Vulcan’s Forge by Janine Wiedel

Originally shown at The Photographers’ Gallery in 1979, the exhibition garnered critical acclaim, solidifying the work as one of the most important of its generation. Bluecoat Press is proud to be publishing this incredibly significant project as a 150-page photobook, beautifully printed and bound.

Janine Wiedel is an internationally important documentary photographer whose work spans over five decades. Tutored by Ansel Adams and Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, she photographed the Black Power movement in the late 1960s and Berkeley People’s Park protest and riots of 1969. Arriving in England in 1970, she embarked on a continuous series of long-term projects including five years documenting Irish travellers. Her later work includes the Greenham Common Women’s Camp, the multicultural community squat in St Agnes Place, London, and the BAME and Rastafarian communities in Brixton. Her latest work includes six months photographing in the Calais ‘Jungle’ and Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk. Always politically committed, Janine’s outstanding work is in the best traditions of humanist photography.

In 1977, Janine Wiedel set out in her VW campervan to photograph industry in England’s West Midlands – once the heart of the Industrial Revolution. A region that was home to thousands of businesses – from potteries and jewellers to coal mines, steel and iron works – was in steep decline; underinvestment over many decades in both premises and machinery had created a depressing situation where once world-leading businesses were no longer competitive internationally and facing a grim future.

Year: 2023
Pubisher: Bluecoat Press
ISBN: 978-1-9169054-5-0
Printer: MAS, Matbaa
Printing: Duo-tone
Binding: Case Bound Hardback
Size: 240x295mm
Pages: 254
Images: 350+

→ Available to purchase here

Launched at The Photographers Gallery — 25th April 2024

In the press:
→ The Guardian
→ Creative Review→ Creative BOOOOOOM