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James Ravilious: A Life Hardcover – 2 Nov 2017
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"These two books complement each other: The Recent Past displays beautifully reproduced photographs by Ravilious, while his widow's biography is a moving tribute which details the technical as well as aesthetic side of his work. Other photographers have followed his style and methods, but he remains the master." -- Richard Emeny, The Spectator
"Vivid scenes that seem to come from a bygone age... A unique record or rural intimacy. The Recent Past gathers together around 80 of his Devon photographs, and they portray a rural life with an intimacy that probably only someone who lived among the subjects of his pictures could achieve. James Raviliuos: A Life is a very fine biography by his widow, Robin Ravilious. -- Simon O'Hagan, The I.paper
"Ravilious succeeded triumphantly...he was able to record life there as it was, unposed and unconsciousness, capturing its sense of community, its humour, its hardships and eccentricities. The photography book is a glowing record of rural life in that place at that time. The biography is a moving book, lyrically written, a portrait of an artist and a marriage, but also a meditation on the creative impulse and the artistic temperament. -- Richard Hopton, Country Life
"Ravilious’s dedication and love for his subject are apparent throughout. He takes us into blizzards, snowdrifts, hunts, christenings and village fairs. However, the most intimate pictures are those of everyday rural life. His clever framing and beautiful use of light make these images of the mundane seem anything but. The Recent Past is both a historic document and an artistic triumph. Ravilious remains one of the UK’s most important rural photographers." -- Caught by the River
About the Author
Robin Ravilious was closely involved in James's work from the start, often travelling with him, and working on his books and exhibitions. She shared his love of country life, and understood what inspired him. She has drawn a picture of an engaging, eccentric, and gifted man whose warmth and enthusiasm made him friends wherever he went. She is the daughter of the glass engraver Laurence Whistler. She was educated at Oxford and worked closely with James. She has written and illustrated children's books.
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