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Naoya Hatakeyama: La Houillère de Westphalie I/II, Ahlen (French Edition)

Publisher: Paris: Éditions Textuel, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 2845971842
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111266

$60.00

Specifics

First French edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title in white on cover and in black on spine, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama. Introduction (in French) by Andreas Brüning. 76 pp., with 49 four-color plates beautifully printed on fine matte art paper. 11-1/4 x 13-1/4 inches.

Condition

New in publisher's shrink-wrap.

Description

From the publisher: "Documentary evidence exists of 700 years of coal mining in the Ruhr District of Germany, one of Europe's largest and most densely populated industrial regions. To this day, approximately 9.6 billion tons of hard coal have been mined in the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia. On June 30, 2000, almost 100 years of mining history came to an end in Ahlen with the closure of the Zeche Westfahlen, which had been opened in 1902 with the inauguration of the Bergwerkgesellschaft Westfahlen. The socio-economic impact of this closure has been enormous, and its ramifications continue to reverberate.

Japanese artist Naoya Hatakeyama was commissioned by 'Regionale 2004' to photograph in Ahlen from October 2003 until February the following year, documenting the sites and structures that were home to tens of thousands of workers for over a century. The resulting photographs provide a valuable record of this once all-important industrial area, culminating in the demolition and razing of the entire site. Visiting today, one would never know what had stood in the vast, now empty space."