The lives of four East Durham ex-miners and their families, 1998 to 2004, compared with post-industrial experience in Bremerhaven, Germany, developed as part of Coalfield Stories.
Together with Peter Fryer’s Fathers, Dean Chapman’s Shifting Ground and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s The Coal Coast, this was one of the works which initiated the Coalfield Stories series of commissions. Recognising the need to redevelop photography production in the absence of funding, the four photographers agreed to set these connected projects away. Living himself between Bremen and NE England, Grassick explored the common themes and differing social approached that have distinguished the ways in which Britain and Germany have handled post-industrial change.
All images © Richard Grassick