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Fens in the UK: 3 book Set :- Farmed - Drained - Reclaimed

Hart, Paul

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Signed by the photographer
ISBN: 0
Publisher: Dewi Lewis
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All Three Books Signed by the Photographer.

Beautifully produced in these three books Hart uses tradional analogue processes and darkroom techniques to document and capture the very essence of Britains fen's. As Francis Hodgson says in his insightful introductory essay to Drained: ?Paul Hart is a photographer interested in the slow harvesting of hidden truth from the ordinary places that most of us pass by ? (his) placid, formally peaceful landscape is pregnant with stories that lurk in the mud or the mist.

FARMED
with an essay by Steven Brown

The Fens, a region of reclaimed marshland in eastern England, is one of the richest arable areas in the UK. Paul Hart has been photographing this landscape of agribusiness over the last six years. In FARMED he explores this wide-open environment, a linear landscape of straight lines and flat horizons, which is monoculture at it?s core. Hart?s narrative pinpoints the objects that remain when all that surrounds has been cleared by modern agricultural practice. He conveys nature?s vulnerability within this unsheltered and unprotected environment.Hart?s working method is in the vein of documentary, exploring our relationship to the landscape by highlighting elements that are so often overlooked. He employs the analogue process and traditional darkroom techniques, to convey something of the soulful in a landscape that is rarely considered. As Steven Brown says in his introductory essay: ?Hart?s photographs raise important questions about possession, ownership, mobility, stewardship, history, memory, perspective ? the list goes on. But none of these would matter much if the photographs were not, in their attention to the poetry of the place, earnest and moving.?

British photographer Paul Hart explores our relationship with the landscape in both a humanistic and socio-historical sense. His work has been exhibited widely at venues such as the Royal Academy of Art, The Photographers? Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, as well as at prestigious art fairs such as Paris Photo, AIPAD New York, and Photo London. He has received several major awards including the International Photography Awards (USA) and PX3 Prix de la Photographie (France) and his first book, Truncated (Dewi Lewis Publishing), received much critical acclaim. Hart regularly collaborates with Ilford Photo, and his work is often featured in international publications and the press. He is widely known as a leading traditional printmaker, making finely crafted silver gelatin prints.

Steven Brown is a photography critic and poet. He is coeditor of the fine art photography publishers 21st Editions in the USA and Edition Galerie Vevais in Germany. Brown currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where he is a fellow at Harvard?s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Cloth bound hardback, 295mm x 295mm
108 pages, 56 Duotone plates,
ISBN: 978-1-907893-97-1

DRAINED
INTRODUCED BY FRANCIS HODGSON

The Fens, a region of reclaimed marshland in eastern England, is one of the richest arable areas in the UK. It is a landscape of agribusiness that Paul Hart has been photographing for over eight years. In his new book, DRAINED, he continues the exploration of this wide-open environment which he began with FARMED, the first in a planned series of three books about the region. This is a linear landscape of straight lines and flat horizons, with monoculture at it?s core. Hart?s narrative pinpoints the objects that remain when all that surrounds has been cleared by modern agricultural practice. He conveys nature?s vulnerability within this unsheltered, unprotected environment.

Hart?s working method is in the vein of documentary, exploring our relationship to the landscape by highlighting elements that are so often overlooked. He employs the analogue process and traditional darkroom techniques, to convey something of the soulful in a landscape. As Francis Hodgson says in his insightful introductory essay: ?Paul Hart is a photographer interested in the slow harvesting of hidden truth from the ordinary places that most of us pass by ? (his) placid, formally peaceful landscape is pregnant with stories that lurk in the mud or the mist.

Hart explores our relationship with the landscape in both a humanistic and socio-historical sense. His work has been exhibited widely at venues such as the Royal Academy of Art, The Photographers? Gallery and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, as well as at prestigious art fairs such as Paris Photo, AIPAD New York, and Photo London. He has received several major awards including the International Photography Awards (USA) and PX3 Prix de la Photographie (France) His work is often featured in international publications and his two books, Truncated and Farmed (both published by Dewi Lewis), have received cosniderable critical acclaim. Hart regularly collaborates with Ilford Photo, and is widely known as a leading traditional printmaker, making finely crafted silver gelatin prints.

Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton. Highly respected as a writer and commentator on photography, he was previoulsy photography critic at the Financial Times, and Head of Photographs at Sotheby?s, London. Francis was a co-founder of the leading photography prize the Prix Pictet.

Clothbound hardback,295mm x 295mm
96 pages, 49 Duotone plates
ISBN: 978-1-911306-37-5

RECLAIMED
with an essay by Isabelle Bonnet

Paul Hart?s new book Reclaimed concludes his three-part series on The Fens in the UK. The first two books Farmed (2016) and Drained (2018) have received several international awards and considerable critical acclaim. In 2018 work from the series was awarded the inaugural Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize (Austria/UK) and in 2019 it was shortlisted for the Hariban Award (Japan).

The Fens, originally a region of low-lying marshland in the east of England, has been artificially drained over centuries to provide some of Britain?s most fertile agricultural land. It is a landscape of agribusiness with monoculture at it?s core, defined by human migration and long-term reclamation from the sea.

Paul Hart has photographed the area for over ten years. His narrative examines the complex interrelation between humanity and nature and raises important questions about human-altered topography and our occupation and stewardship of this land. By focusing on the often-overlooked elements in familiar vistas Hart?s aesthetics carry a documentary sensibility that allows the landscapes to define themselves. He works solely with the analogue process employing traditional darkroom practice to convey something of the soulful in a landscape that is rarely considered of aesthetic merit.

As the respected French curator and writer Isabelle Bonnet states in her insightful introductory essay; ?Hart?s landscapes create a dialogue between art and document, lyricism and storytelling, the sublime and the ordinary. Almost everywhere, rectilinear and regular shapes unfold, impeccably drawn furrows responding to rows of trees, industrial constructions and metal structures? No movement animates this nature morte, no bird awakens these low and heavy skies and endless horizons? Hart?s images take on a universal value: the battered and exhausted Fens resonate like a subtle metaphor for what humanity engenders and inflicts on itself.?

Paul Hart has exhibited internationally at galleries including The Austrian Cultural Forum London, The Royal Academy of Art, The Photographers? Gallery, The Royal Photographic Society and The Cultural Foundation ARCADE (Dijon, France), and at major art fairs including Paris Photo, Photo London and AIPAD New York. His work resides in many important collections including the V&A Museum, the Ivor Braka Collection, and the MoMA Library (USA).

Isabelle Bonnet is a photography art historian, writer and curator based in Paris. She is currently studying for a PhD at the Sorbonne. Before resuming her studies she worked for 25 years in fashion photography in Paris and New York. In 2019, she curated the exhibition Home Sweet Home for the Rencontres d?Arles and the Institut pour la Photographie of Lille, and is the author of the eponymous book published by Textuel.

Clothbound hardback, 295mm x 295mm
108 pages, 52 Duotone plates
ISBN: 978-1-911306-63-4