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Coal-face worker, retired miner, Merthyr Tydfil, 1993

Close up portrait photograph of a man with bright eyes contrasting with his dirty coal dust covered face wearing a hard helmet with a lamp on the front

Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum Photos.
Courtesy of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation

"These kings of the working class sensed that their world would soon change. Miners always elicited extreme reactions from the ruling class, who saw them as the enemy to be destroyed. Today they are virtually all gone - for reasons unconnected with economics."