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Luton.  Edited by Timothy Prus.
 
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Luton.

Edited by Timothy Prus.
RVB Books, Paris, France, 2017. In French and English. 112 pp., 106 black-and-white illustrations, 6¾x9½".

Publisher's Description

Editor and collector Timothy Prus has been interested in amateur found images long before the subject was picked up and accepted in most of contemporary art. He has gathered over 4 million images and released them in dozens of publications under the title “Archives of Modern Conflict.” The Luton Auguries began with the purchase of the newspaper archives of the city of Luton. From this vast source material, Timothy Prus selects and assembles a series of images, creating a surrealist storyline. Applying invented legends to the stories in the images, he invites the viewer into the fantasy of the narrative he creates.

The Luton Auguries emerged after some photographic files were found in a second hand bookshop. They describe a religious mania focused on the end of the world and the second coming, which flourished in the area around Luton during the 1970s and early 1980s. It seems when it rained day after day for months the mental equilibrium of the district was de-stabilised. Why has there been an amnesic response about this event? What became of the people involved? What was its legacy? Many questions remain unanswered. The book seems like a work of science fiction with perfect period detail but the events do seem to have taken place. Perhaps it is a clear example of the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.


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