190 x 250mm, closed format, portrait
128 gsm Art paper
Leporello with cover in cardboard box (400gsm)
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing
to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London,
he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
Samuel Johnson, 20 September 1777
The above quotation presents a timeless premise for this multi-dimensional book project about London. After all, London is the most densely populated multicultural city in Europe, and the Arts capital of the world. People flood into the city from across the UK and from all corners of the globe to take advantage of its creative energy and opportunities.
Tired of Life gets under the skin of the real London. It celebrates the vibrant cultural mix of the world`s favourite city, but also depicts the realities behind its glamorous façade and corroborates the double-edged connotation of Samuel Johnson`s statement about the city. For all the city`s pleasures, there is a substantial minority who are forever tired of London life.
A complex and vast city like London requires a unique visual approach and Tired of Life is an exciting combination of three artists` visions.
Jocelyn Bain Hogg`s wry and perceptive photographic journey through the city is balanced by Paul Davis` witty and acutely observed journey through drawings and `overheard` conversations. Henrietta Molinaro`s delightfully original art direction presents these journeys in a harmonious and immediately accessible design that also celebrates the city.
This unique project is also a double first since it is not only the first time that three artists from different disciplines have collaborated to present a multi-faceted, accessible and original depiction of city-life, but astonishingly it is also one of the first original, visual books for adults to appear about London since Lord Snowdon`s London from 1958. Buy the book