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  • By Aaron Kilby
    Sep 15, 2009
    "Love Music Hate racism book review" Author: Tim Boddy Title: Love Music Hat Racism Date: 2008 Publisher: Tim Boddy Location: London This book designed and edited by Tim Boddy, this book looks into the people who attended the “Love Music Hate Racism” festival held on the 7th April 2008 in Victoria Park, London. The book looks at the way in which youths have their say about their feelings on music and racism. Through looking at this book there is a strong theme throughout looking at young people having a good time at a festival but more importantly trying to get people to disagree with the BNP and to not vote for any type of ‘Nazi’ idealism. The photographs which are used within this book are in some part concentrating on the people at this event and yet at the same time completely ignoring there existence, instead the images working on effecting the viewer as they read the text which is ever present in the images, and trying to understand as well as connect to the... More > comments. This book is also structured very well as all the images are showing a common theme causing the book to be easily read and grouped together as a whole instead of separate narratives making it a non-narrative book. As the book is clearly grouped, through looking closer it is easy to see that the images use the same theme in a variation of ways, for example a t-shirt in an image says ‘BNP fascist scum’, then on another image with another t-shirt the text is ‘Hip-Hop Generation UK says Fuck BNP’. These examples really show how people feel about the BNP and racism and that the book is working hard to connect to the reader. Double page spreads with two images on each page is a great way to show these images. The images are all landscape, which isn’t stretched or transformed so the images fit perfectly on the page. Each single page works well but with another image opposite, the two images bounce off of one another. Because of this the images are easier to understand than if there was a single image. There is also a nice white border on the top and bottom of the images, which frames the images and focuses the reader to the image and not what is going on around them. This photo book uses a lot of bright colour, which stands out on every page, however the middle pages, which is a double page spread is much darker with bland colours. The double page spread also disrupts the photo book as the border also changes from the top and bottom of the image to the sides. This seemed to disrupt me as threw me from what I was looking at due to the drastic change. The photo book is very interesting in looking at what the youths today are interested in and what they do about strong feelings that they have. The photography is very bright and eye catching, along with the text throughout the book. The book is easily read, however is disrupted and slightly withdrew my attention in the middle, which is a little bit of a worry. However apart from this small detail the book is well worth a look and I look forward to his future works. Aaron Kilby< Less
  • By James Ide
    Aug 11, 2009
    "love music hate racism" Photographic Cultures AUTHOR/s Tim Boddy TITILE: Love Music. Hate Racism DATE: 27/11/08 PUBLISHER: Tim Boddy c/o LSBU BA Digital Photography REVIEWED BY: James Ide This book documents the event the “Love Music Hate Racism” that took place in Victoria Park London on the 7th of April 2008. The book focuses on the young people at this event and their experiences. The book itself is a 9x7 inch saddle-stitch binding containing 19 pages. The front page consists of a full bleed image with the title underneath. The front cover shows three youths and the background appears to be a banner from the event. The only words that can be made out from this banner are “hope” and “hate” powerful words wither intentionally used or not. The following page contains an explanation of the following images and where they were shot and when. After that there is very little text with the exception that in the images themselves there is often bold slogans on banners and t... More > shirts or walls saying things like “BNP fascist scum” and “don’t vote Nazi”. There is no narrative to the book however its placing is not arbitrary. Pictures of certain groups of people are often paired together. All the photos in the book are very bright and colourful and there is clever composition with the background texts and text on t shirts and banners. One great example is some children talking looking perfectly innocent but contradictory on their t shirts in large bold text is “fuck BNP” this is a very subtle and clever image, something that I’m glad to say does appear often in this book. In the centre of the book there is a double page spread of a wall with graffiti written “don’t vote Nazi” this is quite eye catching and a good idea to place in the centre of the book. It also changes the pace of the book slightly as it seems to divide the content. Overall the good is an interesting look at anti racism even without imply any of the authors own personal opinions. It is intelligently shot and put together. Use of colour, composition and text is very bold. My only criticisms are that at 19 pages it is too short and that the same people are often used for shots. I feel that an important topic such as young people’s views on racism should be a bit longer and contain more images and maybe even interviews. Without the added depth of more content or interviews the event itself looks like an excuse for young people to get drunk wear big bold swear words on themselves and claim they are making a political statement. However it highlights the views of the young people in a very accurate and non bias way. It tells us more about the people than the slogans. This is a great book and well worth buying. James< Less
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November 28, 2008
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.2 lbs.
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9 wide x 7 tall
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