Mike Pallenberg is a supervisor at the Prosper-Haniel coal mine in western Bottrop, Germany. His main task, along with 6 to 8 other miners, is to attach a 550-pound drill so that it can worm up to 80 meters into the rock and drill holes. Every step has to be perfect, everyone has to rely on the other. A mistake can cost your life.

Nanna Heitmann is a documentary photographer, based between Russia and Germany. She joined Magnum as a nominee in 2019.

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