A1 - The Great North Road (*signed*)

@ Graham, Paul

978-191233994-5

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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 Now 40 years old, this book is as much art as it is a historical document of the years of Margaret Thatcher's government and the UK’s declining industrial base.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.

Signed copies: the signed edition includes an extra image plate signed by the artist and glued into the inside back cover. (see picture).

NB: The first edition of this book is listed in "The Photobook: A History volume I" by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger.

96 pages - Linen hardcover

Mack, 2020

Format : 32.2 x 24.3 cm

*Signed*

New - Mint condition

$53.01

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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