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4.0 out of 5 stars evocative and respectful, 11 July 2013
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This review is from: Colin Jones; Grafters (Hardcover)
This is a selection of photos from the early sixties, through to the end of the century, by freelance photographer Colin Jones. His day job was as a professional dancer. The war meant that he never got much of an education, but ballet took him out of the East End and as a photographer he managed to apply a sympathetic eye to working class lives hard lived.

The book is basically just photos, a short introduction and some evocative excerpts, such as a poem by Douglas Dunn.

The cover photo is arguably the strongest image of the lot, but there are some other stunning images. Looking through the book is to travel back to a working class world that proved remarkably resilient to change. Wiry men lying flat as they pick ax coal from a narrow seam, streets climbing up from a dock full of cranes, quiet days in back to back terraces. The strength of the book is not really the images themselves, but the lost world of privation and hard physical graft that they portray.

I bought this on a whim, but I am glad I did, it is a decent collection that reminds us of the people who mined our coal and unloaded our ships, before mechanisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatness of Grafters, 7 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Colin Jones; Grafters (Hardcover)
The Grafters (i.e.hard workers) who are the subjects in this book are dockers, miners, shipyard workers and - astonishingly - ballet dancers. The author, Colin Jones, knows all about the hard graft it takes to be a ballet dancer, for he was a working class boy who, like Billy Elliott, won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School and became a principal dancer.He left the ballet in 1962 to become a freelance photographer and worked throughout the Sixties and Seventies for The Observer and The Sunday Times. This book shows you what life was really like in British heavy-duty industry in those decades,and takes you behind the scenes at Covent Garden to show just how much sweat it takes to put the artistry into dancing.
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Colin Jones; Grafters by Mark Haworth-Booth (Hardcover - 23 Sept. 2002)
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