Walking New York 1961–1981 - John Benton-Harris

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Walking New York 1961–1981 -John Benton-Harris -  Café Royal Books

"I gave up on calling myself a photojournalist over twenty years ago, and even then I was over a decade late in doing so. For this practice is a long dead American one, and was never at all practised here in the UK, where magazines never ever treated the photographer as anything approaching their equal, only the word photojournalism got hijacked by newspaper people who staff them.

However I’ve always valued, and continue to value, the potency of the frozen moment when ordered and connected to others of equal significance by the maker/taker of those images. This means that any serious thoughtful seeing and extended visual commentary that I engaged in had to take place outside of the editorial establishment in both my native and resident culture. All that, put quite simply, has given my responses something extra."

  • 36 pages
  • printed in the UK
  • staple bound
  • 14cm x 20cm

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