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England, My England: A Magnum Photographer's Portrait of England [Hardcover]

Chris Steele-Perkins
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7 Oct 2009
Who are the English? And what images spring to mind when you think of the English and England? Ask a tourist and they would probably say Big Ben, English 'bobbies', the London Eye or maybe even the Queen. Ask a Scot, Welshmen or Irishman and you may get a different answer. However, ask an Englishman (or woman) and you will probably get more intimate (and printable) answers ...mowing the lawn, going down the pub or maybe braving the beach on a frigid summer's day. Ask Chris Steele-Perkins and he'll have a multitude of answers and what's more, as an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Magnum photographer of 40 years standing he has the images to share. In his new book, Chris presents a sweeping, unique record of what he thinks makes England truly English. From Sunday cricket matches to snoozes in a deckchair; intimate family portraits to carefree children at play; circus shows with performing bears to the wilder performers of a street carnival; and from Saturday night dancing to race riots. Each picture tells a story of time and place and many of the images collected will strike a chord or a memory in the viewer. These natural and authentic photographs are a personal selection of the best and most important of Chris's images that he has taken over 40 years of photographing in England. Some are drawn from books he has made on English themes, others from stories he has worked on, others from pictures of family and friends, from random events encountered. This book is an honest testament to this odd but magnificent country that is England, the England of the people.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Northumbria Press (7 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904794386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904794387
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 25.9 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Documentary approach that shows the English at work and at play over the last four decades. By turns gritty and evocative, it is a book one imagines that Orwell would have liked very much. --The Guardian, Photobooks of the Year 2009

The book contains some strong and touching images, and is very good on some key points in the difficult evolution of a multicultural nation. --British Journal of Photography

It captures the little triumphs and larger miseries of the lives of ordinary people - the poor and the upwardly mobile, the idle and the abandoned. --New Statesman

About the Author

Chris Steele-Perkins is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning, Magnum photographer whose assignments have taken him around the world. Born in Burma in 1947 he moved to England when he was two. His home country of England remains a constant source of inspiration. His books include;The Teds (1979), Beirut: The Frontline Story(1983),The Pleasure Principle (1989), Afghanistan (2000), Tokyo Love Hello (2007), Northern Exposures: A Magnum Photographer's Portrait of Rural Life in the North East of England(2007) and Fading Light: A Magnum Photographer's Portraits of Centenarians (2012).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great English Book 19 Nov 2009
This photography book by Chris Steele-Perkins collects some of the famous pictures from some of his previous books like 'The Teds' and 'Northern Exposures' as well as the rest of book being made up of a brilliant variety of new pictures, some personal, some not from the past 40 years.

I found the pictures to be of excellent quality and that they capture the moment of the times in perfect detail. There is an essence of English lifestyle and culture throughout this book that brings back fond memories from the past.

In all, it is a great book, which would make an excellent Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sense of humor 4 May 2010
I met Chris Steele-Perkins at a workshop in barcelona and got in touch with his style to work. I like his brilliant sense of humor, the compositions in his pictures are great, some photos - and stories behind - are really touching.
A Great book of a great Photographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant photography of England 27 Aug 2010
Some really funny, touching and unnerving images. I saw his exhibition in King's Place in London and decided to buy his book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All our warts and quirks 19 Nov 2011
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Don't buy this if you're expecting a flag waving celebration of all things English. This book focuses on the quirks and traits that are usually obvious to those viewing us from the perspective of other cultures whilst remaining invisible to ourselves. A nice reminder of who we are.
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