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England Observed John Gay (1909-1999) by Andrew Sargent

England Observed John Gay (1909-1999)

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England Observed John Gay (1909-1999) by Andrew Sargent

John Gay was one of the most respected photographers of the mid-20th century but, unlike that of some of his contemporaries, his work is now largely overlooked. This important book, which includes 300 evocative photographs from the large collection of his work held by the National Monuments Record, marks the centenary of his birth in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1909 and coincides with two major exhibitions of his work being held in London. Gay's work is wide ranging yet returns to a number of key themes - animals and children, informal shots of ordinary people, rural life, modern architecture and London, especially his beloved Highgate and Hampstead, and characteristically uses light and shade to great effect. The insignificant object held a strong fascination for him and his gift for being unobtrusive imbues many of his images with a unique poignancy.


This book is a visual treat 'This book shows just how powerful a simple black and white image can be and provides a fascinating chronicle of British Life.
With stunning black and white images of England

's people, places and architecture, this nostalgic pictorial tribute will appeal to anyone with an interest in modern British history or an appreciation of Gay's impressive body of work'

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Publication date

20th November 2008


Andrew Sargent

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English Heritage


324 pages


Individual photographers
Photographs: collections



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