Peter Mitchell - Strangely Familiar (Signed, special edition)

  • New, special edition of 40
  • Hardcover, 68 pp, 47 colour illustrations, 30.6 x 28.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Published by Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2013

'In 2014 I visited Peter Mitchell in Leeds. As we went through his files we came across a photograph of Francis, the Ghost Train Man. I had seen the picture before, in a lecture Peter gave in Bristol at the end of last year - it instantly became one of my favourite of Peter's images. When I asked him why it was not included in the book Peter thought that it had been, but when we checked, we found that somehow the Ghost Train Man did not make it to the final edit.' Rudi Thoemmes

In the 1970s, Mitchell was working as a truck driver in the English city of Leeds, and he photographed the city during his rounds. This work depicts the factories and small shop owners of Leeds, all photographed in a very formal manner with the aid of a stepladder. In 1979, the photographs were shown at Mitchell's one-person exhibition at Impressions Gallery in York; this was the first landmark color photography exhibition in the UK. The work was later included in the seminal exhibition 'How We Are: Photographing Britain' at Tate Britain in 2007.

Strangely Familiar presents 47 color plates, beautifully printed on matt paper and playing off of the artist's accompanying texts. The book opens with an introduction by Martin Parr.

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