These photos were taken in two types of spaces in Nord-Pas-de-Calais – abandoned miners houses and closed mines. French mine estates were planned to clung mining infrastructure, often trail lines were disconnecting estates from rest of the cities, it was taken care to put churches close to miners. Workers were meant to have as little reasons as possible to leave the mining company territory. Urban planning was reducing whole miners life to the mine. It was way of taking control, prevention against uprisings. Contradictory spaces of home and work (small – big, warm – cold, forgotten – remembered) were lasting in closed circuit.


Project was realised within collective photography project Black Faces of Europe focusing on mining industries of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Upper Silesia.

2014 – 2015



© Baltazar Fajto 2018