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John Riddy Photographs

Our Read of the Month for March is selected by artist and Royal Academician Mali Morris:

"This beautifully designed and produced book is one of my treasures – it contains over a hundred photographs by John Riddy, which are contemplative, complex, calming and thought-provoking, all at the same time. I could look at them forever."

RRP £60 |  Special RA price £50

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Dimensions 32 x 2.7 x 29.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 252
SKU 12091239

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Product story

John Riddy’s photographs are distinguished by a combination of poetic delicacy and formal precision which has been evident since his earliest pictures made in London in the late 1980s. Working consistently in series, Riddy has created collective studies of urban architecture and rural landscapes in countries as disparate as Japan, Italy, South Africa and the United States, in every case exploiting the capacity for still images to render the everyday both factual and transcendent. The starting point for much of his work has been the relationship between photography and the history of art and architecture, such as John Ruskin’s autobiography, Hokusai’s woodblock prints and Gustave Le Gray’s photographs.

This book presents all of Riddy’s major series and, like a volume of collected poems, each image is distinct and of itself yet linked to its counterparts by technical skill and a finely tuned sensibility. The sequence of images builds progressively towards a final series of magisterial works that reveals Riddy’s subtle use of color, light and darkness to express his complex comprehension of the world.

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