Photobook – Locusts – By Gusov


Photobook – Locusts – By Gusov

Size: 24.7 x 30.6 cm
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Over 300 black & white photographs.
Published: 2008
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Stock number: 017755/0123
Price: £25 + P & P
Hardback. Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good, small tear to front bottom right. Landscape format. Grey decorated boards in black & white pictorial jacket. Over 300 black & white photographs. With an afterword by Andrei Navrozov.
Locusts is a book of photographs that, in the words of its creator, Sasha Gusov, ‘is an album that pulls together the concept of mass mentality – photographs that examine the way people eat, the tourist eternally behind the camera, the obsession with consumerism. It is an anthropological investigation of contemporary man – who we are, who we have become and how absurd we can be at times.’ Each of the book’s ten sections present a catalogue of human weakness but in the warm spirit of humour and irony. The outcome of five years of work and observation around the world, these brief snatches and moments are a true representation of what humanity does when it thinks that no one is looking.

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Russian photographer Sasha Gusov was first introduced to photography at the age of 13. He moved to England in 1989. Becoming a photographer in England was not a simple matter and initially he lived a hand to mouth existence getting work wherever he could before finding a job with the printer Roy Snell who, when not working, allowed him access to the dark room for his own photography.
Sasha established his credentials as ‘an image maker with something to say’ in 1993 when a self commissioned photographic project ‘Images of the Bolshoi Ballet’s’, taken during the company’s 1992 London tour, was published by the British Journal of Photography. This beautiful and remarkable behind the scenes study of dancers, musicians and onlookers offered a social and narrative dimension to the everyday life of ballet which was both new and innovative.
Sasha is a photographer intrigued by the human comedy of manners and his archive is a richly diverse and interesting resource of portraits of leading artists from theatre, (Peter Hall, Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, Alfred Molina, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance, David Tennant, Ewan Mcgregor), music (Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Berezovsky, Yuri Bashmet, Bryn Terfel, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Rodney Bennett, Evgeny Kissin ) and dance (Darcey Bussell, Irek Mukhamedov). We’ve even slipped in some great images of Everything But The Girl.
His work is widely published throughout the world. Photographic books include: 25 years in Photography (2014); Belarus: Terra Incognita (2010); Royal Parks (2011 ); Locusts (2008); Italian Carousel (2003); Shooting Images (2001).


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