A spectacular showcase of vintage and contemporary photography of the North Sea, its coasts and people.
North Sea A Visual Anthology James Attlee is the author of four non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed Nocturne and Station to Station.
167 illustrations 28.5 x 24.0 cm 240pp hardback ISBN 978 0 500 544761 March ÂŁ32.00
Introduction by James Attlee The nations bordering the North Sea have always been engaged in a dialogue with water. The sea is the source of livelihoods as well as leisure, industry and relaxation. Holidaymakers are not the only ones drawn to the seaside: the currency of both painters and photographers is light, and under Northern skies the best light is often to be found where land joins water. In addition, coastal locations often give urban artists an opportunity to observe life in the raw. North Sea provides the overarching theme for this showcase of vintage and contemporary photography, accompanied by paintings and songs, poetry and prose by a diverse cast of artists, from Wordsworth and Keats to Bob Dylan and Radiohead. Its pages capture both the sublimity of nature and a cast of human subjects, whose lives are placed in perspective by the vastness of the sea. In spite of the changes wrought by history, the fascination of the frontier between land and water remains timeless, and these images stand as a striking testament to the relationship between the sea and the people who live and work alongside it.