kevin cummins • ian curtis: memento mori • colour photography • new work
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passing of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, legendary photographer Kevin Cummins has created — in collaboration with Tangerine Press — a bible-style photobook called Ian Curtis: Memento Mori. Over the past six years, Mr Cummins has been photographing items left on Ian’s ‘grave’, all the while with this most unusual project in the back of his mind. The book contains full colour photos of 65 of these items, along with other photos of Macclesfield Crematorium. There is a frontispiece photo of Ian (the famous one in his coat, smoking) and an essay about loss/permanence by Dr Gail Crowther. There is a final, iconic image of Ian to 'book-end' the run.
Some comments on Mr Cummins' work:
"One of Britain’s greatest photographers."
"Cummins has raised the status of his work to the level of art."
— John Peel
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130 Numbered/signed copies
Bible-style handbound photobook
Leatherette covered boards
Book dimensions approx. 125mm/5" wide x 185mm/7 1/4" tall
Extent: 160 pages
Front cover and spine embossed in gold by hand on Tangerine's own 1960s Marshall Embosser
Fabriano Tiziano vibrant red endpapers
Indigo printed on acid-free Mohawk paper
65 full colour plates
Book block edges gilded in gold by hand
Book wrapped in black tissue guard with sticker/seal
Iconic b&w images of Ian Curtis 'book-end' the plates section
Signed in black ink by the photographer on the limitation page
Numbered by hand
Housed in custom handmade box, embossed in gold on the top lid
£275 plus trackable/insured shipping
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160 pages. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop. Photography. ISBN 978-1-910691-27-4
All copies signed by Kevin Cummins.
Kevin Cummins (born Manchester, England) is a British photographer known for photographs of rock bands and musicians including Mick Jagger, Ian Curtis, Joy Division, Morrissey, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, and David Bowie. Mr Cummins studied photography in Salford and had a 25-year association with the NME, including 10 years as their chief photographer. But he perhaps is best known for photographing the Manchester music scene. A timeline that stretches from the burgeoning punk scene of the late 1970s, the emergence of bands such as Joy Division, The Stone Roses and The Smiths in the 1980s and through the 1990s, documenting the rise of the Happy Mondays, New Order and Oasis. In 2015 Mr Cummins was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Arts) by Manchester Metropolitan University. He continues to be a huge presence on the photography scene to this day.
Dr Gail Crowther is a freelance writer, researcher, and academic. She is currently researching and writing Three Martini Afternoons at The Ritz, a dual biography exploring the social rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, to be published by Simon & Schuster, New York, in Spring 2021. Her first book, Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year’s Turning, co-written with Elizabeth Sigmund, was published by Fonthill Media in 2014. She has also published extensively on Plath in various journals and books. Her first solo authored book, The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath, was published in early 2017. A co-authored book with Peter K. Steinberg, These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath, was released in May 2017. Dr Crowther divides her time between the North of England and London.
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