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Under the Influence: John Deakin, Photography and the Lure of Soho Hardcover – 7 Apr 2014


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Art/Books (7 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908970154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908970152
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 25.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautifully produced book testifies to a talent that still astonishes. Clapping it shut you will be struck by a powerful sense that when the glory days of Soho are remembered it will be largely through the dark-adapted eye of John Deakin. --Guardian

The images are a marvellous record of the Soho of the 50s and 60s a time when the area enjoyed a wealth of bohemianism and dissolution, its bars stuffed with dipsomaniac writers and artists like Dylan Thomas, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Bacon himself, all of whom Deakin photographed, along with the general riff-raff of Soho. --AnOther Magazine

If you ever want to know what the 1950s looked like, seek out his images. Deakin shot the bohemians of Soho the artists, the writers, the chancers and the drunks. He pinned them all to the page in images so sharp you could cut your eye on them. --Herald

The images are a marvellous record of the Soho of the 50s and 60s a time when the area enjoyed a wealth of bohemianism and dissolution, its bars stuffed with dipsomaniac writers and artists like Dylan Thomas, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and Bacon himself, all of whom Deakin photographed, along with the general riff-raff of Soho. --AnOther Magazine

If you ever want to know what the 1950s looked like, seek out his images. Deakin shot the bohemians of Soho the artists, the writers, the chancers and the drunks. He pinned them all to the page in images so sharp you could cut your eye on them. --Herald

About the Author

Robin Muir is a photographic curator and historian. A former picture editor for British Vogue, he is contributing editor to both the British and Russian editions of the magazine. He is author of numerous books on the history of photography, including David Bailey: Chasing Rainbows (2001), A Maverick Eye: The Street Photography of John Deakin (2002), Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion (2004), Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photography (2004) and Terence Donovan Fashion (2012).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 23 April 2014
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The book has a lovely selection of prints from the Photographer John Deakin as well as a fair amount of other material and biography. The book covers the same material as the exhibition at the Photographer's gallery in London (April 2014). A pity that many of the negatives and probably zillions of other images have (I assume) lost forever - what remains is still a wonderful snapshot of the period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By phil on 10 Jun 2014
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A real quality publication containing many super photos and information about Deakin. Essential for those interested in the Soho of yesteryear.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T Lewis on 30 July 2014
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Fab read.
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