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John Blakemore

John Blakemore

Photographs 1955-2010

John Blakemore
Jane Fletcher

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
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Publisher synopsis: Recognised as a master photographer, a craftsman printer and as an inspirational teacher, Blakemore discovered photography in the 1950s following national service. He was initially influenced by the style of the photographers of Picture Post but at an early stage began to explore a more personal approach to photography, developing his unique and elegant photographic style in areas as diverse as still life, documentary, portraiture and Polaroid colour. He is particularly renowned for his richly detailed and nuanced still lifes and landscapes. Over recent years he has been making exquisite hand made books, working with both black & white and colour photographs, and has made an important contribution to the craft through the many workshops he has run. As a teacher he has influenced generations of photographers over a thirty year period of teaching at the University of Derby, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Photography, as well as at countless workshops both in the UK and abroad. Students and fellow photographers often acknowledge that Blakemore has 'enriched their lives beyond compare'.