Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013

Orientation & Orthodoxy

For over twenty-five years, the predominant message presented by the Hardcoal Chronicles was that the pictures are the beginning of the story, hopefully sparking the imagination of the viewer into pursuit of the larger cultural issue. But often, certainly more than I ever expected, viewers were remarkably perceptive in their questions in the other direction: How did this body of work all come together? Actually, it was the inevitable outcome of the journey; and all the decisions about archival processes, inventory organization, and picture presentation were dictated by the messages from the field telling of our aggregate need as a people to preserve our regional legacy.

To that end, field choices along with archival documentation and storage considerations mandated all selections. So, instead of merely presenting the pictures here, the most important but only the final 2% of the process, some of the panels provide a glimpse into the 98% of the work and thinking that historically dominated the time and expense involved in the evolution of the Hardcoal Chronicles.

So, as forty years is a career in anything, here’s a glance into the larger hidden view of what went into it — an indication of four decades of the work, the stress, the expense — it’s all part of the process; and the making of a lifetime. Hopefully some of the panel topic selections will help you see farther than the pictures. After all, the gift is the journey-one often defined by the unexpected station stops.

~Scott Herring


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