May 2011: Look Back in Anger by Martin Shakeshaft


This exciting documentary photography project by photographer, Martin Shakeshaft, set out to illustrate some of the changes that have been faced by mining communities in Britain, since the 1984 Miners’ Strike. The project spans twenty-five years and consists of fourteen triptychs. Alongside each original photograph taken in 1984/85, there is a contemporary colour landscape taken from or near the original location and a contemporary portrait of someone featured in the original image.In 1984 when the dispute started there were 170 collieries in the UK, twenty-five years later there are only 4. Martin’s poignant images look back at the lives of some of those people affected and also the longer-term effects on the communities involved.