It’s been a long time coming, but the crowdfunding campaign for my new photobook is now LIVE!
Unreal City is a photographic conversation with The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot’s modernist poetic masterpiece, which many people consider to be the most important poem of the 20th century. Unreal City comprises around 85 black and white photographs which present London as if it were the waste land.
In Eliot’s poem, London is the “Unreal City” which forms the main environment in which many of the characters in the poem have their entrances and exits. The book reflects many of the themes of the poem: a feeling of alienation between individuals and their environment; people’s inability to connect to each other in meaningful ways; the cruel demands of the City; the failure of religion to provide comfort in this broken world; and the apparently unbridgeable divide between rich and poor.
The project has already attracted high profile endorsements in the form of Bernard O’Donoghue and Laura Noble. Bernard is Emeritus Professor of Medieval English and Modern Irish Poetry at Oxford University and an award winning Faber poet himself. Laura is a highly respected London gallerist, art collector and organiser of the FIX Photo Festival. Bernard and Laura have both written essays for the book. I myself have written an Introduction to the book as well as notes to most of the pictures. The book is being designed by a talented young designer called Claire Parsons Brown, and it will be launched at Bonhams in London (the international fine art auction house) in 2019. (In my last newsletter I’d said that the book would be launched today, but this date has obviously now shifted into next year, probably to November 2019.)
The captions of the pictures are taken from the poem, and I am extremely grateful to Faber and Faber and the Estate of T.S. Eliot for allowing me to use the text in this way.
I’m very pleased to say that 5% of the net profits of the project will be donated to Centrepoint, the charity for homeless young people in London.
Please visit the crowdfunding page and bag your future copy of the book — your support is critical!
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