Roger Tiley

Maerdy Colliery, Rhondda 1985 © Roger Tiley
Maerdy Colliery, Rhondda, 1985 © Roger Tiley

Over the past three decades, Roger Tiley has had work exhibited and published regularly in Europe and the USA and is the author of three books. He has worked on numerous major commissions, including photographing the Welsh descendants living in Pennsylvania and covering extensively the mining communities of West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

Tiley started his career in photography purely by accident, after being told to study an additional A Level at sixth form college. When he completed his course, he was successful in gaining employment as an industrial photographer for Lucas Industries, a large car component company. After spending four years there, he decided to specialise in the documentary genre, studying at the renowned School of Documentary Photography in Newport, under Magnum photographer, David Hurn. On completion of the course in 1984, Tiley worked for a number of national newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Observer. Much of his journalistic work was based on the year-long miners strike in 1984/85. This led to his first major long-term commission by Ffotogallery as part of The Valleys Project.

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