The recent boom in resource extraction in Latin America and the intense conflicts surrounding extraction have attracted the notice of many communities of practice and media genres and generated new modes of representation that bring together different publics. Many of these strongly emphasize the visual as a direct and (ostensibly) accessible mode of communication. Recent visually-oriented representations of extraction and responses to it include Sebastião Salgado's famous series of gold miners in Serra Pelada, Brazil; documentary films such as La Hija de la Laguna (about the conflict between the Yanacocha mining company and communities near the site of a proposed open-pit mine known as the Conga project); and photo essays in...

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