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Zeche Westfahlen I/II Ahlen Sale

By Naoya Hatakeyama

Documentary evidence exists of 700 years of coal mining in the Ruhr District of Germany, one of Europe’s largest and most densely populated industrial regions. On June 30, 2000, almost 100 years of mining history came to an end in Ahlen with the closure of the Zeche Westfahlen, which had been opened in 1902... The socio-economic impact of this closure has been enormous, and its ramifications continue to reverberate. Hatakeyama was commissioned by “Regionale 2004” to photograph in Ahlen from October 2003 until February the following year, documenting the sites and structures that were home to tens of thousands of workers for over a century. The resulting photographs provide a valuable record of this once all-important industrial area, culminating in the demolition and razing of the entire site. Visiting today, one would never know what had stood in the vast, now empty space.

Original Price: $65


Item Number: B5532

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Product Information:
Year: 2006
Images: 49 color
80 pages



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