Previously unpublished photographs from the 1960s and 1970s – a time when industries in the north east of England were facing fundamental change as superior technology and foreign competition swept towards them. This all makes for a book of dramatic images with a poignant edge. There are striking photographs of the people caught up in all of this from young lads looking for something to do as well as old men watching it all go by, people at work on the docks and advertising Roy Orbison’s tour visit.
Yet outside the towns and cities, there was still the countryside and the Durham coast, often affected by the industry and its unwanted by products, but retaining a character all of their own. This is a gritty depiction of unique areas, from a time when attitudes to disposing of colliery waste, unwanted chemical residues and now largely unrecognisable as a result of the last fifty years of change. Not to be missed by anyone who knows the area or has an interest in Britain’s industrial heritage.
Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire and grew up in Darlington. He attended QEGS Darlington and Corpus Christi College Cambridge with a working life covering the steel, construction and chemicals industries as well as local government, and more than twenty years as a director of a research consultancy. Gaunt is an accomplished photographer – his work has appeared in The Guardian, Steam Railway, and in two books of photographs of steam engines from the 1960s. He lives in Cardiff with his wife Elizabeth.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 160 pages
Illustrations: 249 black-and-white photographs