A compelling social and cultural history of Britain since the Second World War, showing how photographers have depicted the country over the last seventy years.
Another Country offers a lively, vital rethinking of British documentary photography over the last seven decades. This collection includes a diverse range of photographers working in an exciting array of photographic and artistic modes, encompassing images from iconic reportage to photo-text pieces, from self-portraits to political photo-collages.
As Britain takes an increasingly significant place in the history of documentary photography, award-winning photography writer and critic Gerry Badger brings vital context and breadth to the conversation. Organized chronologically, each chapter spans a particular period of social and cultural history, focusing on the major photographers, figures, institutions, publications and galleries that shaped the photographic climate of their time, as well as the broader tastes of the era. Chapter-by-chapter picture sections present famous works alongside forgotten masterpieces, interspersed with focused commentaries on selected photographs by both Badger and a range of contributors. This multilayered approach provides a rich understanding of the evolution and sheer variety of British documentary photography.
With more than 160 photographers represented – including Bert Hardy, Lee Miller, Bill Brandt, Nigel Henderson, Don McCullin, Jane Bown, Yinka Shonibare, Maud Sulter, Nadav Kander, Tom Hunter, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Cold War Steve and many more – this book is a comprehensive overview of how photographers and photo-artists have depicted Britain and British society over the last seventy years.
Introduction • 1. The End of Empire: the Second World War and After • 2. Photographic Revival: the Swinging Sixties • 3. Politics and Photography: Documentary and Beyond • 4. Going Global: A Colour Revolution • 5. New Millennium: Photography and Digital Culture
About the Author
Gerry Badger is a writer, photographer, curator and critic. His previous publications include The Photobook: A History (vols 1–3) with Martin Parr, and The Genius of Photography, which accompanied a BBC television series. Martin Parr Foundation supports emerging, established and overlooked photographers who have made and continue to make work focused on Britain and Ireland’. https://www.martinparrfoundation.org/.
List of Contributors
Lydia Caston, Ekow Eshun, Claire Grafik, Hana Kaluznik, J. A. Mortram, Rianna Jade Parker, Simon Roberts, Lou Stoppard, Bindi Vora, Val Williams