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C. William Horrell

Born: 1918
Died: 1989

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Horrell lived in Southern Illinois, an area commonly known as Little Egypt. This area is known for its beautiful scenery and coal mines.

Biography: C. William Horrell was widely recognized as an outstanding social-documentary photographer. He began his teaching career at Southern Illinois University in 1949, where he was instrumental in establishing the Department of Cinema and Photography. During his lifetime, his photographs appeared in many major metropolitan newspapers and a variety of popular and specialty magazines, including ''Life, Pic, Youth'' and ''Friends''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

C. William Horrell on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Land between the rivers :
ISBN: 0809311194 OCLC: 9705375

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale ; 1982.

Southern Illinois coal :
ISBN: 0809313413 OCLC: 30399761

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : ©1995.

Horrell's photographs do much to capture the varied phenomena of twentieth-century coal mining technology: the awesome scale of surface mining machines and their impact on the land; the highly specialized equipment necessary in "low coal" mining; and the advent of continuous miners, machines that now dominate underground or "deep" mines and help define coal mining today.