Chris Killip Gerry Badger

An influential teacher and curator, Chris Killip (b.1946) is one of Britain's most important social documentary photographers. He has worked mainly on long-term, historically valuable photographic projects. Born on the Isle of Man, among his most important work was a series of portraits of his fellow islanders. His most significant and well-known body of work was made in the North East of England. This won him the coveted Cartier-Bresson award in 1989. He has published two major books of photographs, Isle of Man (1980) and In Flagrante (1988), both with texts by John Berger.

Photography is the visual medium of the modern world. It pervades our lives and shapes our perceptions. 55 is a new and ongoing series of beautifully produced, pocket-sized books that explore all aspects and styles of photography. They celebrate the world's most important photographers from the spheres of art, photojournalism, science, street photography, fashion photography and travel photography.

Each volume of 128 pages focuses on an individual master's life work and its development. It features 55 of their key works presented chronologically with an accessible introduction and critical commentaries, telling both the photographer's story and the story of the world that shaped their views.

At specially low prices, 55 paperbacks offer an irresistible look at modern life from some of the greatest ever photographers.

Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 156 x 136 mm (6 1/8 x 5 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 128 pp
  • ISBN: 9780714840284

Gerry Badger is a photo historian and critic. He regularly writes and lectures on photography and has curated a number of exhibitions. His published books include Collecting Photography and monographs on John Gossage and Stephen Shore, as well Eugène Atger and The Photobook: A History, Volume 1, both published by Phaidon.

'Elegantly designed, beautifully printed ... and sensitively laid out ... the choice of images is irreproachable ... Even if the series were to stop dead right now, it would already merit an honourable mention in publishing history ... the temptation to keep on collecting the whole set will no doubt afflict many.' (Independent)

'Phaidon 55s are handsome, pocket-sized editions with - you guessed it - 55 key works of one of the 20th century's iconic photographers. And because they cost just £4.95, the idea is you can take them - and even leave them - anywhere: on the table in the coffee shop, or poking suggestively out of your corduroy jacket pocket.' (Financial Times)

'The books are aimed beyond the 'photography buff' to a wider audience. Photography fans won't be disappointed, though: each book contains 55 images, so there's space to include lesser-known gems among the classic.' (Independent on Sunday)