Hardcoal Chronicles 40th

1973 - 2013

The Image Roster
It’s all in the (Call) Numbers

Begun in December 1973, The HARDCOAL CHRONICLES is the work of only one photographer,
Scott D. Herring, who is entirely self-taught, self-funded, and the only of the Region’s five generations of Anthracite Photographers who was not initially paid by coal and/or railroad companies to begin this pursuit.

The 35th Year (2008) inventory count yielded 146,197 images comprising The HARDCOAL CHRONICLES — an astoundingly large, but very deceptive number: It represents all images, in all four formats: 35mm slides and negatives, Medium and Large Format negatives and positives, both B&W and Color; and, most-recently, digital (despite its archival unreliability). Yes, it sounds like a lot of pictures, but that large number does not represent all different subjects all in unique views; instead it reflects the compounding of endless layers of scrutiny from locational (site) overviews all the way down to parts details and machine builder plates and ancillary aesthetics.

In addition, it was neither the intention nor realistic possibility that one self-funded photographer could cover the entirety of Anthracite visual issues, even during these waning years of landscape evidence. So, it was always with great relief that Scott saw periodic proof that other individuals and/or groups had preserved elements of Regional importance, freeing him from devoting very limited time and money to yet-another item on his list. Instead, he could then focus on long-ignored items and the neglected broader scope of Anthracite impact outside the Region. It is now estimated that the 40th Anniversary inventory after the year 2013
will exceed 162,500 cataloged images.


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