Children of Clabe Hicks, miner, Ten people, two adults and eight children live in a four room house for which they pay $11 monthly, plus $1 monthly for water and $2 monthly for electricity, 08/27/1946 (NARA)
A coal miner and his family. African Americans were recruited and imported from across the country to help address the shortage of miners in central Appalachia. Many came from deep south Alabama where they were experienced in coal mining but most came inexperienced off the farms of the upper south. The N&W and other railroads that crossed Virginia and the Carolina’s were major conduits. Though most were lured with promises of good jobs and high wages, many were shanghaied.
Yesterday I spent the morning and afternoon with the very talented Alan Johnston. Alan is a bluegrass musician and a photographer living in Premiere, W.Va., just outside of Welch. I filmed Alen playing music and taking photographs in the Northfork area. He is on a mission to capture his county in photographs and has so far covered about 20 communities. Alan spoke alot about the role of faith and God in his upbringing and says that “home is where the heart is” and McDowell County is where his heart is.
A fellow colleague sent me this French web documentary “Le corps incarcéré," which translates as "The Corps imprisoned." It appears that the interactivity lies within controlling the timeline of 15-minute documentary. The film is mainly made up of audio and photographs.
"In a story built on the testimony of four former detainees, incarcerated Corps accepts the different stages of a prison and its impact on the body of prisoners.
The story, broken down into five steps (search, the body of another illness, the recovery and release) is based on an audio tape containing excerpts from interviews.”
The web documentary was the winner of Franc 24 and RFI. Read more here