WHITE GOLD, the Majestic Marble quarries of northern Italy.

"Rarely has a material so inclined to stay put been wrenched so insistently out of place and carried so far from its source. In Italy’s most marble-rich area, known as the Apuan Alps, the abundance is surreal. Hundreds of quarries have operated there since the days of ancient Rome and Michelangelo sculptured most of his statues from this stone. Now the trade is booming due to the demand in Saudi Arabia and other gulf states. The photographs of this area's majestic quarries reveal their own isolated world: beautiful, bizarre and severe.

Published on The New York Times Magazine: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/magazine/the-majestic-marble-quarries-of-northern-italy.html