Photo: © Phil Coburn.
In 2004 our ground-breaking retrospective book and exhibition Five Thousand Days underlined our commitment to bringing outstanding photography to the public. Since then we have been constantly working on new projects, and new ways to showcase our members’ work. UNSEEN is the culmination of one such project. It highlights one of the Association’s every day frustrations: that huge numbers of brilliant pictures never see the light of day through too tight deadlines, design limitations or editorial indifference. The images in UNSEEN were selected by a jury of our members, and offers a glimpse of the variety and extraordinarily high standard of the members work.
After spotting that the author Jilly Cooper had written a letter to The Times in June 2008 highlighting the lack of proper photographers bylines, the Association wrote to her to ask that she write a foreword for Unseen, and was delighted when she accepted. Here is an except:
“Thank goodness for Unseen. “The sweetest songs,” wrote Shelley, “‘sing of the saddest thought”, and these photographs are so beautiful yet compassionate that, despite their appalling images of death, loss, mutilation and destruction, one feels an overwhelming elation and relief that someone has drawn attention to such suffering. Without photographers invading the worse troublespots, armed only with their cameras, so much tyranny and brutality would go unrecorded.”
Unseen – Photographs from The British Press Photographers’ Association is published on 25th March 2009 by Skateboarding Duck and the project was sponsored by Canon.
It is a cloth bound 170x240mm book with 176 pages and 108 photographs (both colour and duotone) and was designed by Stuart Smith (Five Thousand Days – The BPPA, Personal Best – Elliot Erwitt, Inferno – James Nachtwey) the ISBN is 978-0-9561801-0-0 and has a RRP £19.95