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An English Eye: The Photographs of James Ravilious Paperback – 14 Dec 2007


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: The Bardwell Press; Second edition (14 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905622147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905622146
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 20 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrated collection of photographs by leading British photographer of rural life.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Hobbs on 14 Jun. 2009
I love Ravilious's work and went to see the exhibition of his work in Bideford. They had this book on sale and it is the best £20 I have spent in a long while. Not only are the pictures fantastic the writing gives insight. If you are a photographer and ever say "there's nothing to take" this book is a must. You will not be disappointed if you buy it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Carl Wright on 1 April 2008
This book, I hope, will provide the reader with an introduction into the work of James Ravilious. He was a very important photographer who should be remembered and respected for his huge contribution to English landscape photography, and also recording the daily life of the smallholder in Devon. Yes, his work does have a romantic view of how people lived in rural England, and I suppose if you want to see a few more dead animals you should also look at the excellent work of Chris Chapman (somebody else who's work you don't see enough of in print). But for the simple day to day life of people living in close rural communities James Ravilious just does it for me every time.

One point that I think is important when looking at Mr Ravilious's work, is to look at how he constructs his photographs, they are not merely the recording of everyday events, they are works of art as well as the recording of events. This is what makes him a great photographer rather than just a good documentary maker.

I only wish he was alive today so he could continue and develop his work, I also wish more publishers would start printing quality books of his his photographs!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chef on 23 Mar. 2008
I was given this book some years ago and it is safe to say that it changed my life; I returned to photography and now run my own studio directly because this book by James Ravilious inspired me so much.

What is so unique about Ravilious's photographs of Devon is that they combine the lyricism of Cartier Bresson and the structure of Kertesz. In addition the photographs embody a certain English empathy that is more truly quintessential to this nation than many better known facets of this nation's character. The photographs are beautifully printed paying full respect to Ravilious's own special technique.

For anybody who wants to sit and look at truly beautiful, intimate photographs this is your book and for anybody who wants a key to the English psyche this is your book, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dominic on 22 Nov. 2010
James Ravilious' work is engaging and enchanting. His subjects seem at home with his presence to the point of complete clarity. There is a trust which makes the pictures ring of truth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 28 Oct. 2008
Wonderful book, the images are superbly printed and it is amazing value even in paperback ... Try and copy James' marvellous photography in you local countryside and be prepared for failure ... He was a Master, like his hero Edwin Smith - Much Respect to both these men (not forgetting Robin Whistler and Olive Cook - their wives).
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