Tom Hunter The Way Home

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Texts by: Michael Rosen u.a., Tom Hunter, Geoff Dyer Graphic Design: Ben Weaver English 2012, 200 Pages, 131 Ills. Hardcover 306mm x 258mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3456-1
| Tom Hunter takes a look behind London’s façades and shows us how life there really is

The meticulously composed, painterly tableaux of Tom Hunter (*1965 in Dorset) operate on various levels: for one, he references important paintings from art history; for another, he tells us stories of our time—stories that all take place in the London borough of Hackney, where Hunter lives. What is perhaps his best-known photograph is of a young woman in a setting that alludes to Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. However, Hunter’s photo portrays a Woman Reading a Possession Order—a neighbor from the squatter’s scene who has just received an eviction notice. The work attracted so such attention from the media that the eviction ultimately never took place.

With his eye for the unusual and exotic in everyday life, Hunter succeeds in capturing striking, remarkable snapshots of life in Great Britain today.

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