Who are the English? And what images spring to mind when you think of the English and England? Ask a tourist and they would probably say Big Ben, English ‘bobbies’, the London Eye or maybe even the Queen. Ask a Scot, Welshmen or Irishman and you may get a different answer. However, ask an Englishman (or woman) and you will probably get more intimate (and printable) answers …mowing the lawn, going down the pub or maybe braving the beach on a frigid summer’s day. Ask Chris Steele-Perkins and he’ll have a multitude of answers and what’s more, as an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Magnum photographer of 40 years standing he has the images to share. In his new book, Chris presents a sweeping, unique record of what he thinks makes England truly English. From Sunday cricket matches to snoozes in a deckchair; intimate family portraits to carefree children at play; circus shows with performing bears to the wilder performers of a street carnival; and from Saturday night dancing to race riots. Each picture tells a story of time and place and many of the images collected will strike a chord or a memory in the viewer. These natural and authentic photographs are a personal selection of the best and most important of Chris’s images that he has taken over 40 years of photographing in England. Some are drawn from books he has made on English themes, others from stories he has worked on, others from pictures of family and friends, from random events encountered. This book is an honest testament to this odd but magnificent country that is England, the England of the people.
available from Claire de Rouen books