Photographer Roger Tiley has been collaborating recently with new Photobook publisher 2tenbooks to bring a few of his projects onto the printed page.

Highly regarded for his in-depth documentary work on the Mining communities of the the South Wales valleys dating back to the 1980's, his recent book Portraits of coal miners - Thirty Years Ago is a record of when Roger decided to look for the miners and their families he originally photographed. Portrait images were photographed on black and white medium format film to replicate his original images of the 1980s, then photocopied prints were placed together to form large images around two metres square and installed in derelict spaced and land where the miners once worked. This book shows colour images Roger photographed of his work installed in these hauntingly empty spaces - of a time now passed in Wales.

A second book, Travelling through Coal Creek, brings together Roger's photographic journey through the mining communities on an entirely different Continent: the southern Appalachian states of Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia in the USA.

Started in 1997, this work captures the Appalachian coal regions and the people who live and work in them. Roger's sensitive photographs display an understanding and closeness with his subjects in tough communities facing day to day challenges not dissimilar to the close mining communities where Roger was brought up, and still lives, in South Wales.

 
 

A third book with 2tenbooks is now in the works: Coal faces - changing places. 

After visiting David Hurn's small show at Kickplate Gallery in Abertillery in May, Roger has been invited to exhibit a selection of his early work from the 1980 near where he grew up.

It’s great, as I feel I’m giving something back to the mining communities I grew up in, and a lot of people I photographed and old school friends I’ve not seen for 3 or 4 decades will turn up during the course of the show.

The landscape has changed beyond recognition, from the heavily industrialised coal villages, to the undulating topography of lush green pastures, with terraced housed being the only surviving clue to the history of the area. The coal faces have long gone and looking at my images again, they look dated; something that happened a long time ago, but it seems like only yesterday, when I remember the experiences I had shooting the pictures.

I’m a so called ‘traditional’ documentary photographer, but the images I make communicate with the mass and not the selected few! So long may it continue.
— Roger Tiley

Roger's show at The Kickplate Gallery will run 8 October - 5 November 2016.

See more of Roger's work on his website is www.rogertiley.com
and follow him on Twitter @RogerTileyphoto

Find out more about the Publishers www.2tenbooks.com and on Twitter @2tenbooks

 

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