There is this group of islands off the coast of northern Europe – roughly divided into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – where sometimes it is extremely beautiful and sometimes it is merely compelling in it’s bland ordinariness. At other times these islands are bleak and gritty and yet still other times they are mysterious and ancient. Here is a small sample of photobooks from those damp little islands:
Here comes everybody, Chris Killip’s Irish photographs – Chris Killip
TR820.5.I73 .K55 2009
Chris Killip’s images of Ireland from 1993 to 2005 which document the annual pilgrimages at Croagh Patrick and Maamean in the west of Ireland, as well as other places of ancient spirituality.
In Flagrante – Chris Killip
[Books on Books 4 – TR145 . K55 2008]
The original of this book is rather expensive and hard to come by – thank god for Eratta Editions. This is the landscape and the people of Thatcher’s ugly and vile era.
Josef Koudelka: Reconnaissance Wales
R TR647.K68 1998
Koudelka’s panoramic work depicting the dark, lyrical, and compelling Welsh landscape. Filled with beautiful imagery. I wish the cover was more interesting. . .
Bruce Davidson: England/Scotland 1960 – Bruce Davidson
3865211275 Steidl 2006
Bruce Davidson spent two month in 1960 recording the peoples and places of England and Scotland. This is the book of that experience which was finally released in 2006.
British Photography from the Thatcher years – Susan Kismaric
TR820.5.G7 .K57 1990
Catalogue from an exhibition that opened at MOMA, New York, on Valentine’s Day 1990 displaying documentary images of Britain under the regime of the ‘milk snatcher’.
Megaliths – Paul Caponigro
Ancient structures from 5000 years ago are to be found all over these mysterious islands (and they even extend over the English channel to those folks in Brittany).
The Donegal Pictures – Rachel Giese [with poems by Ciaran Carson]
A book of images of the everyday lives of villagers from an Ireland of long ago. These photographs are bathed in a sensual light.
Dublin, A portrait – Evelyn Hofer
TR790.I73 H64 1967
This is remarkable documentary work of a Dublin past. I especially love the beautiful image of the four sporting fellah’s from Phoenix Park on a Sunday.
LDN – Antony Cairns
Dark abstract images of a contemporary subterranean London printed on tracing paper. http://www.antony-cairns.co.uk/
Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight: The John Hinde Butlin’s Photographs – John Hinde.
TR820.5.G7 .H56 2003
Images filled with ‘fun’ from the leisure industry ‘holiday camps’ of mainstream Britain recorded in their heyday during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The Cost of Living – Martin Parr
TR820.5.G7 .P37 1989
This is a colourful look at the intricacies and complexities of British social life from the legendary documenter of the intricacies and complexities of British social life Martin Parr.