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Importance of Elsewhere : Philip Larkin's Photographs (Hardcover) (Richard Bradford)

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Philip Larkin was a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. Publishing ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of the poet's death in December 2015,The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin's photographic work, divided into short thematic chapters arranged in chronological order.

Written by Richard Bradford, the acclaimed author of the Larkin biography First Boredom, Then Fear, the book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writer and indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and empty churches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother and his literary peers.

Authorised by the Larkin Estate, the book beautifully reproduces around 150 images from over 1,500 held by the Larkin archive at Hull: the great majority have never previously been seen in print. A substantial foreword by Mark Haworth-Booth, formerly curator of photography at the V&A and a poet in his own right, explores what it meant to be a serious amateur photographer of Larkin's generation.

Larkin was a talented photographer and the archive is effectively his illustrated life. Together with Larkin's literary works and his letters, these images make up the third, so far unseen, constituent of the material upon which our future perceptions of him will be based.

Philip Larkin was a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. Publishing ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of the poet's death in December 2015,The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin's photographic work, divided into short thematicchapters arranged in chronological order.

Written by Richard Bradford, the acclaimed author of the Larkin biography First Boredom, Then Fear, the book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writerand indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and emptychurches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother andhis literary peers.

Authorised by the Larkin Estate, the book beautifully reproduces around 150 images from over 1500 held by the Larkin archive at Hull: the great majority have neverpreviously been seen in print. A substantial foreword by Mark Haworth-Booth, formerly curator of photography at the V&A and a poet in his own right, explores what itmeant to be a serious amateur photographer of Larkin's generation.

Larkin was a talented photographer and the archive is effectively his illustrated life. Together with Larkin's literary works and his letters, these images make up thethird, so far unseen, constituent of the material upon which our future perceptions of him will be based.

Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Poetry, Biography + Autobiography, Photography
Sub-Genre: English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh, Literary, Individual Photographer
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
Author: Richard Bradford
Language: English
Street Date: October 26, 2015
TCIN: 23999500
UPC: 9780711236318
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7952
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