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Northerners [Kindle Edition]

Sefton Samuels
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Over 200 evocative images by the iconic photographer of the north, Sefton Samuels, that capture the spirit, humour and character of the region

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The word 'northern' conjures plenty of stereotypical images; men in flat caps, cobbled streets, pies and rain. But beyond the clichés lies a region rich in its diversity, devilish in its humour and fertile in its culture, and it is these characteristics that iconic photographer Sefton Samuels has captured faithfully over four decades, and are compiled here in Northerners.



Described by the Guardian as 'the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach', Samuels shot legendary figures of northern life, from Alan Bennett to Morrissey, LS Lowry to George Best and Sir Ben Kingsley, but most famously and vividly he captured the realities of everyday life across the north.



With snatched shots of children cheekily mugging to his camera, pictures of the more grandiose members of society at the local hunt, photos of the bleaker side of life with the riots in Moss Side, and snaps of the young and fashionable posing as they hang around with nothing to do, Northerners reveals a photographer at one with his subject; and a region whose open character was meant to be captured through a lens.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15148 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091938937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091938932
  • ASIN: B0082B7BFG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #551,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you proud to be northern 3 Aug 2011
By MGSIan
Format:Paperback
This is an unusual and brilliant collection of images. Firstly, because the range - over subjects and time - is great, as Sefton Samuels has had his camera with him for very many years in all sorts of situation. Secondly, because the huge collection of images is presented in a no-nonsense way in a relatively small-format publication which feels as good as it looks and is a pleasure to return to. There are marvellous images of unknown people here, but there's also a surprising number of the famous and infamous, many of them snapped at a time when they were as yet unknown.

Don't miss out on this book - it won't take up much room on your shelves, and you will find yourself going back to it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's too small! 28 May 2012
By mogs
Format:Paperback
I was really excited about this book as it was for a friend who loves 1). Street photography and 2). Manchester! However, although the images are beautiful, I was really disappointed that the book was paperback (I should have read the description better), and also really small. A lot of the images go over two pages and this doesn't seem to do them justice. I've searched around for a larger, hardback version but it doesn't seem to exist.

In summary: beautiful photographs, disappointingly presented.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every picture tells a story...... 21 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
As a compulsive bookshop browser and especially a sucker for photo-journalism, I can heartily recommend this superb book as one of the most absorbing of its type I've ever seen. Only the '50 Years of Life Magazine' compendium I was given many years ago compares, but that dealt with a different nation in a different era. This book very much relates to my own roots - being a Mancunian - and I am very familiar with many of the locations in these beautifully observed black-and-white images. They cover the full range of the social, occupational, sport and entertainment spectrums, thereby creating a truly evocative `human canvas'. Samuels is obviously a master at putting his subjects at ease because there is not a hint of self-consciousness, nerves or resistance on anybody's face. Whether it's the child playing in the street, the elderly clog-maker at work or portraits of Busby, Scargill or Morrissey, you can lose yourself in many of these pictures with their fascinating detail and busy backgrounds.

Samuels is as much a chronicler of the North - and especially Salford and Manchester - as LS Lowry (here pictured at home in 1968) or John Cooper Clarke. Anybody who knows/loves the latter's classic `Beasley Street' can find the perfect accompanying images here. But it's not all despair and poverty, far from it. This is a region - and a photo collection - full of diversity, fun, personality and no short measure of proud achievement. Social photography doesn't come much richer than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cartier Bresson meets Chris Killip.

Harry Benson without the glitz.

Understated magnumesque images from a very British recent past.

Martin Parr without the grotesque colors.

The Britain Duffy, David Bailey and Donovan left out.

This book deserves to sell a lot and justify the publication of further work by this charming, sensitive photographer.

A must for any serious collection of photography books .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book 5 Sep 2011
By mike
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A wonderful book full of memories of days gone by!! As my wife comes from Lancashire, it is a pictorial reminder of how things were in the past .
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