Jem Southam, The River Winter


Jem Southam, The River Winter


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Jem Southam, The River Winter

A key figure of British landscape photography Jem Southam (b. 1950) is known for his patient observations of single rural locations, over many months or even years. Working with a large-format camera that renders remarkable levels of detail, in The River Winter Southam traces the effects of changing seasons along the banks of the river Exe in Devon. Like historical pastoral paintings, his atmospheric photographs evoke a romantic sensibility that eludes the manic pace of our modern era. Accompanying Southams photographs is an essay by environmental writer and historian Richard Hamblyn that explores how, since the last ice age, winter has embedded itself into our cultural psyche. Hamblyn interweaves geographical, art historical and literary references alike.

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Text by Richard Hamblyn

96 pages
40 colour plates
Embossed clothbound hardcover

Publication date: November 2012

ISBN 9781907946288

Biography: Jem Southam (b. 1950) is a key figure in British landscape photography. He consistantly uses a large format camera to produce 8 x 10 inch negatives that record a high level of detail, from which C-type prints are made. When the pictures are enlarged from the negatives, they reveal an entrancing wealth of information. Southams work is included in many important collections including at the Rijksmuseum, Museum Folkwang, Essen, and the Yale Centre for British Art. He has had numerous solo shows, including at Tate St. Ives (2004) and The Victoria & Albert Museum (2006).

33 cm x 27.7 cm

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