John Tregoning

 

London, UK

About

Solidarity

My Final Major Project at University, and it centred around a very key moment in our history. In 1984 a worker’s strike occurred that would define our nation. Unions were smashed, leaders became icons for their role, and beneath all the top level political strife many minority rights groups found their voice amongst the masses. Through visual documentation of the groups that rallied around the miners in 1985 I hope to shine a light on the very nature of opposition and oppression. Why did these groups come together? How did they? Was anything ultimately achieved by this beyond the immediate goal of keeping pits open? Thatcher and the Conservative government as a whole set out to break the unions, but a sense of commonality sought to hit back.

An 86 page zine. Documenting the strike wasn't like today, not everybody has a smartphone, so the people relied on photographers and journalists. The imagery sits as a backdrops for the people's stories of the strike and their role in it. Orgreave and small Sheffield streets give frame to interviews with prominent figures such as Mike Jackson of the LGSM. The stories within a story theme sets the general feel of the book. Here follows a selection of spreads.

The LGSM, Labour Women's groups, and countless other otherwise disconnected organisations came together to rally with the Mining communities, all with a singular mind that those currently on the receiving end of Government policy are victims of a force that could readily turn back on them at any moment, and solidarity is the only way to survive.

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