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A Topical Times For These Times
Ken Grant

A Topical Times For These Times
Ken Grant
RRB Photobooks

176 pages
200 x 240 mm
ISBN 9780993232381




Since the 1980’s Ken Grant has photographed football culture in Liverpool, his home city. From youth games and local bar teams playing in district park leagues, to the weekly rituals of match days at Liverpool and Everton, he has photographed the sport – and the city’s relationship with it – in all its forms. Rarely going inside the stadia, he has instead photographed in the streets and bars outside, at the pitch sides and on buses across the city over decades. With football serving as a central thread in the working and social lives of his contemporaries, it has always been an element of Grant’s wider work about the city. This book brings together his pictures of the game, the land and the people who populate it. A Topical Times for these Times, taking its title from boys sports annuals and the football yearbooks that prospered and inspired in the 1970s and 80s, draws on the changing landscape of Liverpool as it negotiated success and tragedy, and as a new commercial era took hold. The book is a devoted appreciation of football in the city, the game itself and those who are part of each.


About the Artist
Ken Grant was born in Liverpool in 1967. Since the 1980s he has photographed his contemporaries in the city and engaged in sustained projects both in the UK and wider Europe. A monograph of the Liverpool pictures, The Close Season, was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing in 2002. He continues to work on long term projects. Ken Grant’s photographs are held in important collections of photography, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Folkwang Museum Essen and other international public and private collections. He is represented by the James Hyman Gallery, London.

About the Publisher

RRB Photobooks is a photobook seller and publisher based in Bristol UK. RRB Photobooks publishing arm was established in 2015. They mainly publish overlooked, forgotten and underappreciated British photographers of the 1970s and 80s.

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