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antrim caskey

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Profession: Photojournalist
Location: Rock Creek, West Virginia , United States
Home base: New York, NY
URL: http://www.antrim-new.com
URL: http://www.antrimcaskey.com
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Journal: http://www.appalachiawatch.org
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Member since: 26 Aug 2005 10:08


Antrim Caskey was born in Baltimore, MD in 1970.

Antrim made her first pictures in 1993, in southwest China, while teaching English in the Sichuan province. It was here that she began making “pictures.”:http://antrimcaskey.com/popup.php?id=6&imageNo=1

Caskey has studied photography at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Palm Beach Photographic Center in Florida and the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Antrim lived and worked in India (1997-98) where she freelanced for the Indian Express and the Hindu, two of the largest daily news papers in India. At the Alliance Française in Madras, she presented an exhibition of her street photography, “People and Spaces”:http://web.mac.com/antrim16/iWeb/ANTRIM/People%20and%20Spaces.html , at the end of her stay.

Antrim landed in New York City at the end of 1998. She worked at the New York Times Magazine for several years and then left to go freelance in 2002.

In 2003, Antrim was awarded a “Pew International Journalism fellowship”:http://www.internationalreportingproject.org/fellows/2003/fall/caskey.htm to study at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and then to go to Argentina on a six month reporting trip to report on the human costs of Argentina’s unprecedented economic collapse of 2002. See the video she produced “here”:http://www.pewfellowships.org/stories/argentina/argentina_cartoneros.htm

Around the time of the Republican Convention converged in Manhattan, Antrim found the “New York City Independent Media Center”:http://nyc.indymedia.org . She joined the Photo Team and began regularly contributing both pictures and text to the monthly newspaper “the Indypendent”:http://indypendent.org .

At the “Indypendent:http://web.mac.com/antrim16/iWeb/ANTRIM/clips.html , Antrim encountered Maria Gunnoe and with this began work on the story of how the coal industry is obliterating the oldest mountain range in the nation and slowly “killing off the people who have lived on these lands for a dozen decades”:http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/64657.html . Published pieces appeared in “Orion magazine”:http://www.oriononline.org/pages/om/06-1om/Reece.html , “the Indypendent:http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/63264.shtml, “Grist.org”:http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2006/02/16/caskey/, “Clamor:http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/36/, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She also has posted a collection of published work and photos at “War in Appalachia:http://www.clamormagazine.org/issues/36/ .

While working at the NYC IMC, Antrim covered “housing issues”:http://www.indypendent.org/?s=antrim+Caskey, counter-recruitment, “Critical Mass”:http://jameswagner.com/mt_archives/004862.html and protests of all kinds.

In August 2005, Antrim traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to cover the nation’s first Parliamentary elections. In June, 2006, she returned to Afghanistan and has now just returned from a six month stay.



antrim caskey. pp. Health and Science, Nov 30 2012. "What Happens When You Blow Up a Mountain? The heroes and heartbreak of Appalachia." Slate , pp. Health and Science. Aéroports de Paris (ADP) , Nov 30 2012.
antrim caskey. "Don Blankenship: The Dark Lord of Coal Country" Rolling Stone , Dec 9 2010.
antrim caskey. pp. daily news, Aug 23 2010. "Tapping into the Electric Power of Heat" National Geographic , pp. daily news. Aug 23 2010.
antrim caskey. "Hell Yeah, We Want Windmills" Orion , Aug 1 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. Blog: The Great Beyond, Jun 26 2009. "Coal Protesters Assaulted and Shot at, Says Hansen" Nature , pp. Blog: The Great Beyond. Jun 26 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. Dot Earth Blog, Jun 23 2009. "Hansen of NASA Arrested in Coal Country" New York Times , pp. Dot Earth Blog. Jun 23 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. Green, Jun 18 2009. "Nonviolent Goldman Prize Winner Attacked by Massey Supporter: 94-Year-Old Hechler, Hannah, Hansen Arrested at Coal River" Huffington Post , pp. Green. Jun 18 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. center spread, Jun 6 2009. "Operation Appalachian Spring" Indypendent , pp. center spread. Jun 6 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. National, Jun 5 2009. "New York Has a Dirty Little Secret" Indypendent , pp. National. Jun 5 2009.
antrim caskey. pp. Talkline, Jun 4 2009. "Protests Called a Necessity" West Virginia Metro News , pp. Talkline. Jun 4 2009.


Recent Post

Violence Against Journalist Covering the Coal Industry

Greetings Lightstalkers,

This Saturday evening my home was vandalized by 4 drunken men who pelted my home and me with rocks from their pick up truck just 30 feet from my front door. Earlier this month, my home was attacked with beer bottles which broke another window.

I’m a photojournalist embedded in Rock Creek, WV, covering the human and environmental costs of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. I moved from NYC in 2008 to Rock Creek, WV to work and live in the field full-time. I embedded with Climate Ground Zero, a pressure campaign to end mountaintop removal by utilizing non-violent civil disobedience. In 2009, I was personally sued by the nation’s third largest coal operator, Massey Energy, for trespassing on their sites to cover the protests.

The battle continues with no clear end in site for the most atrocious human rights violations in the United States. Coal companies are mowing down the Appalachian forests, the most bio-diverse temperate forests on the planet. Then they are shoving the rich soil and loose rock into the valleys below. Then they blast the mountain apart to reach the seams of coal situated like layers in a cake below.

The communities below and around these operations are devastated and destroyed. The head-water streams are being poisoned with heavy metals or simply buried under hundreds of feet of crushed mountaintops.

500 mountains are gone. Thousands of headwater streams, that feed the southeastern United States are dead.

The local Fox News affiliate, WCHS-TV, is airing a blatant piece of yellow journalism this week entitled, “Attack on Coal,” as if a rock can be attacked. Promos for this multi-part one week special ran this weekend during NASCAR along with newly minted propaganda – a new “Clean Coal” advertisement. I believe that the yellow journalism will stir up trouble, whip up the fear that is already present in this uncertain economy, in this mono-economy of West Virginia that is completely bought and paid for by the coal industry.

Check out these photos on my group’s FB page,

Spread the word if you can. My goal is to shine a light as bright as I can on these actions.

Don’t know much about this issue? Well you are probably connected. SEe here, http://www.ilovemountains.org/my-connection

Thank you for your attention. I appreciate any small action you can take. In 2010 I published an exposé on the issue called, Dragline. Please contact me if you would like a copy. Dragline was recognized by the Robert F Kennedy Center in their annual journalism awards in Maya 2011 for best domestic photography. Appalachia Watch welcomes visitors. Please contact us for lodging information.


Antrim Caskey

+1 304 854 7788
appalachiawatch at gmail.com

30 Apr 2012 16:04 | 2 replies

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