Documentary by Robert Haines, 2010, 59'
In the 70′s, in his hometown of Merthyr Tydﬁl and the nearby village of Heolgerrig, 19 year old photography student Robert Haines photographed his family, his friends, and sometimes just total strangers, capturing what he thought were ordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. Heolgerrig was a very close-knit community. Welsh was the ﬁrst language. It was a mining community, and most of the men worked underground.
Forty years later he rediscovered the box. Suddenly the people in the photographs didn’t seem so ordinary any more. Now everybody wanted to see the images. Dewi Lewis published a book of the images and several exhibitions followed. The story of the forgotten photographs became national news with features on television and in The Guardian and The Independent. The Independent story was their most popular story on their website for nearly two weeks.