Sea Coal

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When Chris Killip came across a bunch of men working an open cast mine on the coast of North East England he knew it was something he had to photograph. Several years and a couple of violent , punch-in-the-face refusals later he managed to get his wish.

A barely remembered acquaintance happened to know the workers concerned and got him the chance to record their hard scrabble existence.

The result was ‘Sea Coal’ , a little known classic of eighties photojournalism that acts as a powerful and poignant reminder of the kind of work that has sustained the poor through the ages.

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Helen and her hoola-hoop, Seacoal Camp, Lynemouth, Northumberland

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