Aberfan | Remembrances of a Photojournalist. A Digital Exhibition

Date: 13/09/16 to the 29/10/16
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Continuous daily showings in the Keir Hardie Room (no showing on 21st October).

The Keir Hardie Room is occasionally used for functions. If travelling, please contact REDHOUSE first to ensure that the Keir Hardie Room will be open to the general public during the time of your planned visit.

In the week following the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, the young American photojournalist I.C. (Chuck) Rapoport set out on a journey from New York City to capture the aftermath for LIFE magazine.

Chuck arrived in Aberfan on 29th October, after most of the world’s press had already left and spent six weeks living in and observing the community. His iconic photographs record life in Aberfan during that period and are a remarkable and unique record of ‘The Days After’.

Chuck’s original selection of photographs for ‘The Days After’ was shown in a major exhibition at The National Library of Wales in 2005, with a book of the same title.

This new, digital exhibition includes the original images plus many additional, previously unseen images, together with Chuck’s narrated story of his emotive recollections – ‘Six Weeks in a Community of Survivors’.

Now a resident of Pacific Palisades, California, Chuck will attend the Opening Event at Redhouse on 12th September to launch this new show in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

Link to nearby parking facilities: Parking.

Aberfan Exhibition
Photographs above: I.C. (Chuck) Rapoport now and during the 1960s.


Aberfan IC Rapoport poster

This exhibition is sponsored by:

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North Glam Lodge


This project is managed by:

Suzanne Grover – who was born and brought up in Aberfan and attended Pantglas School.

Related events:

Opening Event: Monday 12th September 7pm – RedhouseTheatre

Launch of the Digital Exhibition on the large screen, with I.C. (Chuck) Rapoport presenting in person and an introduction by Professor Dai Smith.

A one off opportunity to hear Chuck’s remembrances at first hand.

This is a free event but seats are limited – register at Redhouse 01685 384111

Poetry Event: Monday 17th October 7pm – Redhouse Theatre

Aberfan Voices – poems by Tony Curtis & Grahame Davies in response to the I.C. Rapoport Images of 1966,

with another opportunity to see the Digital Exhibition on the large screen.

This is a free event but seats are limited – register at Redhouse 01685 384111

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