|One view of Pete's major retrospective exhibition at the|
National Library of Wales, 2017
|Another view of the exhibition|
There are upsides to this process though. Re-looking at older work with fresh eyes can reveal themes and juxtapositions of images that may have been missed on first looking, editing or printing are revealed. Also, from a distance of many years, the new, historical context of work alters the way in which you view it and suggests a new way to present it.
In my case the bodies of work in question were first seen as exhibitions and apart from very slim catalogues, no permanent printed collection of the work existed apart from the exhibition prints. While interest in some of this work has been maintained over the years, there has never, until now, been an opportunity to sit down and look hard at them and put together permanent collections in book form.
Editing and sequencing work for a book is very different from laying out an exhibition. You need to bear in mind scale, viewing distance, size of images and the differences between the space of a gallery and the relative intimacy of the book. It's a challenge and many hours are spent moving images about, re-ordering sequences and groups and playing with size, themes and juxtapositions. Stimulating and frustrating but ultimately, rewarding.
|'City Stories - Photographs of Cardiff 1969-1977'|
|'Great Little Tin Sheds of Wales'|
Both books are available from the National Library of Wales shop and from the Pen'rallt gallery bookshop: http://www.penralltgallerybookshop.co.uk/