A Topical Times for These Times: A Book of Liverpool Photographs

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Since the 1980’s Ken Grant has made long term studies of the routines and rituals of football culture in Liverpool. From youth games and local bar teams playing in district park leagues, to the weekly rituals of match days at Liverpool and Everton, he has photographed the sport - and the city’s relationship with it - in all its forms. Rarely going inside the stadia, the work is made in the streets and bars outside, at the pitch sides and on buses across the city over decades. With football serving as a central thread in the working and social lives of his contemporaries, it has always been an element of Grant’s wider work about working class culture in the city. This book brings together his pictures of the game, the land and the people who populate it. A Topical Times for these Times, studies the changing landscape of Liverpool as it negotiated success and tragedy, and as a new commercial era took hold that brought an end to the districts supported by the presence of the sport. An essay by the writer Niall Griffiths and a short text by Ken Grant accompany the photographs. The book has been widely reviewed, with folios reproduced in international publications (including Guardian UK and Vice Magazine, France). The photographs have been exhibited in single person and group shows, in the UK (Liverpool), Europe (Lille, France) and at Pingyao photography festival, China.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherRRB Publishing
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)ISBN-13: 978-0993232381
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • photography
  • football
  • liverpool
  • working class culture
  • North of England
  • city planning
  • working class men
  • community

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