Once Upon a Time in Wales
For thirty-five years this extraordinary collection of photographs remained hidden from the world. Taken around 1971-1972, by young photographer Robert Haines, they record life in the Welsh valleys, in the village of Heolgerrig and nearby Merthyr Tydfil. Heolgerrig was a very close-knit community with Welsh the first language. It was a mining community where most of the men worked underground and life seemed to revolve around the pub and the chapel. Merthyr Tydfil, once the "Iron Capital" of the world, had a justifiable reputation as "tough" with characters such as hard man Melvin Webber, who died after being blasted by a shotgun, and "Mad" Malcolm, for whom no chemical substance was too strong.
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