines. The miners, the former aristocracy of labor, once inhabited a totally Soviet-constructed world of cottages, hospitals, schools, theaters, social clubs, and athletic facilities, which are now in a state of disrepair. Vines crawl through the stone fragments of a kindergarten, built at the beginning of the last century for the miners’ children. Trees force their way into a former processing plant. The surviving corner of a mining town’s sports stadium balances unsteadily amidst the debris of its modernist mosaics, which unemployed miners now scavenge to repair their cottages. 

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Donetsk, Ukraine, 2005 : Photographs by Margaret Morton