Aug 26, 2021
Aug 26, 2021

Amalia Coal Mine, Essen

Amalia Coal Mine, Essen


René Burri

(Swiss, 1933–2014)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 17.4 x 26.7 cm (6 7/8 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 27.8 x 35.3 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

Gift of Joan Liftin 2021.149


Did you know?

In 1961, the Amalia mine was part of Germany’s past prosperity and its postwar recovery.


In Amalia Coal Mine, Essen, Swiss photographer René Burri conveys the arduous, hazardous nature of this ancient profession. This mine, which began operation in 1850, became part of the Krupp Group in 1927, joining a conglomerate whose industries included armaments factories that supplied German armies in both World Wars. Just five years after Burri took this picture, the mine was closed.

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Gift of Joan Liftin

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