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In 1983 and 1984 Chris Killip repeatedly returned to the community of Lynemouth, Northumberland, on the north-eastern coastline of England where fragments from the coal seams eroded by the sea are washed up on the beaches.[1] Men used nets on poles to bring up the chunks of coal that could be tossed into horse drawn carts backed into the waves. The gritty toil and hard work to collect and bag the coal was captured, appropriately, on black and white film giving it an authority that colour would have failed to do. In 1985 a British docudrama was released about live on this harsh industrial environment.[2] 

  1. Λ Chris Killip, 2011, Seacoal, (Steidl and GwinZegal)
    On the Chris Killip acquisitions at the Getty - Sarah Zabrodski, 2 October 2014 "This Just In: The Sublime in the Everyday: Chris Killipís influential photographs of North East England, newly added to the Getty Museumís collection, reveal human resilience in a ravaged landscape", The Getty Iris, [The online magazine of the Getty]
    (Accessed: 17 October 2014) 
  2. Λ Seacoal, 1985, (Amber Films)
    Seacoal, Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 7 November 2013) 
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