- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500517975
- ISBN-13: 978-0500517970
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait Hardcover – June 16, 2015
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“You won’t glean many beauty tips from British photographer Henry Bourne’s wonderful and wacky portraits of folklore enthusiasts, but you may find some gardening ones!”
“Bourne crisscrossed Great Britain to capture folk-fest attendees at their most outlandish: “Jack-in-the-Greens” wearing head-to-toe spring foliage for May Day; Bonfire Night revelers in full medieval garb; and partyers arrayed in patchwork at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival. Bourne photographs each of them against a stark white background, capturing their full peacock finery in vivid detail.”
- Elle Decor
“A compendium of British folklore enthusiasts whose quirky costumes often look to the land.”
“Outside of the context of the greater spectacle the strange details of the costumes that mix the old and the new come clearly into focus.”
“Featuring 125 portraits, the book is an endearing album of extravagantly costumed individuals inventively disguised as shrubs or haystacks, shimmering with mother-of-pearl buttons, and posturing as witchy high priestesses.”
- Architectural Digest
“The British love of dressing up takes a weird and wondrous turn. . . . When captured by Bourne’s lens, one thing is abundantly clear: Much like fancy dress at Halloween, modern folk is fun.”
- The New York Times
“Folkloric festivals and traditions remain vital throughout the UK, evidenced here by the colorful yet serious portraits captured by Bourne. These traditions, visually exciting in their use of costumes, face painting, and props, have helped strong community identity persisting over time. Lovers of fashion and personal style will appreciate this visual survey of British folk costume.”
- Library Journal
About the Author
Henry Bourne is a photographer known for his portraits, architecture, landscape, and still-life work. He is a regular contributor to Vogue and Harper's Bazaar magazines worldwide as well as to T: The New York Times Style Magazine. His editorial photographs have also featured in Condé Nast Traveller, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Wallpaper* , and Vanity Fair, among other magazines. His work has been exhibited internationally and forms part of the permanent collection of portrait photography at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
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This isn't a book you pick up to read. As another reviewer stated, it is a 'coffee table book'. There is a short introduction at the beginning of the book but other than that, it is full of colorful photographs of various costumes depicting modern day interpretations of British folklore.
While looking through this book the first thing that popped through my head was...Look at all the wonderful costume ideas. I am already putting some of the costumes onto pattern.