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James Ravilious: A World in Pictures (2007)

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Touching portrayal of the man and the environment he photographed.
3 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Beautifully shot and lovingly crafted this doc gives you a real sense of time and place, Ravilious captured a world in decline, the disappearing traditions of a rural community, and it's this idea that is so brilliantly commented on in this film. But it's also more than that, this is a film that isn't so much about a photographer and how he saw the world but more about the man himself and how the people he photographed saw him. The film is peppered with touching anecdotes about James from the people he photographed, it's refreshingly more of a love letter to the man rather than his work.

If you're looking for a dry, technical account of James Ravilious' work (like the other review on here) then this isn't for you, perhaps you should go to the library, or a gallery showing his work (the Beaford Archive).


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