La Houillère de Westphalie I/II Ahlen
Naoya Hakateyama, Andreas Brüning
On June 30, 2000, almost 100 years of mining history came to an end in Ahlen with the closure of the Zeche Westfahlen.
Japanese artist Naoya Hatakeyama was commissioned by "Regionale 2004" to photograph in Ahlen from October 2003 until February the following year, documenting the sites and structures that were home to tens of thousands of workers for over a century.
The resulting photographs provide a valuable record of this once all-important industrial area, culminating in the demolition and razing of the entire site.
La Houillère de Westphalie I/II Ahlen is also available in Englis as Zeche Westfahlen I/II Ahlen.
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