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[The Guardian] The big picture: a day at Epsom racecourse
by The Guardian « on: May 25, 2020, 01:01:20 PM »




The big picture: a day at Epsom racecourse

German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski finds Britons clinging to their tribes in the post-Thatcher years

There is a probably apocryphal story of an Observer news journalist who, when asked to write an impressionistic feature story, was told to “make sure it has plenty of colour”. When the story came in, it was his standard news copy except that every noun had an accompanying adjective from a child’s crayon set: “blue sky”, “green trees”, “black tarmac”, “yellow sun”.

I was reminded of that story when looking through Peter Bialobrzeski’s pictures of the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, all taken in 1991 and 1992. If we were ever tempted to view those post-industrial years in political black and white, Biaolobrzeski’s pictures insist on colouring them in. They retain a saturated bleakness all the same.

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