Photographer Rich-Joseph Facun talks with the WOUB Visuals team about his new book centered in Appalachian Ohio.

Crowdfunding Helps Photographer Share Southeast Ohio’s “Black Diamonds”

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The WOUB Visuals team talked with photographer and Ohio University alumni Rich-Joseph Facun about his new photobook, “Black Diamonds.” The book is a visual exploration of place, community and cultural identity in former coal mining boom towns of Southeast Ohio and Appalachia.

Rich-Joseph Facun’s photo from his book “Black Diamonds”

Facun shared insight on his career in photography, how he first thought of the idea for the book and photographed the project, and the hurdles of crowdfunding and publishing a book in the middle of a pandemic.

Interviewer: Evann Figueroa, WOUB Visuals photo editor

Camera: Chris Day, WOUB Visuals assistant photo editor