Portrait of a Coal Miner

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© James Wiley
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In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

Shot for the book 'A Day in the Life of Canada' (Collins).

In June of 1984, 100 of the top photojournalists in the world were invited to Toronto and subsequently dispersed across the country to shoot Canada in one day.The book was mainly colour but they also wanted some black and white so we were given a ton of Kodachrome and a handful of Tri-X.

My assignment was Fernie, British Columbia, a small coal mining city not far from the Alberta border. At that time there was both underground and open pit mining but the underground operation was shut down years ago.

37 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Very cool vibes.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Soulful and very intense.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (16 Aug 2012):

    Awesome capture! Bravo!

  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Wonderful Expression in his eyes.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Just read a fiction story about Welsh coal miners, very intense.......for this person it is a very real hard daily reality.... through your portrait I can sense the man behind coal

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    I see absolute resignation and a lack of hope....very wonderfully captured!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2012):


  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (16 Aug 2012):

    The focus on the eye and those white whisker enhance this person's hard life.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Yes, the eyes.....balanced by the scattered white whiskers. Haunting.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (16 Aug 2012):

    Very sad eyes. I totally agree with Susan L.!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (18 Aug 2012):


  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Aug 2012):

    Such intensity in this image, his expression is one of determination and melancholy, congrats on this brilliant shot, James

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (18 Aug 2012):

    This is a very powerful photo - I wonder what their lungs look like!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (20 Aug 2012):

    Painfully beautiful James.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Aug 2012):

    Powerful and haunting.

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (21 Aug 2012):

    Perfect view of human disaster! No words!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 Aug 2012):

    this is wild!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (23 Aug 2012):

    massive KUDOS!

  • Julian Escardo

    Julian Escardo (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2012):

    A moment well captured...my compliments.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Aug 2012):

    The eyes speak volumes.. a powerful image, and heartwrenching!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (2 Sep 2012):

    Masterpiece !!!!

  • niko niko

    niko niko gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    awesome indeed

  • David Goold

    David Goold gave props (10 Sep 2012):

    Magnificent! Less is so much more :O)

  • Léa

    Léa (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2012):


  • Robert Newman

    Robert Newman (Deleted) said (18 Sep 2012):

    The lack of features 'cept the eyes and whiskers tell a telling story.. well done!

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2012):

    A powerful image! ...so much to say about the image...so much said by the image

  • F.W. Redelius

    F.W. Redelius gave props (23 Sep 2012):

    out standing

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (24 Sep 2012):

    Powerful ! Great image !

  • Stacy Rodman

    Stacy Rodman gave props (25 Sep 2012):

    Nice shot!

  • John Dorosiewicz

    John Dorosiewicz gave props (30 Sep 2012):

    So little yet so much.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (2 Nov 2013):

    Magnificent image!!! Voted!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Nov 2013):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (6 Nov 2013):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Nov 2013):

    Mysterious eyes but excellent capture... Vote!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (8 Nov 2013):

    Excellent portrait! My vote!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (14 Nov 2013):

    Oh YES!!! voted!!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (30 Nov 2013):

    Wow! Voted!

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