Mark Neville - Port Glasgow

  • Self-published, 2004.
  • First Edition.
  • Hardcover with printed dustjacket.
  • Listed in Parr / Badger, vol. 3, p134.

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Slight bump to bottom right corner, one crease to rear of jacket, top edge. Interior is clean and crisp, binding tight. little sign of use/reading.

In 2004 Neville spent a year as an artist in residence in Port Glasgow, the world centre for shipbuilding fifty years ago, now a town facing an industrial and economic decline. The result of this stay was a beautifully produced coffee table-style book conceived as a symbolic gift to the community. The book was uniquely delivered, free, to the eight thousand households in the Port by the members of the local Boys Football Club. In this way, rather than having a public artwork imposed upon them, the Portonians received a document of their lives and of their participation as both the hosts and protagonists of an artistic experiment

The eighty photographs in the book – taken with film cameras and using intricate lighting – range across a variety of photographic styles, bringing together the traditions of social documentary with those of fashion or editorial photography. Collectively they give the impression of something historically indeterminate and suggest that this creative testimony is as much founded in fact as it is a fiction.The rationale behind this was to escape the idea of a unified ‘authentic’ social documentary vision..Neville also employed other devices in order to try to disrupt the notion of a truthful social document, such as employing a fashion designer to make futuristic bonnets for use in some of the photoshoots.


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