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A Photographic Project

Since moving to West Virginia, there have been several coal mining tragedies that have brought coal mining, and especially the people who do the mining, to my attention … and to the attention of the world.

With America looking for ways to reduce dependence on Middle Eastern oil, the coal industry is in the national spotlight. The future of American energy may depend in no small part on those who serve on the front lines, the coal miners themselves.

In making life-sized photographs of miners, I hoped to celebrate their valuable place in American society and honor their importance to the future of us all.

The West Virginia Coal Miners Project resulted in eighteen full-size, mounted images available for exhibition.

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America's Coal Miners

Project Sponsors

International Coal Group, Scott Depot, West Virginia

 

Prichard Mining Company, Hansford, West Virginia

 

Appalachian Power, Charleston, West Virginia

 

A.T. Massey Coal Co., Richmond, Virginia

 

Natural Resource Partners, Huntington, West Virginia

 

Petroleum Products, Belle, West Virginia

 

Roger Nicholson, Charleston, West Virginia

 

Jackson Kelley, Charleston, West Virginia

 

International Industries, Gilbert, West Virginia

 

Wells Fargo Insurance Services, WV, VA, KY and TN

 

Rajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, Lexington, Kentucky

 

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP., Lexington, Kentucky

 

Steptoe & Johnson, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky

 

United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, Virginia

 

Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum, Madison, West Virginia

 

Progressity Development Solutions, Charleston, West Virginia

 

Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Charleston, West Virginia

 

Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, Charleston, West Virginia

 

Philip B. Gibson, Versailles, Kentucky

 

Mouldagraph Corporation, Nitro, West Virginia

 

Charleston Steel, Dunbar, West Virginia