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More than just another funny photo book.....,
This review is from: Welcome to Britain (Hardcover)
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At first glance you may be tempted to think this is one of those throwaway gift books that descend upon bookshops in the lead up to christmas every year. Usually those books are mocking or sarcastic with an agenda or air of schadenfreude
Kill those thoughts stone-dead and take the time to look deeper. This is, in fact, an absolutely charming and evocative visual document of everyday life in Britain today. I found the overall quality of photographs to be changeable at best but several shots actually moved me tremendously.
Remember that tipping point in American Beauty? Were you one of the people in the cinema who laughed at the dancing plastic bag or did you see the beauty? This book draws a similar line.
I've always been a fan of the imagery of industrial landscapes, urban decay and that slightly surreal atmosphere that exists below the surface of the mundane. "Welcome to Britain" celebrates all this and more.
From dogs to carparks, shopfronts to fry-ups, nothing is unfamiliar but maybe you haven't looked at it in the quite same way before.
Hundreds of photographs, some witty, many astounding, some poignant, presented in a small neat volume. There's a distinct air of the great William Eggleston and Martin Parr within these pages (both famous for photographing the "everyday").
I'd neither seen nor heard of the Caravan Gallery before but I'm certainly very glad to get the opportunity to see what I've been missing.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2009, 17:11:06 BST
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I'm amazed by some of the reviews that have been left for this brilliant book. People really don't get it do they? Rather than fill a book full of pictures of chocolate box villages and postcard sea-side resorts, take a look at the beauty and humour and love and LIFE in these everyday scenes. In 100 years time a book like this will be a valuable document of how people lived their lives in working class towns up and down the country.
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