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20.11.2012

 

Tom Hunter - The Way Home. Hackney, Ridley road, Brick Lane - A Look Behind London’s Façades. Surprising snapshots from Great Britain. Photo book and collector’s edition published by Hatje Cantz

The British photographer (*1965 in Dorset) first rose to fame with his portrait of a woman reading a possession order in front of a window. His inspiration was Jan Vermeer’s ‘Woman Holding a Balance’ from the 17th century. Just like the original piece by Vermeer, this was a commentary on working class people and their depiction, achieved through composition, colour and light effects.

The photographer, who graduated from the Royal College of Art, received the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Prize for this picture in 1998 and his work was subsequently included in the group show ‘Neurotic Realism’ at the renowned Saatchi Gallery just one year later. His photograph generated such a vast amount of media attention, that the woman in it was spared eviction after all.

Now Hatje Cantz has published a new photo book with 131 works from the last 25 years. And after reading the introduction on his website – who wouldn’t want to own this book?

Tom Hunter intently looks at political questions surrounding the legal situation of the British squatting scene. In his painterly tableaus he also constantly refers to historically significant paintings. His current work revolves around the Hackney area in East London, which was known as a problem area with high crime rates before the Olympic stadium was built there recently – and which the photographer used to call home for several years.

Hatje Cantz additionally offers two of Tom Hunter’s most popular images as a collector’s edition. Firstly the book cover photograph ‘Girl in the Bus’ from the Traveller series, which really put the artist on the international map in the late 1990s.

In ‘The Death of Coltelli’ a model in a plush bourgeois environment assumes the pose of one of the moribund concubines in Eugène Delacroix’s scandalous painting ‘Death of Sardanapalus’. Hunter’s version humorously counteracts the outrageous decadence and opulence of the original painting.

The National Gallery in London is currently showing a selection of his photographic work in line with the ‘Seduced by Art’ exhibition. The show looks at the relationship between historical paintings and photography from the 19th century until today. Tom also works as a professor of photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

And if you missed his book signing at the PARIS PHOTO fair last weekend, you still have a chance to meet the photographer in person – at the Photographers Gallery in London, Monday 26 November 6.30-8pm, Eranda Studio.


Tom Hunter - The Way Home
Texts by Geoff Dyer, Tom Hunter, Michael Rosen and others, design by Ben Weaver
English. 2012. 200 pages, 131 images.
25,90 x 30,70 cm. bound
ISBN 978-3-7757-3456-1
Hatje Cantz

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)

TOM HUNTER - THE WAY HOME (Hatje Cantz, 2012)