Beyond Caring (*signed*)

@ Graham, Paul

New

.Signed and non-signed copies IN STOCK.

Presentation by MACK:

" Originally self-published in 1985, Paul Graham's renowned series Beyond Caring was made in the waiting rooms and corridors of the Social Security and Unemployment offices around the UK, documenting the long waits, queues and poor conditions of an overburdened system, to produce a powerful series of photographs conveying the hardship people experienced. Denied official permission to make the work, Graham's photographs were taken discreetly, usually without looking through the camera, resulting in a spatial disorientation that emphasised the unmoored distress of vulnerable citizens.

The work shocked many on its release – leading Magnum photographers were outraged by its use of colour in a classic documentary topic, while others celebrated how it straddled the world of activism and art (it was exhibited at both Trade Union conferences and the Museum of Modern Art, New York). Graham forged a fresh form of engaged photography, mixing elements of social documentary, ‘new colour’ and reportage to create a striking body of work that endures to this day.

Many decades have passed since their making in 1984, but these images have grown not only in photographic importance, but also as a unique historic record of the mid-1980s unemployment crisis in the UK.

This edition of Beyond Caring is part of Graham's iconic 1980's trilogy of UK books being republished by MACK, which also includes A1 - The Great North Road (2020) and Troubled Land (Fall 2021). "

The first edition of this book mentioned above, self-published via Grey Editions in 1985, is listed in "The Photobook: A History volume II" by Martin Parr & Gerry Badger.

Texts in English only. We are offering signed and unsigned copies of this book. The signature of the artist appears on an additional image (not included in the non-signed copies) that is glued inside the back cover (see picture).

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

NB: On a side note, we are also offering signed & non-signed copies of the Mack  edition (2020 & 2021 reprint ) of Paul Graham's first book A1 - The Great North Road (original edition by Grey Editions, 1983).

84 pages - Linen hardcover

Mack, 2021

Format : 32.2 x 24.3 cm

*Signed*

New - Mint condition

$62.94

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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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