Sulfur Slaves / Edition of 9

Toiling through hazardous sulfur dioxide fumes, workers carry loads of up to 200lbs on a strenuous climb from the volcanic crater basin, to the crater rim, and down the steep inside wall. Workers suffer numerous respiratory problems due to insufficient protection. They receive low wages of approximately $13 a day. To capture this image, Gouin hiked into the crater on a moonless night to prepare for the sunrise over the crater rim. During the dark night, he was enveloped and disoriented in dense clouds of sulfur dioxide that burned his eyes and seared his lungs, giving him a brief experience of the daily struggles that these men face.