From the back cover :
"Beyond Caring is a searing indictment of the conditions in social security and unemployment benefit offices across Britain.
Throughout 1984 and 1985 photographer Paul Graham visited the waiting rooms, corridors and cubicles of the Department of Health and Social Security and the Department of Employment, to document the squalor, all-day queues and inadequate service in this most vital section of the welfare state.
Each photograph, reproduced in full color, dramatically conveys the misery and sheer human waste endured by the many millions at the poorer end of our society. They build to form a unique document of the suffering and hardship caused under the current welfare benefits system, and give powerful voice to the argument for its compassionate reform."
This book includes a text titled "Beyond Caring" by Steven Coopers and Anne Hollows from the "Welfare Benefits Resources Network" that subsidized the project, and a text titled "State Benefits" by Paul Graham.
The copy we are offering is from the first edition by Grey Editions (1986) and it is signed by Paul Graham on the first free end page.
This book is listed in "The Photobook: A History volume II" by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger.
80 pages - Softcover
Grey Editions, 1986
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