The coal mines were the most important source of income for many families in Belgium over generations. They attracted many people from different countries and have been decisive for the socio-economic, cultural and demographic situation in the mining areas of Belgium.

Even though the coal mines closed over 26 years ago, their traces are seen and felt everywhere. The memories remain alive. Many people living in these areas have a bond with the mines. There is always a family member or relative who has worked there.

This work presents portraits of former miners. They are a most amazing part of the history that I wanted to capture, as a miner's son myself. It is a tribute to the sons, brothers and fathers who risked their lives in the mines in their search for a better life.