"CWM Coke Works was a huge industrial coal coking factory situated on the outskirts of Beddau, in the Rhondda valleys. Built during the 1950’s and at one time a workplace to more than 1,500 individuals it has stood abandoned since its closure over a decade ago. As it awaits redevelopment, deserted, neglected interiors frame forsaken industrial equipment and traces of its former workers that bear witness to this once thriving industrial complex.
As nature continues to reclaim these industrial remains, the viewer is invited to contemplate the fragility of a space once constant human intervention becomes an absence. In a metaphorical sense, the images of these overgrown, dilapidated and closed off spaces represent a diminishing way of life for the communities of the South Wales valleys affected by the decline of the coal industry.”
Palast Photographie was founded in 2005 by Julien Manigand, still life photographer working in Paris, France. Thierry Peureux, retoucher, joined him in 2011. Together they develop their activity on product photography, working with high-end brands such as Baccarat, Roger Vivier or Hennessy.
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Emerson Cooper: Mending the Labyrinth , 2014
Emerson is quietly at work repairing the universe. No really its true. His story began many years ago after his black cat Roger spoke to him in a dream. Ever since Emerson has seen repair as his mission. Repurposing found images and objects from his flotsam archive he constructs his imaginary lost stories. Forever present are his favorite themes of looming disaster, unspoken injury, survival and transcendence. Emerson believes in everyday heroes, guardian spirits and the enduring after-life. Emerson Cooper works and lives in New York City.
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