Loose Footing

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In this extended essay on photography, work and working class culture in Britain, Ken Grant appraises the role of immersion and familiarity when recording work, with particular reference to the work of British photographer Paul Reas. In an examination that looks at the trajectory or photographing work across Reas's career, the research draws on historical references of worker photographer movements in Germany in the early 20th century and examines the subjective narratives of later photographers, including Chauncey Hare, Peter Mitchell and a number of others key practitioners. The research is one of four research essays to underpin the monograph of Paul Reas's photographs. Other authors include Professor Val Williams, Professor David Chandler and Stuart Cosgrove.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaul Reas: Photographs
PublisherStuart Smith
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Nov 2018


  • photography
  • working class culture
  • North of England
  • photography and work
  • Photobook


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