Ari Gabel is an Ohio based photographer whose work deals with the documentation of the vanishing faces and stories held within countless individuals across the American landscape. His project Good River examines the Ohio River Valley, an area of individuals dependants on the local coal mining industry. Documenting the stories of Appalachians who work these mines, Gabel was interested on their stories. “As the U.S. began to look for alternatives to coal as a resource for fueling cities and towns,” he says, “it forgot the people who dedicated themselves for generations to the coal mining industry. My goal for this project is to document these stories in an unbiased manner, and in doing so, to alter preconceived notions about who they are as a people.”

Text by Alexis Lodsun