Germany 1904 – Great Britain 1983
Coal-searcher returning home, Jarrow 1936 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
This image of an unemployed Durham miner – one in five miners was unemployed – came to represent the depressed north of England. Brandt commented that ‘my most successful picture of the series, probably because it was symbolical of this time of mass unemployment, was a loose-coal searcher in East Durham, going home in the evening. He was pushing a bicycle along a footpath through a desolate waste-land between Hebburn and Jarrow. Loaded on the crossbar was a sack of small coal, all that he had found after a day’s search on the slag-heaps’.
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