In the beginning was the chase

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The next of our Visiting Scholar 2018 reports is from José Luís Neves, Lecturer in Photography at Ulster University. In this report José shares with us his highlights from this summer’s visit to St Andrews – one of the photographic albums in the Library’s Special Collections.Read more

University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars Show and Tell Programme

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Back in March, we announced the names of this year’s University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars.… Read more

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

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

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

The Hidden Photobooks: Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue

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Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue

Eugene Richards

Aperture, New York 1994


“Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue”, Eugene Richards’ documentary of the problems facing the drug-flooded communities of East New York, North Philadelphia, and Brooklyn’s Red Hook Housing Project, was “The Wire” before “The Wire”

Presented here in stark black and white are the brutal poverty, the violence, the garbage, the narcotics, and those unfortunate enough to be in their thrall.… Read more

The Hidden Photobooks: The Maze

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The Maze

Donovan Wylie

Granta Books, London, 2004


IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands’ death, in 1981, was no less shocking for its inevitability.… Read more