Like You've Never Been Away is a moving record of childhood in Liverpool in the 1970s.
In December 1974, Paul Trevor came to Liverpool as a member of the Exit Photography Group: three young photographers collaborating on a project to document life in Britain's inner cities. Paul stayed for six months photographing the hardships faced by people, particularly children, at a time of economic decline and social unrest.
In 1982, some of his photographs were published in Survival Programmes: In Britain's Inner Cities - a book of Exit's work that is now regarded as one of the most significant documentary projects of its time.
In 2011, National Museums Liverpool organized an exhibition of Paul's work, most of which had remained unseen and unpublished. The show at the Walker Art Gallery attracted 64,000 visitors. People expressed their reactions in the Gallery's comment books. Four books were filled. Here is a small sample:
'Social documentary at its finest. One of the best collections I have seen'. NB
'My mum once said she felt guilty for all the things I didn't have as a child. I never felt like I'd missed having anything. These photos remind me why. Thank you.' VG
'Really captures the love, fun and family feel of those times.' PA
'Fantastic, emotive, honest, humorous documentary of Liverpool. A beautiful piece of history.' MB
'Very poignant - real life captured in all its joys and sadness.' MJB
'Stunning! The best photography exhibition I have seen. I had to come twice.' NG
'A rare and beautiful discovery for me. Your book is wonderful and must rank among the greatest books of street photography I have ever seen.' NJ
In 2011, Bluecoat Press published Like You’ve Never Been Away – a paperback of Paul’s images to accompany the exhibition. The book rapidly sold out, and despite frequent requests, has been out of print ever since. Paul and Bluecoat Press have now agreed on a new edition in a new landscape format - the original was portrait. The new version will be hardback and limited to 1000 copies.
Paul Trevor’s work is in many collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain, Bibliotheque National (Paris), Centre for Creative Photography (Tucson), Museum of London and the British Council.
The book is ready to go to print. It is hardback with a printed, laminated cover. Page size is 200mm x 252mm (landscape). Page extent is 136pp.
Risks and challenges
There are none. Bluecoat Press has a long-established reputation for publishing high quality photobooks. The design work is complete and the book is ready to go to print.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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