A look at the life's work of photographer Tim Page. As well as his images of the Vietnam war, it contains his photographs of the Six Day War, 1970s California sub-cultures, Castro's Cuba, and the spiritual peace of Buddhism. He also speaks about his method of photography.
Few contemporary photographers can have been so widely celebrated as Tim Page. Everything he has done since throwing himself into the Indo-China and Vietnam of the 1960s - "the deep end of the pool of life" - has exhibited a brilliantly idiosyncratic character all of its own. His experience of the war, mythologized a quarter of a century later in the 4-part television series "Frankie's House", was the crisis and centre of his life. It not only revealed an extraordinary talent with the camera, but also gave him an insight and a compassion brought to bear on an enormous range of other subjects in the decades that followed the Six Day War, 1970s California sub-cultures, Castro's Cuba, the spiritual peace of Buddhism and coming home to the UK, offering a diffusion of moods and experiences. In "Mid-term Report", he surveys it all from the perspective of mid-life. As in all that he does, there is much that is intensely personal and will appeal to the many people who know him through his previous books, articles and broadcasts, but much, too, that is revealing for everyone interested in photography: how form relates to content and how both relate to the great themes of history. Tim Page's other books include "Tim Page's Nam" (1983), "Ten Years After: Vietnam Today" (1987), and "Sri Lanka" (1987), all published by Thames and Hudson.
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