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The South Downs [Paperback]

David Dimbleby , Michael George


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Sep 2008
In the "South Downs", photographer Michael George presents a striking portrait of one of our best-loved landscapes. Beginning his quest in Eastbourne, where the Downs meet the sea in the promontory of Beachy Head, the photographer then travels over the Downs to where they enfold the fascinating county town of Lewes. He ends his journey at Brighton, the other great coastal resort encompassed by the Downs.By focussing on the South Downs as they were conceived in the eighteenth century - what many consider the apotheosis of classical bare chalk Downland in Sussex - Michael George is able to approach the heart of the mystery, and the magic, of the marvellous swathe of hills. He has succeeded in capturing on film a series of vivid and evocative images which, together with his uniquely informative and incisive commentary, make this an indispensable volume.David Dimbleby, in a foreword specially written for this beautiful new book, says: 'Michael George's photographs bring to life all the elements of this English paradise'.

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Michael George is the author of The Statue of Liberty. The Gardens of Ireland (Text by Patrick Bowe). New York Today. The South Downs: Travels Through White Cliff Country (Foreword by Denis Healey), and The Gardens of Spain (Text by Consuelo Martinez Correcher). He has been honoured with a retrospective exhibition of his photography by Olympus Corporation in Tokyo, and he has been awarded the distinction of Associate of The Royal Photographic Society. His work is represented in institutional, corporate, and private collections. He makes his home in East Sussex. David Dimbleby is chairman of the BBC's weekly Question Time. He presents other political programmes including general elections and Budgets. He is also a commentator on state occasions. He is the author of A Picture of Britain, a history of painting and landscape, and How We Built Britain. He lives with his family in East Sussex.

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