Nicholas Royle (text) and David Gledhill (paintings)
East Germany, the Cold War. A doctor’s daughter experiments with her father’s camera and eavesdrops on his consultations.
In their paintings and fiction, David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle explore the nature of surveillance, in this, the fourth publication by Negative Press London.
The project began when David Gledhill obtained a 1950s East German family album from a Frankfurt flea market and subsequently turned these domestic snapshots into large-scale oil paintings. He then invited Nicholas Royle to collaborate and contribute fiction inspired by the family album paintings.
Michael Caines writes on the Times Literary Supplement blog (30 April 2016): “Perhaps you could call In Camera an eccentric form of ekphrasis.” Read here
Author David Rose (Vault, Posthumous Stories, Meridian) writes: “If you love art and literature, your enjoyment is automatically doubled when both combine. But it is quadrupled when both the art and the text are as fascinating as this. And being set in pre-unification East Germany makes the book enthralling and highly thought-provoking.”
In Camera is available from Foyles (107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT), London Review Bookshop (14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL), Burley Fisher Books (400 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA) or visit the Negative Press Shop for worldwide delivery.
Trim size 148.5 mm x 210 mm
Paperback, PUR bound, with 23 colour paintings
Extent 48 pp
Negative Press London, 10 May 2016