Coal cultures : picturing mining landscapes and communities / Derrick Price
- Price, Derrick
- London ; New York : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 2018.
- Physical Description:
- xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Photography, place, environment
- Machine generated contents note: Coal and photography -- Commodities -- Types of coal -- Coal and politics -- The culture of coal -- Reading about coal -- Manifesta explores coal mining -- History and memory -- The structure of this book -- 1.Degradation and Regeneration -- A famous coal tip -- The Welsh mining valleys -- Degraded landscapes -- Picturing mining -- The Bechers -- Mining landscapes today -- Aberfan -- Memory and community -- Landscape after Aberfan -- 2.Images of Miners -- Women in mining -- The Munby archive -- Women, mining and romance -- Masculine bonding -- The miner as hero -- Picturing workers -- The FSA and the 1930s -- Documenting three tenant families -- Russell Lee -- Lewis Hine -- British 1930s documentary -- The critique of documentary -- 3.Mining Communities: Coal Camps and Mining Villages -- The cultural life of mining settlements -- Disasters -- Disasters on film -- Moving and visiting -- Artisanal mining -- Bootleg mining -- Free miners of the forest -- Sea coal -- The future of coal communities -- 4.Fog, Smog and Pollution -- Fog in London -- Coal gas -- The dustmen of London -- Fighting pollution -- Smog and art -- London and New York -- Pollution -- 5.Strikes and Conflict -- The British miners' strike of 1984/1985 -- Women's groups -- Retrospective accounts -- In Harlan County -- Matewan -- The Battle of Blair Mountain -- 6.The New Landscapes of Coal -- Post-industrial landscapes and photography -- The Valleys Project -- Reconnaissance -- Wales -- Stripping the land -- Mountain top removal -- Mountains and the sublime -- The sublime in art -- The American technological sublime -- The Anthropocene -- Burtynsky -- 7.Heritage, Memory and Nostalgia -- Coal and the heritage industry -- Industrial tourism -- Heritage tourism and modernity -- Tourism and photography -- Nostalgia -- Nostalgia for coal -- Souvenirs -- Memorabilia -- Mining memorials -- Ruins -- CODA.
- "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."--
- 9781350037830 (hardback : alk. paper)
1350037834 (hardback : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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