A1 - The Great North Road (*signed / not signed*)

@ Graham, Paul

New

.Copies of the 2021 reprint of the 2020 Mack edition of this book.

Presentation by Mack:

A1 - The Great North Road was Paul Graham's first book, published in 1983 [self-published via Grey Editions]. Despite the UK having a vibrant photographic scene at the time, there were only handful of monographic books - Chris Killip and Martin Parr had one each - and no dedicated publishers or distributors. Graham had to self-publish A1, but as the first colour book, it had a startling impact on British photography. Uniting the tradition of social documentary with the fresh approach of « new colour », A1 - The Great North Road was transformative on photography in the UK and paved the way for a new generation of British colour photographers to emerge, from Nick Waplington to Anna Fox, Richard Billingham to Tom Wood.

Spanning the full length of England and into Edinburgh, Graham travelled repeatedly along the 'Great North Road' with a large format camera, to record the people, buildings, and landscape of early 1980's Britain. Now 40 years old, this book is as much art as it is a historical document of the years of Margaret Thatcher's government and the UK’s declining industrial base.

Graham went on to complete Beyond Caring (Grey Editions, 1985) and Troubled Land (Grey Editions, 1986), both of which became iconic bodies of work. Originally self-published and now rare, Graham's 1980's trilogy of books will be re-published over the coming years by MACK, ending with a limited edition box set of all 3 volumes. "

Original 1983 foreword by Rupert Martin. Original 1983 afterword and second 2020 afterword by Paul Graham. Texts IN ENGLISH only. The first edition of this book is listed in "The Photobook: A History volume I" by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger.

We are offering signed and unsigned copies of the 2021 reprint of this 2020 Mack edition. The signature of the artist appears on an additional image (not included in the unsigned copies) that is glued inside the back cover (see picture).

PLEASE NOTE: Before adding the book to your cart, please make your selection (signed / unsigned) below the price.

NB: On a side note, we are also offering signed & non-signed copies of the 2021 Mack reprint of Paul Graham's second book Beyond Caring (original edition by Grey Editions, 1985).

96 pages - Linen hardcover

Mack, 2020 (reprint, 2021)

Format : 32.2 x 24.3 cm

*Signed / Not signed*

New - Mint condition

$62.94

  • Signed by the artist
  • Not signed

Graham, Paul

Paul Graham (born 1956) is an English fine-art and documentary photographer. His portraits and street scenes share a common subject matter, but also underly issues such as racial and social inequality, the texture of everyday life, and the nature of sight, perception, and photography itself. Photo: © self -portrait
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