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Tom Hunter (Hatje Cantz) [Hardcover]

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1 May 2003 Hatje Cantz
The meticulously composed, painterly tableaux of Tom Hunter (*1965 in Dorset) operate on various levels: for one, he references important paintings from art history; for another, he tells us stories of our time stories that all take place in the London borough of Hackney, where Hunter lives. What is perhaps his best-known photograph is of a young woman in a setting that alludes to Vermeer s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. However, Hunter s photo portrays a Woman Reading a Possession Order a neighbor from the squatter s scene who has just received an eviction notice. The work attracted so such attention from the media that the eviction ultimately never took place. With his eye for the unusual and exotic in everyday life, Hunter succeeds in capturing striking, remarkable snapshots of life in Great Britain today.
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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3775712771
  • ISBN-13: 978-3775712774
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 23.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hunter The Way Home 7 Nov 2012
"In this book," writes Tom Hunter in the introduction to The Way Home, "I have set out many of the bodies of work I have created over the last twenty-five years while making my journey through the streets of Hackney, trying to make sense of this urban maze and find my way home." And: "While my subject has always been Hackney, the influences behind my art practice are found in the work of Johannes Vermeer, the Pre-Raphaelites and, latterly, a whole raft of art historical paintings." These words set the scene for the photographs in the book, an impressive range of work.

I would be tempted to point out more references than the classics - some of the wide-angle interiors reminded me of Chauncey Hare - but it is the classics, of course, which pull in one's attention, especially those so well known. Hunter's 1998 Woman Reading a Possession Order references Vermeer's 1657 Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, but there are some crucial differences. Starting with the title, Vermeer is not committing to anything, it's a letter. In contrast, Hunter has the woman (not girl) read a possession order. Vermeer literally pulls aside a curtain to allow us a glimpse of the private scene. Hunter's camera does not need to play this kind of game any longer. And crucially, in the foreground Vermeer's still life is replaced with a baby lying on a simple blanket, a baby basked in the strong light flowing in through the window. Hunter thus does not necessarily re-create the older piece of art. Instead, he produces a contemporary variant that not only takes into account the differences in the media, but that also takes a stance: The beautiful photograph shows a young mother learning she is going to be evicted from her home.

Mind you, not all of Hunter's work plays out these kinds of scenarios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 17 May 2013
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Really amazing pictures! Tom Hunter is a very talented photographer, and the book is very well printed. I was really excited when I received it. I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 29 Jan 2014
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This book is a stunning overview of Tom Hunter's intricate observations of British life. His photographs are pure art, they are both fascinating and inspiring.
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