The English Cathedral Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012
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'Peter Marlow's hymn to the formidable structures that dot our landscape' --Sunday Telegraph Seven Magazine
'the formality and the detail of the photos give this traditional pictorial subject matter a welcome new twist' --Martin Parr's Best Books of 2012
'causes us to reflect on the spiritual and architectural power of these magnificent buildings' --SAGA Magazine
'A thorough documentation of some unique and enduring architecture … This is a worthy and noble project.' --Amateur Photographer magazine
'marvelously uplifting' --The Field
'... a book to pass down through the generations, just as our forefathers left us their great cathedrals' --Friends of Ripon Cathedral website
Your comprehensive guide --Period Living magazine
About the Author
PETER MARLOW has been a member of the international photographers' collective Magnum Photos for more than 30 years. He has exhibited his work throughout Europe. MARTIN BARNES is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. JOHN GOODALL is Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine. His book The English Castle was published in 2011.
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The key to the book is the consistent view to the nave, this gives the book great cohesion and strength. It avoids a book of interesting photographs without a focus which would have diminished the power of the subject and the quality of the observation.
The pictures themselves are amazing - all shot in the same way for consistency: straight down the centre of the nave. There are also smaller photos from other angles and mini essays about each cathedral.
This is an excellent book to dip into, and a must-have for any architectural photographer, or just anyone who admires cathedrals.
In a way this mental image captures the essence of this intriguing book. As the years pass, fashions and technologies come and go, the English cathedral is arguably the nearest approximation to eternity humanity has contrived. Certainly the experience of entering these vaulted spaces lifts the heart and elevates the spirit, today just as it must have centuries ago when many of them were young.
Clearly Peter Marlow was responding to feelings such as this when he embarked on this project. The photographs are at the same time inspiring and purely descriptive, a difficult balance to achieve in a single photograph. Having leafed through the book I found myself attracted at first by the more interpretative photographs of his predecessors in the Introduction: Martin Hürlimann's picture of Wells (1950), Edwin Smith's Canterbury(1968). They are certainly inspiring and self-consciously "creative"; but against them, Marlow's interpretation is restrained, self-deprecatory and in some ways purer.
Part of me misses the people in these photographs.Read more ›
By focusing on the nave not only does Marlow achieve a simplicity and unity in his work, he brings the English cathedrals greatest asset to the fore. As most of England’s Anglican cathedrals are Gothic -- with notable exceptions such as St Pauls of course -- an examination of the nave showcases the thundering richness and length achieved by the medieval builder in England. The photographs of Winchester and Canterbury are for this reason breathtaking. Whether a lover of cathedrals or photography, or even simply an admirer of beautiful pictures, this is a book worth owning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful coffee table book. Each cathedral has a whole page photo of the nave, which will particularly appeal to architecture and heritage enthusiasts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by wobbly knees
A thoroughly decent book but hardly uplifting. The images are very competent but uninspired. To see how to do it properly study Frederick Evans - now that is real photography not... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. Gareth Williams
Bought this as a present but its not as good as the first edition which had a lager format. However still a good book for the specialist and the price was cheaper.Published 8 months ago by ll
Amazing photos. Need to read the "how I did it" section to appreciate the effort involved. Have visited many cathedrals and tried and failed to get photos half as good as... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book - beautiful photos in a large format - I would question some of the choices made for the direction of the photos taken with regards some cathedrals (is East to West... Read morePublished 15 months ago by 109110111
extraordinary pictorial review of England's cathedrals. Write-ups in rear of each interesting synopses.Published 23 months ago by Miss Chris