Autograph ABP | 2004 | 128 pages | 167 photographs | hardcover
Ingrid Pollard first came to widespread attention in 1987 with Pastoral Interlude, a series of photographs about black people's experience of the English countryside. Steeped in the heritage of Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets, her photographs explore the beauty of the English landscape and coastline, alongside the memories hidden within England's history and its relationship to Africa and the Caribbean.
Her interest in the layers of history is echoed in the accomplished use of 19th century photographic techniques. As Mark Haworth-Booth has noted: “Her work is grounded (almost literally) in her own experience, combined with a knowledge of history and theory and expressed with refreshing and earthy frankness, rare personal modesty and engaging wit.”
This monograph covers Pollard’s work from her documentary images for magazines such as Spare Rib in the 1980s through to her commissioned work for galleries up to 2002. Each piece of work is introduced with text by the artist.