Strangely Familiar by Peter Mitchell

peteJust bought some copies of this lovely new book ‘Strangely Familiar’ by Peter Mitchell, wonderful local photographer and they’ll be in libraries soon. Here’s some background information/review of the book. Definitely 5 star and worth borrowing

‘In the 1970s, Pete Mitchell was working as a truck driver in Leeds, and he photographed the city during his rounds. This work depicts the factories and small shop owners of Leeds, all photographed in a very formal manner with the aid of a stepladder.

In 1979, the photographs were shown at Mitchell’s one-person exhibition at Impressions Gallery in York; this was the first landmark color photography exhibition in the UK. The work was later included in the seminal exhibition “How We Are: Photographing Britain” at Tate Britain in 2007. Despite being widely exhibited, collected and written since the 1970s, Peter Mitchell’s photographs of Leeds, where he continues to live and work, have never before been published as a monograph. This is an important body of work in book form.’