The English

Ian Berry


Edition : First / Moscow / Planet Publishing / 1981 / Hardcover. / VG+ / VG+
Small 4to, Unpaginated (ca 120pp). Blue leatherette boards in dustwrapper. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in Russian.

Berry’s landmark project in a tough to track down russian printing. “After a decade of travelling and living in Africa and then Paris, Magnum photographer Ian Berry conceived of The English as a project that would enable him to both document and rediscover the country in which he was born and grew up. ‘It seemed like a good idea to do something on the English before my eyes got too jaded,’ Berry remembers whilst speaking to us about the project today. Returning to London in the mid-Sixties to become the first contract photographer for the Observer, he received a commission from the Whitechapel Gallery in 1972 to photograph the local area. His images capture the unique character of the East End and the diversity of its residents, both well-established and recent arrivals.” Magnum.

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