Shifting Ground

Dean Chapman

Young people’s lives in South West Durham, documented as part of Side Gallery’s Coalfield Stories programme of production, 1999/2000.

These photographs of young people in Crook, Willington and St Helen Auckland came from the first stage of Chapman’s longer term examination of post-industrial experience in and around the towns and villages of South West Durham, which was ravaged by the pit closure programme of the 1960s. The whole project, documenting the survival of mining communities and mining culture and the social fractures that were now threatening them, continued until 2005.

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