‘A1 – The Great North Road’ by Paul Graham Re-published by MACK Books

A1 – The Great North Road was Paul Graham’s first book, published in 1983. Uniting the tradition of social documentary with the fresh approach of new colour, A1 – The Great North Road was transformative on photography in the UK and paved the way for a new generation of British colour photographers to emerge. Spanning the full length of England and into Edinburgh, Graham travelled repeatedly along the ‘Great North Road’ with a large format camera, to record the people, buildings, and landscape of early 1980’s Britain. Now 40 years old, this book is as much art as it is a historical document of the years of Margaret Thatcher’s government and the UK’s declining industrial base.

To coincide with the book’s republication, an exhibition of vintage prints from the series will be on show from October at Huxley-Parlour Gallery. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Originally self-published, MACK Books have published a new edition of the book which celebrates the seminal series. Click here for more information.

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