Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013

about the names & titles:

Governing this body of work are the Masthead: “HARDCOAL CHRONICLES” and three primary names identifying the photographer: Given name — Scott D. Herring, Cultural Title: “Starkkohlenfelder of Pennsylvania” [a formalized derivation (unique to the photographer) of his native Pennsylvania German dialect meaning ‘Hardcoal Fields of Pennsylvania’], and the moniker: “The Last Anthracite Photographer”.

The “HARDCOAL CHRONICLES” is the formal name of the body of work and has been in continuous use, along with ‘Starkkohlenfelder of Pennsylvania’ since January of 1975, 13 months after the first image was made. “The Last Anthracite Photographer” emerged as a reference to Scott in various elemental forms in the late 1970s, but was formalized by Dominic Keating, President of the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates, and Dan Perry of the Anthracite Museum Complex and Iron Furnaces, in the early 1990s during the lead up to “Through Cultural Eyes” — The Twentieth Anniversary Retrospective of The Hardcoal Chronicles exhibit beginning with initial lecture presentations on November 9, 1995 and later displayed continuously at the Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Hennemuth Gallery, presenting 210 images throughout four specially- constructed rooms, until January 8, 1997 when the Commonwealth insured and stored it for over a decade. During this mid-1990s period, fourteen newspaper articles and numerous websites, some from outside of Pennsylvania, made continual mention of these formal names and titles in reference to Scott’s work. Due to the loss of the Anthracite Railroads (fully one half of the cultural and industrial story), and the rapid disappearance of Hardcoal cultural landscape evidence thereafter, it is sadly impossible since 1976 for there to be another true Anthracite Photographer to follow Scott in succession.


A1 Title plate
A2 Frontispiece
A3 Dedicatory
A4 Panels Intro
A5 The Region
A6 Overview
A7 Names & Titles
A8 Orientation
A9 Image Roster
A10 Farther Afield
A11 Portfolios
A12 Chronology
A13 thecoalman.com


C1 Metamorphic
C2 Mine Pits A
C3 Coal Holes
C4 Deep Mining
C5 Breakers
D1 People
D2 Pitch Black
D3 Coal Delivery
D4 PA Bituminous
D5 Soft Coal
D6 Mine Pits B
D7 Coaling Towers
E1 Coal Trains
E2 Coal Cars
E3 Non-Coal RR
E4 Car Shots
F1 Night Images
F2 Jim Lukens Art
F3 Anthracite Racing
F4 Racing Reunion


H1 Linking Up
H2 Homecoming
H3 Photographers
H5 “Last Call” continued
K1 Acknowledgements
K2 Thank You
K3 Honorees
K4 Ambassador
K5 Silver Images
K6 Framers
K7 Dan's Camera
K8 Rob-Win Press
K9 Lew Graver
K10 Avanti Cigars
N1 “Year in the Life”
N2 The Work in 2011
N3 Continuity
N4 “Parting Shot”


Q1 Calendar
Q2 Show Venues
Q3 Visitors Welcome
Q4 Links
Q5 “On Hold”
Q6 Copyright Notice
Q7 Gifting of Images
Q8 Site Update
R1 Return