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The Hebrideans [Hardcover]

Gus Wylie , Finlay Macleod
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10 Nov 2005
It consists of over 200 images taken by Gus over the last three decades, including a number from his most recent photographic essay on North and South Uist, as well as a completely new series of portraits and interiors. Described by Michael Russell as 'the best modern photographer of the Western Isles', Wylie's images capture the bleak beauty and remoteness of the islands. With an introductory essay by broadcaster and writer Finlay Macleod, a Lewisman whom Gus has known for many years and who has accompanied him on many of his expeditions across the islands The Hebrideans is a remarkable personal and intimate tribute to a landscape and people with whom Wylie has a deep empathy, and encapsulates with rare perception the unique character of the Hebridean spirit. A BBC Scotland documentary will follow Gus Wylies's work on this project.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (10 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841583642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841583648
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 26.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although born in Lowestoft, Gus Wylie's Scottish roots run deep, having been evacuated to Fife during the Second World War. A chance meeting with the great American photographer Paul Strand in 1972 kindled in him a desire to photograph the people and landscape of the Western Isles, which has never abated. Gus Wylie studied at the Royal College of Art and teaches at the London College of Fashion.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of fab photos 11 Feb 2014
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This book is well worth a look at the whole lot of fab photos which are in this book. I would definately recommend especially to someone who has a connection to the Outer Hebrides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of black and white photography 28 Sep 2011
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This is a wonderful book. The island lives it portrays are now largely part of history and the Hebrides today are more a part of the rest of the world. Tourism, modern communications and changing aspirations have changed things considerably. Gus Wylie captures some of what's been lost (and doubtless some of what many are happy to have left behind). All in all, the images in this book form a warm and affectionate portrait of the islanders. There's great subtlety, touches of humour, and sometimes poignancy too. From a more technical point of view, the photographer shows himself to be a real master of tone. His composing of images is consistently sure-handed too, and his ability to get his camera into people's lives is extraordinary. This book is a true classic.
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