L i e v i n
Liévin, the mining pits fully close in 1974; (the last pit of
the mining basin will close in 1990)
It is a whole
culture that desappears, a sure job for the next generation.
families are waiting for a re-opening that will never come.
In 1989, a
commission is given to writers, photographers, movie makers and actors
under the direction of
the Ad'Hoc agency.
The issue is
to help, with artistic action, the changing of activity of inhabitants
of the city, coal miners and
I then choose
to look for traces (of mining, of world war 1) very present in the
landscape and for popular
To show the
faces, to give to families the ability to present themselves in their
dignity, I undertook a serie of
photographs in mining villages.
photographs stand today as a tribute to workers and their culture.