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.
Condition of the copy :
- This book is overall in really great condition, but unfortunately shows an oblique fold across the lower right corner of the front cover (length 9.5 cm - see image). The cover remains flat, but there are wrinkles along that straight fold (although there is no loss of material to the cover surface). This defect is only to the cover, it does not affect the pages.
- Other minor defects (see images) are a tiny nick to the upper edge of the front cover (5 mm along the edge, no denting), and another even smaller nick to the free (left) side of the back cover. These defects are only to the cover, they do not affect the pages.
- Other than the above mentions, the covers are near mint, with sharp edges and corners (slightest rubbing to the upper right corner of the front cover). The inside pages are perfect : no fold, tear, smudge, inscription or other defect. Binding is perfect.
80 pages - Softcover
Grey Editions, 1986
2nd hand - See condition above
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