Blueprint 2017-20 by Norman Behrendt. First edition (2021). First impression. Medium format paperback in new condition. Signed by Norman Behrendt to front end page. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Blueprint 2017-20 by Norman Behrendt
“Blueprint 2017–20 is partially about Brexit: about nationalism and xenophobia and how they both play out visually on a local and global stage. It is also about contemporary image culture, the TV and internet, and the way media images are used. Both consciously and unconsciously — to persuade, provoke and influence us.”
Blueprint 2017–20 explores how the mass media has influenced political debates and democratic processes during the process of Brexit. Norman Behrendt’s photographs of Brexit-related video material examine what sort of imagery is used to influence people by stirring up deep-seated attitudes around national pride, immigration and lack of control. The blue color of the cyanotypes reflects the invisible influence of the European Union on the United Kingdom.
When Norman Behrendt arrived in London from Berlin in August 2017, he set out to document Britain in the period of its transition out of the EU. He crisscrossed the Remain-voting capital and also its Brexit-voting outer suburbs by bicycle, foot and public transport.
The photographs that he took for Blueprint 2017-20 revealed material traces of class, race, nationality and income disparity that had fed into the referendum’s result, but they did not get under the skin of the issue in the way that he wanted. Abstract and diffuse, the shift in Britain’s sense of itself eluded a traditional documentary approach.
At night, Behrendt surfed the internet, making screengrabs from pro- and anti-Brexit videos on mainstream media, YouTube and social media sites. He immersed himself in official political messaging, amateur propaganda and personal video posts. Giving equal attention to both sides of the debate.
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