The seventh title in the popular Parr/Nazraeli Series of Ten is Peter Mitchell’s long-overdue monograph, “Strangely Familiar”. In the 1970s, Mitchell was working as a truck driver in the English city of 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. Our collaboration with Martin Parr changes that, and we are pleased to announce the first edition of this important body of work in book form. “Strangely Familiar” presents 47 color plates, beautifully printed on matt paper and playing off of the artist’s accompanying texts. The book opens with an introduction by Martin Parr.