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Article: The Harbour - Jem Southam

The Harbour - Jem Southam

The Harbour - Jem Southam

We are pleased to be able to offer a series of silver-gelatin prints of some of these images in a limited edition. Part of proceeds from which will be used to help clean and scan the extensive archive of Jem's Bristol work which we hope will eventually find a home in the city where they will be both preserved and accessible. With this in mind, the prints are on offer below Jem's usual market value as he was keen that they circulate more widely and are more affordable.  

Prices start at £600 for the silver-gelatin prints and we have allocated half of the edition for portfolios of all 12 prints.

Please get in touch for further details:


  • RRB Photobooks, February 2023
  • Hardcover, 104 pages
  • RRP £65
  • Special Edition of 50 copies with Signed and Limited Silverprint
  • £275
  • Order here


Shot along Bristol’s harbourside between 1978 and 1983, The Harbour chronicles a period of significant change for the city which reflects the wider experience of loss and regeneration in Britain at the time. After centuries during which the harbour was a central hub of the commerce of the city and great generator of its wealth, through fair and foul means, they had largely fallen silent.

The end of that working life in the late sixties to the mid-seventies, left the sculptural presence of The Floating Harbour, surrounded by the disused and decaying dockland fabric: The cranes, the bridges, the pump-houses, the warehouses and in particular the giant bonded warehouses, the offices, the railways, the terraces of houses, the ship-building yards with their dry docks, the sand yards.

In The Harbour Southam documents the disused and neglected infrastructure, a brief period of calm after those centuries of activity, before the redevelopment really got going. It is an archival record of the architectural landscape rather than meditation on loss. The industrial life of the docks, and all the human stories it impacted, preserved in record but not mourned.


Limited silver gelatin prints, 12x16”, signed and dated to verso.

Edition of 20.

1. Hotwells Road, 1978


2. Sand Wharf, Hotwells, 1978


3. Offices, Albion Dockyard, 1979


4. Canon's Marsh, 1980


5. Bonded Warehouses, Canon's Marsh, 1980


6. Coal Agency Ltd, Canon's Marsh, 1978


7. Coaling crane base, Canon's Marsh, 1979


8. Bathurst Wharf, 1978


9. Travelling crane, Bathurst Basin, 1978


10. Bristol Bridge from Welsh Back, 1979


11. Broad Plain, 1980


12. Hydraulic Engine House, Underfall Yard, 1982



RRB Editions Print

RRB Editions is a venture from RRB Photobooks, providing high quality limited edition prints at affordable prices.

Jem Southam - SS Great Britain 1978

10 x 7.5” pigment print on 12 x 12” archival paper

Printed in 2023

Limited Edition of 100


Signed, titled and dated to verso


Exclusively available from RRB Photobooks as part of RRB Editions, this print from Jem Southam is a must for any print collector, new or established alike. RRB Editions provide a unique opportunity to own an affordable signed, dated and limited edition print. A high quality 10 x 7.5” image on archival 12 x 12” paper. This offer is limited to 100 prints.

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Print prices subject to change