Free Mines, Coal Faces is a photographic monograph by documentary landscape photographer Nick Hodgson of coal freemining in the Forest of Dean with images taken between 2019-22.
In this first book, Hodgson examines this unique landscape and the fiercely independent community of freeminers. The body of work comprises colour landscapes recording the evidence of mining of both current and old freemines, and black-and-white portraits of members of today’s freemining community and their work. The book includes an essay on freemining by local Forest of Dean writer, John Belcher.
‘Just when we all assumed mining has finished in the UK, Nick Hodgson finds the Forest of Dean miners, working away. His photos are excellent. He goes down the mines and gets to know the community of miners. His book is highly recommended.’ — Martin Parr, photographer
180mm x 220mm, 86 pages
14 colour, 45 duotone plates
Limited edition 6×4 print in self-contained envelope