Granny Alphabet

Granny Alphabet

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Artist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his flamboyant, lavishly staged and surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his unique brand of very British fantasia to a subject close to his and all our hearts: grandmothers. Pour yourself a cup of tea and step into an enchanted realm, where twinkling Miss Marple-types elope to Egypt in head-to-toe tartan or jet off to Mars on a flying saucer...You'll find Lucinda, whose hat addiction shows no sign of waning (she even goes to bed in one), and Hattie, who'll give you a humbug if you're helpful. Brush up on your knitting skills to rival Kitty. Book 1 of this two-volume collection offers an assortment of characterful portraits by Tim Walker of grannies and the things dearest to them, arranged alphabetically and accompanied by short, gently humorous verses written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. In Book 2, fashion illustrator Lawrence Mynott contributes his own AZ of drawings of lively old ladies. Spirited, stylish, sweet here are granny archetypes of every stripe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 148 pages
  • 202 x 270 x 30mm | 1,039.98g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 96 colour illustrations
  • 0500544263
  • 9780500544266
  • 175,331

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A sweet two-volume tribute to grandmothers. A tribute to gray-haired glamazons everywhere. A playful look at aging and frailty. A sweet two-volume tribute to grandmothers. " A tribute to gray-haired glamazons everywhere. " A playful look at aging and frailty. " Walker photographs real grandmothers with their most prized possessions, and the results are whimsical and surprisingly compelling. The charmingly dotty Granny Alphabet . . . introduces a parade of willfully eccentric old ladies" An ode to . . . the beauty and clarity of old age. With its array of octogenarian subjects clad in nubby cardigans, sensible shoes, croc handbags and whimsical hats -- not to mention a still life of fake teeth and the pattern from a plastic polka-dotted rain bonnet used as the book's endpaper -- The Granny Alphabet takes a droll view on aging. Photographer and artist Tim Walker turns his kooky eye toward a subject close to everyone's heart. . . . A celebration of the surreal styling and over-the-top scenes for which Walker has gained a cultish following. Though photo shoots with grannies might seem a reach for a fashion photographer, subject and artist turn out to be a surprisingly good fit. . . . Walker's work is at its most playful and opulent, with images of bubblegum pink dentures next to a pink-walled bathroom; a nana reclining among towering hat boxes; another dressed to the nines in a faux puma coat. Now, according to the new book, The Granny Alphabet, [Tim] Walker has chosen to pay homage to 'the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane.' The charmingly dotty 'Granny Alphabet' . . . introduces a parade of willfully eccentric old ladies
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