Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs by Homer Sykes. First edition (1977). First impression. Medium format paperback in near fine condition. With french flaps, the front one has been clipped where the price was. Pages clean, binding firm. Toning to cover. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs
Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs was first published in 1977 establishing Homer Sykes as one of the UK’s leading young photographers. Over a period of almost seven years he travelled the country photographing around 100 traditional British customs, with over 80 appearing in the book.
Though inspired by the 19th century photographer Benjamin Stone, Homer Sykes approached the events with a distinctly modern sensibility, creating dynamic images which focus mainly on the tradition that is being re-enacted against a background of everyday life.
„I am a professional magazine and documentary photographer. My principal commissions in Britain during the 1970’s – 1980’s, were for what used to be called the „weekend colour supplements“ such as The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, You and the Sunday Express magazines. I covered weekly news for Newsweek, Time, and the former Now! Magazine; covering conflicts in Israel, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as weekly news in the UK.
Over the last fifty years I have shot numerous magazine portraits of the famous and not so famous – at home, at work and at play. I have always worked on personal photographic documentary projects along side commercial magazine assignments. In the 1970’s I started on what has become an on going career project documenting traditional British folklore customs and annual events. Then, in 1977 my first book was published Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs (Gordon Fraser). In 2016 Dewi Lewis Publishing re-published this volume with over 50 ’new‘ images from my archive.“ – Homer Sykes
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