Latest book on the shelf.
Ken Grant takes a semi-autobiographical look at Liverpool.
Hmmm. A very real portrait of a working class family. Photography? Very "random" - almost accidental photography. Even more chaotic than Nan Goldin's work.
Impact? It certainly shows a world where the life is hard and the day to day struggle is real. It's difficult to say that I was "impacted" by the work. I'm not sure if the work could be described as a parade of stereotypes, but I "Know" everyone in those images. The hardened drunk, the cold eyed women, the arrogant kids. Hands ingrained with poorly paid labour, dressed up for a Saturday night out.
When I see it, I'm reminded of "Get Carter" - without the violence, but 40 years on.
It also seems very out of its time. As I said, I'm left with a sixties feel, while all the copyrights are 2002? There's very little info on the times of the images, but 2002 and the style just seem out of sorts.
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.