Black Diamonds : Photographs of Longannet Mine, Fife
by Hutton, Guthrie and Colin Cavers
Dunfermline, Scotland: Fife Council Museums, 2001. Softcover. VG, clean, tight contents but art school ex-lib. with usual marks.. Glossy black wraps with bw photo image and white lettering. 60 pp. full of bw photos. Published to coincide with exhibitions held in 2000 and 2001 in Scotland. With an essay, Power to the People, by Guthrie Hutton, and all the photos by Colin Cavers. Bw photos of the daily workings of the Longannet Mine in Fife, Scotland and of the men working the mine from beginning to end of the shift. On March 30th 2002, the year after this book was published, 'Centuries of mining tradition came to an end when 77m litres (17m gallons) of water flooded the Longannet pit in Fife last Saturday after a dam separating old workings from new seams under the river Forth collapsed. If the breach had occurred 24 hours earlier, hundreds of miners would have drowned. The water poured into the five-mile mineshafts 1,970ft (600m) below ground in less than 10 minutes.' The fifteen men working underground at the time were in a part of the mine which escaped the flooding, and were all brought safely to the surface. - from Scotland Magazine; so these photos are now quite historic.
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