By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis

This review was originally written for the Institute of Historical Research’s Reviews in History. You can see the original article here, with Paul Fyfe’s response. By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis is an absorbing and complex piece of work. In it, Paul Fyfe argues that accidents not only shaped Victorian cities, but also played a role in… Read More By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis

Book review: Painting beyond Pollock

Morgan Falconer’s new work Painting Beyond Pollock is a sensitive exploration of the medium. Beginning with abstract expressionism, and ending with the ‘Pop Romantics’ – the latter encompassing post-1990s figurative painters such as Peter Doig and Elizabeth Peyton – it is a more delicate and thoughtful book than the rather bold title suggests. Indeed, Falconer… Read More Book review: Painting beyond Pollock

Book review: Darren Almond, Fullmoon

At first glance it’s difficult to tell what’s different about the landscape photography featured in this new book from British artist Darren Almond. The extra-sharp snow and all too smooth waterfalls have something disarming about them, some strange sense of movement and stillness at once, but the light is clear and the content reassuringly romantic.… Read More Book review: Darren Almond, Fullmoon

Book review: Robert Doisneau

Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) is best known for documenting everyday life in twentieth-century France, from factory workers to romantic street scenes. This beautifully produced new book, compiled by the artist’s long-time friend Jean Claude Gautrand, showcases the vast array of work produced by Doisneau over his 60-year career. The book begins with a preface… Read More Book review: Robert Doisneau