About the Book
Selected Black and White Journals Vol 1, 1978 – 2008.
Introduction by Graeme Russell:
"Cooper's photographic journals have an educated feel about them but it's not in your face, as they say. The palette is refined. There is an assuredness but it's delicate. Existentialism, humanism and humour are all at play here. The result is a body of work that is timeless because it deals with the fundamentals that are part of our fabric, our very fibre.
As the late, great American photography curator, historian and art critic John Szarkowski put it: "A new generation of photographers has directed the documentary approach toward more personal ends. Their aim has been not to reform life, but to know it. Not to persuade but to understand". (1)
Graeme Cooper applies his craft within this rich tradition and long may this continue."
(1) The New Documents Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1967), an exhibition featuring the works of Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand.