ROBERTS, Simon. We English.

(London): Chris Boot Ltd., 2009. First edition. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. Introductory essay, The English Outdoors, by Stephen Daniels. Nice volume of large-format tableaux photographs of the English at leisure. The images explore the themes of identity, memory, and belonging. Ordinary people are captured engaged in diverse pastimes, which presents a populace whose profound attachment to its local environment and homeland makes for a distinct examination of nationhood. The notion of what it means to be English is demonstrated to exist on the surface of contemporary life, encapsulated by banal pastimes and everyday leisure activities. A very good copy in decorated boards, some light bumping, marking. This example signed by the photographer. At PhotoIreland Festival 2011 this title was selected by Martin Parr as one of the most important 30 photobook titles of the decade.


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