This Was Then (signed)

Mike Abrahams
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Mike Abrahams’ documentary photographs of Britain from three decades, finally collected for the first time in book form.

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This Was Then is the first career-spanning book by one of the UK’s most significant documentary photographers. Shot across Britain over three decades, in the years before and after Margaret Thatcher’s time in government, This Was Then brilliantly captures seemingly small moments of everyday life that tell a far bigger story of Britain during this time. Abrahams’ photographs demonstrate his unerring ability to capture “ordinary people living extraordinary lives”.

Mike became a photographer after working for the ambulance service in Liverpool. Entering some of the last occupied homes in condemned streets proved a revelation and he returned with his camera, and some of these first images appear in This Was Then. Asked once why he takes photographs in black and white, Mike Abrahams explained: “I grew up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 60s, a city in which to my eyes, colour was absent.”

Abrahams started his career as a freelance photographer in 1975 and has worked regularly on assignments for many British, European and American magazines. In 1981 he was a co-founder of Network Photographers, the Internationally renowned picture agency and his work has taken him all around the world. Mike received a World Press Photo Award for Daily Life 2000 and has produced major bodies of work all around the world. Previously he has published three monographs and he has been exhibited internationally.

Still War, his collection of photographs from Northern Ireland was described by Colin Jacobson of The Independent Magazine as “documentary photography at its best – imaginative, comprehensive, confident and concerned.” These are qualities true of all his work in This Was Then. From children playing in front of armed soldiers in Belfast to daily life continuing amid the tenements of Glasgow and the demolished terraces of Liverpool to a chuckling policeman leading a racist march through the streets of south London, This Was Then delivers an unmissable, alternative vision of British life in the late 20th century.

As he writes in his introduction to This Was Then: “I was not interested in the fact 

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Author / PhotographerMike Abrahams

30 x 24.5 cm

Stock & Delivery StatusNot yet available - taking advance orders
Signed CopyYes
No. of Pages160
Date Published2024