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From Mine to Market - the Diamond Story

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  • Fishing Shack - Yellowknife, Canada
  • The Town of Yellowknife
  • Lac de Gras, Canada
  • Caribou Herd, Lac de Gras
  • The Dyke, Diavik Diamond Mine
  • Ore Truck - Diavik Diamond Mine
  • Diavik Rough Diamonds - Yellowknife
  • Cut Diamond - Mumbai, India
  • Diamond Polishing - Mumbai, India
  • 56 Carat Rough Diamond - 47th St, NY
  • Rough Polishing - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Diamond Polishing - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Expert Repairsman - 47th St, New York
  • Expert Repairsman - 47th St, New York
  • Expert Polisher - 47th St, New York
  • Small Cut Diamonds - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Diamond Polishing - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Rough Diamonds - Mumbai, India
  • Maccle Rough Diamonds - Yellowknife
  • From Mine to Market - the Diamond Story
    We were commissioned to photograph two photo-essays: One documenting the journey made by a raw diamond from 'Mine to Market' and the second, a behind-the-scenes reportage of the world of the Select Diamantaire.

    The project began at the Diavik Diamond Mine, 300 miles north of the town of Yellowknife, deep in the Northwest Territories of Canada. This mine - carved out of the granite on reclaimed land from Lac de Gras - is one of the richest in the world. From Canada, the the team moved into the polishing rooms of the diamontaires on 47th Street New York, and then onto the cutting and polishing factories of Mumbai, India. Throughout the duration of the project, the team visited the Rio Tinto offices in Antwerp three times. Arguably the most important location of all; Antwerp has been the worldwide centre of the diamond business for past several hundred years.

    In all, the shoot took more than six months to complete - not including the many weeks spent retouching and grading all of the images. The resulting photographs were incorporated into two books, a web site and various other pieces of promotional material.
    Client: Rio Tinto
    Creative Director: Tom Ancona
    Photographer: James Bareham
    Retouching: The New Cruelty
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