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Young Meteors - British Photojournalism, 1957-1965 
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159 pages 
Trafalgar Square 
Published 1998 
From Library Journal 
Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before slamming into hard earth, but in the late Fifties a handful of young Englishmen started breaking through an equally brutal barrier: high-minded art. With 35mm cameras and 400 ASA film, these ambitious young men didn't neatly fit into the schools of established "press" or "style" photographers. Like all artists, they were seeking "truth" and "integrity," but like everyone else they had to make a living, so they worked for news magazines that people read in pubs and threw in the trash. These self-proclaimed photojournalists successfully made art in the mass mediaAwithout a single flash and primarily in sooty, silvery black and white. Don McCullin's images of the Guv'nors of Finsbury ParkAa gang, essentiallyAand Roger Mayne's Teddy boysAEnglish greasersAare filled with life and swagger. Because this title's focus is so specific, some background in British culture and media history is helpful. Recommended for photojournalism collections.AHeather McCormack, "Library Journal" 
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.  
Book Description 
One of Britain's most important contributions to 20th-century photography centers on an extraordinary group of young photographers whose work dramatically redefined photojournalism in the late 50s and early 60s. From the hard-edged consumerism in David Bailey's imagery to the social concerns of Don McCullin, their work illuminates all aspects of this turbulent, innovative era. Their search to find a forum for their work was integral to the revolution in "magazine culture," which is at the heart of their story. Young Meteors, which showcases 140 superb examples of their work, assesses for the first time their radical impact on the culture of their time. Martin Harrison is the author of Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945; he is regarded as the leading authority on many areas of fashion photography as well as the history of magazine culture.
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