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No Such Thing As Society
David Alan Mellor

No Such Thing As Society David Alan Mellor

No Such Thing As Society David Alan MellorNo Such Thing As Society
David Alan Mellor
British Council


168 pages
213 x 231 mm
ISBN 1853322652


The early 1970s saw the emergence of new and independent approaches to documentary photography, which focused on social realism. The leading exponent, Tony Ray-Jones, captured the comedies of social class and the absurdities of human behaviour within the constraints of British culture. By the end of the 1970s, the status of photography within the artistic context had been established. Motifs of intense political dissatisfaction spread across the urban vistas of Ian Dobbie, while Philip Jones-Griffith and Paul Graham employed more conventional forms of photojournalism of urban conflict in the North of Ireland and the streets of South London.The human costs of de-industrialisation and globalisation were the great central themes of the documentary photographers active in the North of England in the late 1970s and 1980s. The social disasters captured in Chris Killip’s work extended into the darkly-coloured, claustrophobic interiors of DHSS offices photographed by Paul Graham, and Martin Parr’s lividly coloured documents of holiday makers in New Brighton, Liverpool.

Keith Arnatt, John Benton Harris, Ian Berry, Derek Boshier, Victor Burgin, Vanley Burke, David Butterworth, David Chadwick, Tarik Chawdry, John Davies, Ian Dobbie, Peter Fraser, Gilbert & George, Paul Graham, Brian Griffin, Christine Hobbeheydar, Cragie Horsfield, Alexis Hunter, Phillip Jones-Griffiths, Chris Killip, Bob Long, Markéta Luskacová, Ron McCormick, Peter Marlow, Daniel Meadows, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, Tish Murtha, Martin Parr, Gilles Peress, Tony Ray-Jones, Jurgen Schadeberg, Graham Smith, Chris Steele-Perkins, Homer Sykes, Paul Trevor.

About the Author
David Alan Mellor is a British curator, professor and writer. He has been awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s J. Dudley Johnston Award and Education Award.

About the Publisher
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

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