Coal Cultures

Picturing Mining Landscapes and Communities
 
 
Bloomsbury Visual Arts (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 27. Dezember 2018
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  • 216 Seiten
 
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Coal is the commodity that powered the technologies that made the modern world. It also brought about unique communities marked by a high degree of social solidarity and self-help.

Mining was central to working class life, drawing rural populations into industrial labour, but it often took place in picturesque landscapes, so that its black spoil heaps became a central symbol of the degradation of pastoral life by the demands of an extractive industry. Throughout Europe and the USA photographers have pictured the characteristic landscapes of the industry, and continue to do so as strip mining devastates huge areas of land. Not only landscape photography but also documentary, portraiture, photojournalism and art photography have been used in order to portray mines and miners.

This book presents three interlinked strands of investigation. The first is the way in which the production of coal created paradigmatic communities grounded in particular landscapes. The second concerns the role of photography in exploring, delineating and critiquing mining communities. This in turn involves an examination of the aesthetic and social characteristics of a number of genres of photography. Lastly, it considers the growth and decline of these sites, the geographic shift of the industry to other places, and the re-presentation of traditional localities through the lens of the heritage industry and industrial tourism.
1. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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978-1-350-03784-7 (9781350037847)
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Derrick Price is a freelance writer and independent scholar who has published widely on photography and film. He worked for many years in higher education and was for more than a decade the Associate Dean of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at the universities of Plymouth and the UWE as well as a Business Fellow at the University of Exeter (working on cultural industries). He has contributed to arts and cultural organisations in the U.K. A former Board Member of Arts Council, South West, he Chaired the Council of Management of Watershed, Bristol for 17 years. He currently Chairs the Board of Ffotogallery, the photography agency of Wales.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Degradation and regeneration
2. Images of miners
3. Mining communities
4. Fog, smog and pollution
5. Strikes and conflict
6. The new landscape of coal
7. Heritage, memory and nostalgia
Conclusion

Index

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