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Black Carbon & the Himalayas

Our Dark Materials features stories and compelling visual documentation on black carbon – also known as soot – and its impact on the Himalayan mountain glaciers, water security, and public health across India.


Documentary photographer Ashley Crowther has followed the story of smoke and fire and its relationship with communities from remote Himalayan villages, harsh coal mining regions, and booming Indian megacities.


Through documentary photography and scientific journalism, Our Dark Materials captures one of Asia’s most pertinent and under-reported environmental and social development issues of modern times.


Book Details

  • Photographs and text by Ashley Crowther accompanied with text by James Whitlow Delano and Ravi Mishra

  • Hard cover 280 x 210mm cloth bound w/dust jacket containing 208 pages.​

  • Colour photographs and text on 170g FSC certified uncoated Italian paper form selected secondary fibres and ISO9706 long-life certified.

  • Copy editors Sterling Ah San and Richard Evirest.

  • Reproduction controller Uhwacompany using CMYK 350lpi separation. Printed and bound in South Korea 

  • Design by Mg Shin

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