Sunday, 6 April 2008

South Wales in the 1970s

Merthyr and his nearby home village of Heolgerrig feature in the photographs taken by Robert Haines in 1971 and 1972. Some of his collection are featured in the Independent's Saturday magazine.

Paul Vallely's linking commentary implies that they represent a time that is past and lost. I think he is mistaken. I still see faces like them in the Dulais and Neath valleys, and read of similar life-histories in the local press. Even coal is coming back.

But the photographs are good in their own terms, without a historical overlay. See what you think.

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