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Colin Pantall's favorite book from 2018

This book is the story of Sohrab Hura’s mother, her mental illness and her struggle to keep her house in order. Most of all though, it’s the story of her dog, Elsa, and their companionship. It’s a beautiful story, and a terribly sad one—Elsa dies in the end—played out against the backdrop of Ma’s messy house. And Hura’s photography, and its incidental intimacy, is part of that backdrop. It made me cry. I loved it.


Colin Pantall is a photographer, writer and educator based in Bath, England. His first photobook is All Quiet on the Home Front and he is the co-writer and editor of Magnum China.
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Colin Pantall's favorite book from 2018

John Angerson’s English Journey is that rarest of things, a beautifully designed book that takes a critical look at English identity without resorting to cliché or regionalism. It retraces the journey that J.B. Priestley made in the 1930s for his book of the same name, and finds an England that is de-skilled, de-industrialised and de-cultured. Brilliant design layers the combination of sober image and factual text into a nuanced view of what it means to be English today. And that’s where things get complicated…


Colin Pantall is a photographer, writer, and educator based in Bath, England. His photographic work focusses on his immediate domestic environment and includes his book All Quiet on the Home Front. colinpantall.com, Blog, Instagram

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Colin Pantall's favorite book from 2018

Unprofessional is one of those books where the biographical, the fictional, the documentary all overlap. Ostensibly it’s a book about Rasmussen’s time working as a model in Asia, but it comes with a text that highlights the dissatisfaction, the dysfunction, and the different layers that come with being a model. The narration is unreliable, the tone is spiky, and nobody ends up a winner. Except the reader perhaps.


Colin Pantall is a writer, lecturer and photographer based in Bath, Europe.

He writes for a range of publications and teaches on at graduate and post-graduate photography courses in the UK.

His photography focusses on domestic environments and family, and include his projects Brexit Pictures, Sofa Portraits, All Quiet on the Home Front, and My German Family Album, projects where the conflicting narratives of family, environmental and political histories collide.

colinpantall.com
@colin_pantall