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Another Country

British Documentary Photography Since 1945

Gerry Badger


Bringing together more than 250 images by more than 160 photographers, an expansive history of British documentary photography by renowned photo critic Gerry Badger

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Another Country offers a lively, vital rethinking of British documentary photography over the last seven decades. This collection includes a diverse range of photographers working in an exciting array of photographic and artistic modes, encompassing images from iconic reportage to photo-text pieces, from self-portraits to political photo-collages.

As Britain takes an increasingly significant place in the history of documentary photography, award-winning photography writer and critic Gerry Badger brings vital context and breadth to the conversation. Organized chronologically, each chapter spans a particular period of social and cultural history, focusing on the major photographers, figures, institutions, publications and galleries that shaped the photographic climate of their time, as well as the broader tastes of the era. Chapter-by-chapter picture sections present famous works alongside forgotten masterpieces, interspersed with focused commentaries on selected photographs by both Badger and a range of contributors. This multilayered approach provides a rich understanding of the evolution and sheer variety of British documentary photography.

With more than 160 photographers represented – including Bert Hardy, Lee Miller, Bill Brandt, Nigel Henderson, Don McCullin, Jane Bown, Yinka Shonibare, Maud Sulter, Nadav Kander, Tom Hunter, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Cold War Steve and many more – this book is a comprehensive overview of how photographers and photo-artists have depicted Britain and British society over the last seventy years.

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'In 'Another Country', Badger collates some of the most significant British documentary works, among them Howard Grey’s 1060s portraits of the Windrush generation arriving in Britain, Philip Jones Griffiths’ 1970s reportage of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and Martin Parr’s shots of holidaymakers at the seaside in Merseyside in the 1980s'
Sunday Times

'Extravagantly illustrated… Badger gives a clear account of the shifts in documentary photography as an art form in Britain from 1945 to the present days, but it is the social, cultural and political climate of each decade that has been the biggest impetus for change, and it is these important contexts that Badger conveys so concisely and well, showing how they helped to shape a new generation of documentary photographers, intent on recording life and death in a creative way'
The Art Newspaper

'A striking overview of how British society has been represented over the past seven decades'
Financial Times

'Curated by photographer, writer and critic Gerry Badger, the book seeks to find Britain through photography, rather than attaching images to a previously established narrative. This approach makes space for voices from every corner of society, and Badger invites James Barnor to detail the African diaspora’s experiences in London in the 1960s, Sunil Gupta to reveal the realities of the gay community in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and Sara Davidmann to narrate the lives of queer, transgender, and non-binary individuals in the early 00s. Photographers both inside and outside communities have important insights to make'
Another Magazine

'Badger knows this territory inside out. He is in some ways the best person to turn the complex artistic, commercial and institutional histories of British photography into a coffee-table precis. He knows which provincial gallery, fractious collective, short-lived magazine or maverick snapper mattered at any given moment'
Literary Review

'Lavishly illustrated'

'A fascinating and moving volume'
The Lady

'A lively rethinking of British documentary photography over the last seven decades'

'An important book … Gerry Badger has created an ontology of British photography that will feed a thousand conversations … An insightful guide to the multi-layered complexity that is the British photographic body … will be consulted by scholars for decades to come'
Alex Schneiderman, Black & White Photography

Amateur Photographer

'Hugely evocative ... a rich anthology of foggy streets, dingy but jolly pubs, teddy boys, swinging 1960s revellers, top-hatted stockbrokers and so on up to the present'
Martin Gayford, The Spectator

'Exhilarating... Those interested in documentary photo trends encompassing the UK and beyond will value this title'
Library Journal

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 29.5 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 19 May 2022

ISBN: 9780500022177

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The End of Empire: the Second World War and After • 2. Photographic Revival: the Swinging Sixties • 3. Politics and Photography: Documentary and Beyond • 4. Going Global: A Colour Revolution • 5. New Millennium: Photography and Digital Culture

About the Author

Gerry Badger is a writer, photographer, curator and critic. His previous publications include The Photobook: A History (vols 1–3) with Martin Parr, and The Genius of Photography, which accompanied a BBC television series. Martin Parr Foundation supports emerging, established and overlooked photographers who have made and continue to make work focused on Britain and Ireland’.

List of Contributors

Lydia Caston, Ekow Eshun, Clare Grafik, Hana Kaluznik, J. A. Mortram, Rianna Jade Parker, Simon Roberts, Lou Stoppard, Bindi Vora, Val Williams