Grafters by Colin Jones. First edition (2002). First impression. Large format hardback in as new condition. Flat signed by Colin Jones to title page. No markings. The book is as new and unread. Please see pictures. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
So, timeless and beautiful, Grafters is a sympathetic tale of industrial post-war Britain. Its subjects are people who endure physical hardship with dignity - miners cramped and soaking against a two-foot coal seam, dockers waiting in gangs for work, shipbuilders unaware that they are labouring on the yard's last vessel, as well as ballet dancers wrought by the sweat and toil of rehearsal. Grafters is an elegiac poem about a time and a way of life that has passed and that we will never experience again. In conclusion, a study of manual labour and the working class from a bygone era, Grafters shows Jones's best work from the early 1960s and brings to light a photographer who is highly regarded by his peers, but little published.