Battle of Orgreave, South Yorkshire, 1984

Regular price £100.00 Sale

McPhee covered the miners’ strikes of 1984-5 extensively for the Guardian. In June 1984 the National Union of Miners organised a mass picket of the coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire. This image of a miner wearing a toy police hat while ‘inspecting’ the line of policemen guarding the plant has become one of the enduring images from that period.

McPhee recalls: "Having driven over from Manchester, I missed being corralled into a pen the police had provided for the press. So I
joined the pickets and just wandered in with them and got the picture. Then I saw 30 horses galloping at me. It was like being at the
wrong end of the Charge of the Light Brigade. I didn't stop to take any more pictures - I just legged it."

Specifications
  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces
  • Supplied with GNM Archive certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance
  • Hand Printed in the UK, Global shipping available
  • Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing
  • Presented on premium Baryta photographic paper
  • A pure white, Baryta-based paper with excellent black density, contrast and reproduction of detail, with a pearl textured coating enhancing the detail and definition of the image