RRB Photobooks is delighted to present Peter Mitchell’s Early Sunday Morning. The book is made up of over 90 largely unpublished images, each one selected from a cache of five hundred negatives which have sat unseen for over 30 years.
Early Sunday Morning, edited and sequenced by John Myers, shows a different Leeds to Mitchell’s earlier publications. It is neither the sombre look at destruction seen in Memento Mori, nor the detached view of ‘the man from mars’ of A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission, but a more intimate document of Mitchell’s own Leeds.
The book reveals the layers of the city’s history, exposed by the changes to the urban landscape that epitomised the 1970s and 80s. Hundred-year-old terraces and cobbled streets sit flanked by concrete flats, with newly cleared ground to either side are presented with Mitchell’s typical graphic framing.
Early Sunday Morning is available in an edition of 1500, including 100 copies with signed and limited pigment print. The book is due for publication on 1st June 2020.
“It is as if Peter Mitchell has taken the atmosphere and mood of Edward Hopper’s famous painting and established it as a matter of documentary fact in the north of England at a moment when collapse can lead to further desolation or possible renewal. So these beautiful pictures are drily drenched in history – social, economic and photographic.” - Geoff Dyer
"It is a beautifully presented book. At first I rather wanted more information, an introduction, a personal explanation perhaps, ( and I did look what I could find on Google), but then , without that, you look harder at the photographs themselves, as if at a painting, and accept the whole as a work of Art, rather than a documentary about parts of Leeds in the 70s,- and that is more rewarding. There is a poignancy about run-down, lived-in and loved places going out of date and being demolished, the starkness of what is left, but it does throw up some wonderful juxtapositions and colourful unlikely shapes and jumbles, which Peter Mitchell is so good at capturing."