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This review is from: The New Gypsies (Hardcover)
I'm currently engaged in a project photographing the Romani community in Serbia so I'm interested in any other photographers work and approach in the same broad area - even though the context is actually radically different. In the main this is a collection of fine portraits of striking characters largely against plain backgrounds - some against blue canvas sheeting - in the broad style of Avedon's In the American West - but much more sympathetic in tone and style. There's actually relatively little of the context of the travellers' lives - little of the narrative I personally would have liked.The ones that are in the book are very powerful - so perhaps it's just been a matter of culling the numbers to fit in with publishing criteria. So personally I'm not at all sure about Val Williams' assessment in a concluding appreciative essay at the end of the book where she says that the photography 'combines all the sublimity of fashion photography with the enquiring edge of documentary'. Nevertheless this is a fine book and I can see why Iain McKell has been so enthralled with these remarkable characters.