ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE CLOTH ISSUE
ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH AFFIXED TO FRONT
Cardiff and Manchester: Ffotogallery in association with Cornerhouse Publications, 1992.
Oblong 4to (234 × 282 mm), pp.. 4 black-and-white photographs within the text, 36 black-and-white photographs with thumbnails at the end. Text in English and French by Ian Walker. Plain endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine lettered in white, upper side lettered in black, vintage black-and-white gelatin silver print affixed to debossed panel on front cover; toning to page edges. Numbered, signed and dated by Davies in black ink to front free endpaper, additionally inscribed by Davies in Pencil. Fine.
First edition, one of 50 numbered copies bound in cloth with an original gelatin silver photograph affixed to the front board. Inscribed: ‘To Peter [Fraser] & Christie - Many happy years together / love John’.
Cross Currents comprises a series of rural and industrial landscapes made in each of the 12 countries that made the European Union in 1992. Davies began photographing in mainland Europe in 1984 with a commission in Berlin and the most recent photographs in this book were taken in Cork, Ireland in the summer of 1992. Collectively they portray Europe at the crossroads of a sustained period of urban and rural regeneration.
John Davies is one of the most significant British landscape photographers of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. He began photographing rural Britain in the mid-1970s, later stating: ‘I thought I was committing a political act in making pictures in which I wanted people to experience this respect for the land, a respect which people like Margaret Thatcher don’t seem to have. But I decided to get away from this Romantic landscape because I felt that those pictures were mostly appreciated by viewers who appreciate that sort of thing anyway’. In 1981 he began what would become an ongoing investigation and documentation of the legacy of industrialization on the industrial and post-industrial landscape of England’s towns and cities.
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