This sumptuous book is devoted to the work of John Hilliard, one of the most interesting British conceptual artists working in the field of staged photography. This monograph, and the major exhibition it accompanies, present a retrospective view of Hilliard’s work and re-present it critically and comprehensively, while considering the concerns and issues it raises.
Each of the four sections of the book, covering periods from 1969 to 1999, contains an essay by Hilliard himself alongside either one or two other essays. Much of Hilliard’s thinking plays potently on the notion of duality or pairing, and the main aim of this publication is to present his work in a way that reflects this. The four chapters, lavishly illustrated in colour, are grouped chronologically and form a compositional point of view.