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An aptly named book of 137 photos. The book's size, jacket and endpapers colour (olive green) are all nicely indicative of a field studies book from years ago. The photos of course are bang up to date and I could just imagine Stephen Gill getting rough prints and sticking them in a similar sized blank book, a sort of working reference and composition guide.

The eight sections are an interesting collection of what can be seen in everyday contemporary Britain though perhaps I should qualify that by adding that I think they are all taken in southern England. The sections are: folks listening to personal stereos (14) cash machines (5) ladies pushing shopping trolleys (15) sitting on a train (30) road works (25) gallery warders (11) the backs of street posters (24) and lastly, city strangers asking directions (13). All the people photos are very similar but visually benefit from changing backgrounds except for the thirty shots of passengers sitting on a train. Here, I thought, the photos are just too similar to make them all relevant, less than twenty would be adequate.

The best for me are the road works and the backs of posters. They are full of eye-catching detail and interest. The poster photos have a wonderful touch, they are captioned after the words on the front which we cannot see. Likewise the personal stereo photos are titled according to the tracks being listened to.

Overall an impressive photo collection but let down for me because of too many repetitive images in some sections though no doubt this is what a creative person's field study book might look like.

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