A book gives a photographer a different voice compared with the single image. The sequence and juxtaposition of images, the appearance of the binding, the feel of the paper and even its smell contribute to both the physical, emotional and intellectual experience that is a well-designed book.

All of the binding techniques I use result in a lay-flat book.

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Mexicans

Mexicans sample image
35 black & white images of mexicans going about their daily business. Although digitally originated, the book is styled as if it were a strip of film, with images the size of roll film contact prints. An accordion-style book with wrap-around board covers printed single-sided. Archival printing and construction. Unlimited edition: £25+postage
Mexicans book

Stills

Stills book
The unique shape of every distillery's stills helps give each Scotch whisky its distinctive flavour. This is a single-signature sewn book with card cover and reinforcing cloth on the spine. Title page and 19 black & white images of different stills.

Archival printing and construction. 150 x 210mm. Unlimited edition: £15+postage

Port Royal

Port Royal cover image
Port Royal in Nova Scotia, Canada, is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and has been reconstructed from a copy of the original plans. The book has a debossed cover image, an introduction and 23 black & white images. The binding is a quarter-joint design with board covers finished with black bookcloth over cover and spine.

Archival printing and construction. 210 x 210mm. Limited edition of 25: £45+postage

Yew

Yew photo

The oldest yew trees in Kingley Vale have acquired a brooding sombre character that is captured in the 10 black & white panoramic images in this book. The prints are on heavy-weight matt art paper and the covers are heavy hand-made rag paper. The construction is entirely sewn with the thread very visible and penetrating the images so that the book and pictures become as one.

Archival printing and construction. 210 x 165mm. Limited edition of 25: £95+postage.

Blue

page from Blue book

2014 was an early spring in the UK and the bluebell woods were alive with colour weeks before normal. This book follows the light on the woodland floor from pre-dawn to post-dusk from a single camera position. The 12 prints are on heavy-weight matt art paper and the covers are heavy hand-made rag paper. The construction is entirely sewn with the thread very visible and penetrating the images so that the book and pictures become as one.

Archival printing and construction. 210 x 150mm. Limited edition of 25: £95+postage.

Tulip

page from Tulip book

The exuberance of tulips is celebrated in this large format book.

Archival printing and construction. 16 images 320mm square with torn edges on 3 sides. overall 380mm square. The case is yellow bookcloth over board with a linocut on front. Hand-made endpapers. Limited edition of 5: £450+postage.

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About

Malcolm Raggett

Malcolm's eye is constantly being drawn to ironic, dissonant or simply wacky juxtapositions. This vision together with a fascination for semi-abstract forms has resulted in several long-running projects as well as short, quick series of images. This makes Malcolm a truly original photographer whose work is fun, deft, often humorous and simultaneously thought-provoking in its layered depth-of-meaning.

He finds the single image rather restricting and prefers to develop a narrative using series of photographs that are assembled into hand-made unique or short-run books. A recent interest that he is currently exploring is the "animated frame" where he composes an image as if it were a still photograph but records it as a short video.

Malcolm cites the writers Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett as his two biggest photographic influences, claiming that it is not where you look but the way you see that is important.

 

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