So exotic, so homemade: Surrealism, Englishness and documentary photography

So exotic, so homemade: Surrealism, Englishness and documentary photography

by Ian Walker


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In his previous book City Gorged with Dreams (2002), Ian Walker challenged established ideas about Surrealist photography by emphasising the key role played by documentary photographs in Parisian Surrealism. Now Walker turns his attention to the arrival of Surrealism in England in 1936. Examining for the first time the surprising relationship between Surrealism and English documentary photography and film, the book shows that some of the most interesting work of the period was made in the ambiguous spaces between them.

One of the key themes in this book is the relationship between the 'homely' and the 'exotic', in the innovative mix of poetry and ethnography in Mass-Observation for example, or the shadowed England constructed in the work of Bill Brandt.

Based on extensive archival research, interviews and visits to sites where the photographs were made, this book is rich in detailed analysis yet written in an accessible and often witty style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719073403
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2008
Series: The Critical Image
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ian Walker is Reader in the History of Photography at the University of Wales, Newport

Table of Contents

List of figures



1. Paul Nash - the genius of the place

2. Seaside Surrealism - Nash in Swanage

3. The Comic Sublime - Eileen Agar at Ploumanac'h

4. The Road is wider - Penrose and Miller in the Balkans

5. 'Subjective Cameras' - Humphrey Jennings and Mass-Observation

6. Up North - Spender, Trevelyan and Brandt

7. Revenge on culture - the Surrealism of the Blitz

8. The street and the beach



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