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Stark Landscapes

Stark Landscapes

Between 1972 and 1981, photographer John Myers recorded everyday scenes in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Bringing these studies together, a new publication – entitled Looking at the Overlooked – follows a journey through suburbia, encountering shops, houses and landscapes without incident or human presence.

The images are devoid of storytelling or wider implied context, as the artist explains: “The ‘deadpan’ aspect of these photographs does not just refer to the way the images look, it also describes a way of encountering the world. My intention in these photographs was to acknowledge the refusal of this environment to offer a visual or narrative engagement.”

The volume – the second of three – is published by RRB Photobooks in January 2019. Find out more here. 

Credits:
1. Dual Carriageway, 1974 © John Myers /RRB Publishing. Looking at the Overlooked. Published 2019.
2. Television no 4, 1973 © John Myers /RRB Publishing. Looking at the Overlooked. Published 2019.
3. Multi-storey carpark, 1975 © John Myers /RRB Publishing. Looking at the Overlooked. Published 2019.