Farmer Bob, from the series Hard Coal

Photograph by

Joel Anderson (USA)

About this image

Farmer Bob was 49 years old when this was taken and had been an underground miner his entire adult life despite losing one lung to illness. Photographed at the old B&B Mine near Pennsylvania USA - which later closed after the coal deposit was exhausted and Bob and the seven other miners moved to a new mine dug nearby. This is part of a series of photographs taken at the small family-owned mines of central Pennsylvania, using large format film cameras and the available light.