The Hidden Photobooks: Moonage Daydream

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Moonage Daydream

Mick Rock

Cassell Illustrated, London, 2005


This is the last post in our short series.

Back in the early 70s, when David Bowie was evangelising the then virtually unknown (in the UK at least) Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, the photographer Mick Rock (yes, his given surname) was doing the exact same thing for Bowie himself.… Read more

Banned Books at the University of St Andrews

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This week, 24-30th September, celebrates Banned Books week. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration, launched in 1982 by the American Library Association, aimed at promoting the freedom to read.… Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: Paris by Night

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Paris by Night


Bullfinch Press, 2001


Brassai (real name Gyula Halász) was a Hungarian artist who moved to Paris in the mid-twenties, in his own mid-twenties, and taught himself French by reading Proust.… Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: Without Sanctuary

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Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

James Allen, Hilton Als, John Lewis, Leon F. Litwack

Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2000


Today would be William Faulkner’s 120th birthday, and anyone who knows me knows that he is my favourite writer by a long, long way.… Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: Venezia

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Gianni Berengo Gardin

Istituto superiore per la storia della fotografia, Palermo, 2006


As much as I cannot seem to commit this photographer’s name to memory, I love his work.… Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: To Walk in Beauty

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To Walk in Beauty: a Navajo Family’s Journey Home

Stacia Spragg-Braude

Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2009


The first time I saw this photobook I was reminded of Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol’s book “Sabine”, where a trip to Denmark to document a hunting community turned into a three year love affair.… Read more

Copyright ABCs – ‘The Art of Reading’

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This week Lizzie reports on an item discovered by the Lighting the Past team from within the ‘L’ section of the Copyright Deposit Collection.Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: Winterreise

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Luc Delahaye

Phaidon Press, London, 2003


Luc Delahaye’s extraordinary little book Winterreise, (or winter journey) deals in the same currencies of drugs, violence and utter poverty as Eugene Richards’ cocaine book, though here the location is a pre-millennial Russia, rendered in the consistently strange hues of a mostly un-natural light.… Read more

Library lightboxes

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You might have noticed that we’ve been sending some love to you through messages on the Library lightboxes. During summer, looked after by our student intern Alison, the lightboxes have been used to show our encouragement, support and a bit of fun.… Read more

Maths Week Scotland: Update

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Some happy visitors – Dr Isobel Falconer (School of Maths) , Ali Floyd (Science Communicator and Scottish Government’s Maths Week Scotland representative), Professor Ursula Martin (our first female professor, now of Oxford University) and Professor Malcolm Dunn (Physics).

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