John Gossage: Looking Up Ben James, A Fable: A Fable by John GossageJohn Gossage: Looking Up Ben James, A Fable: A Fable by John Gossage

John Gossage: Looking Up Ben James, A Fable: A Fable

By (artist)John Gossage

Hardcover | August 28, 2018

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"It is spring 2008 and my friend, photographer and book collector John Gossage is coming to the UK. We have planned to embark upon a minor road trip together. All John requests is that I drive and that we visit some 'typical Parr seaside locations'. No problem." --Martin Parr
Martin Parr and John Gossage's British coastal trip covered spots like Georgian Clifton (Bristol), Severn Bridge (Wales) and Caerau, the mining village near Cardiff where photographer Robert Frank had made his famous report and met the miner Ben James in 1953. The road took them further north to reach Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales, ending in Liverpool, Morecambe and smaller towns in the Lake District. The outcome are shots of street scenes, backyards, gardens, sceneries and very few people on the way, silent testimonies of small, unexpected details of everyday life in a world that is not visited by many, let alone photographed. As Parr concludes in his introductory text: "I am amazed that the collective vision of this volume is so familiar, but entirely alien. It restores my faith in photography to know that a mature and original photographer like John Gossage can see the things I just did not notice."
Title:John Gossage: Looking Up Ben James, A Fable: A FableFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:192 pages, 14.7 × 11.7 × 1 inShipping dimensions:14.7 × 11.7 × 1 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:SteidlLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3869305894

ISBN - 13:9783869305899