England, My England

22 Jan 2011 – 13 Mar 2011

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DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery

Durham, United Kingdom

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  • Durham City Centre and Bus Station 1/4 mile
  • Durham Rail Station 1/4 mile
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The award-winning Magnum Agency photographer, Chris Steele-Perkins came to England in 1949 when he was two, the son of a Burmese mother and English father. Remarkably calm and unprejudiced, he was uniquely qualified to chronicle England's evolution into an ethnically diverse society. Not that his aim in his England, My England anthology was to produce a sociological survey; instead, his collection is a kind of antidote to the rose-tinted myths peddled by the tourism industry. You won't find pomp and circumstance here, no Changing of the Guard, or a Henley Regatta. You will find people that you'd cross the street to avoid though. In concentrating upon everydayness and how that can be special" he unflinchingly records the absurdities, the pleasures and the tragedies of English life, invariably with wit and humour.

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