Alex Masi granted the 2012 FotoEvidence Book Award for Bhopal Second Disaster

BROOKLYN, NY.- The annual award recognizes a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice. FotoEvidence will publish Bhopal Second Disaster and mount a show of the work, and that of the four finalists, at the VII Photo Agency gallery in New York City. Bhopal Second Disaster by Alex Masi provides a painful reminder of the long-term consequences of the industrial pollution. Twenty-eight years after the accidental release of the poisonous gas, at a Union Carbide industrial complex in India, killed more than 8,000 people, whole communities inhabit a polluted landscape with poisoned water that produces birth defects, neurogical damage, and an array of illnesses. The work captures the struggle of Masi’s subjects but mixes it with moments of beauty and intimate tenderness. Masi’s work investigates critical socio-