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."
Limited edition print run of 100 pieces
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Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing
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