Peter Mitchell – Nothing Lasts Forever | special ed.
148 pages, 24.5 x 24.5 cm , 1200 g.
Peter Mitchell – Nothing Lasts Forever | special ed.
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Special Edition Hardcover with print "Eris Massheder, Vulcan Street, Leeds, 1975", 10 x 8" / 25,4 x 20,3 cm Pigment Print, signed and limited (ed. of 250).

»Nothing Lasts Forever«Is the first retrospective monograph of work by Peter Mitchell, best-known for his chronicles of the city of Leeds. The book is published to coincide with a major exhibition of the photographer’s work at Leeds Art Gallery from 17 May 2024 - 06 October 2024, nearly 50 years since he first exhibited there.

The book acts as a visual guide to navigate Mitchell’s long-rooted and poetic connection with Leeds. Regarded as the one of the most important early colour photographers of the 20th century, the book illustrates how words and objects have also played a key role in developing his distinctive and accessible vision.

»Nothing Lasts Forever« charts Mitchell’s work and career from his early photographs made in the 1970s and 80s whilst working as a truck delivery driver. His vantage point removed him from the immediacy of the street and he developed his distinctive graphic framing of the buildings and landscapes which reveal the layers of urban and social history. His documentation of the demise of the Quarry Hill Estate established his work beyond the mere visual into that of a social historian and storyteller—combining original documents, archival photographs, oral history, and observations to illustrate the complexities of change and failure.

The book introduces his unique storytelling abilities ranging from A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission which imagines an alien explorer visiting Leeds with a degree of surprise and puzzlement, through to the re-telling of his own autobiography by inanimate objects silently observed by otherworldly Yorkshire Scarecrows.
PublisherRRB Photobooks
NoteFirst edition, hardcover + Pigment Print, signed and numb. (ed. of 250)
ContributorsDiane Smith, Jane Bhoyroo
Article IDart-64390


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