Ken Grant -The Close Season
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- New, first edition, story by James Kelman
- Original cloth, 104 pp, 58 duotone photographs
- Published by Dewi Lewis, 2002
'No hidden agendas, no exploitation, just a short cut to knowing what it was like to be there.' Martin Parr. Rooted in autobiography, and made over a fifteen year period, Ken Grant's photographs offer us a unique insight into the Liverpool community in which he was born. As the buoyancy of Liverpool's industrial river-trades slips away into history, there are few guarantees for lives that are improvised and uncertain. Away from the defining nature of the workplace, Grant dwells on togetherness, and the intimate encounters of family life.
With eloquence and beauty, The Close Season bears witness to the tender urgencies of kinship and survival. Ken Grant is an associate member of the prestigious Network photo agency and a senior lecturer in Documentary Photography at University of Wales College, Newport. James Kelman is one of the UK's leading novelists and was the winner of the 1994 Booker Prize with his novel How Late It Was, How Late