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The End of Industry

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RRB Photobooks, August 2019
Hardcover, grey-green cloth
25 x 28 cm
164 pages
Limited Edition of 450 signed and numbered copies, including 5x4" signed silver-gelatin print
Copies 1-50 are the special edition, also including signed and limited 10 x 8" silver-gelatin print
ISBN: 9781999727567

First Edition £100 | Special Edition £450
Left: Bricks Drying, William Mobberly Brickworks, Kingswinford, 1983’
Right: Cupolas, Cradley Castings, Cradley Heath, 1983
Bricks Drying: 5x4" signed silver-gelatin print
Cupolas 10x8" signed and limited silver-gelatin print, limited edition of 68

 John Myers’ The End of Industry is the third and final volume of Myers’ work to be published by RRB Photobooks, forming a Catalogue Raisonne of his entire photographic output.

These photographs were taken between 1981 and 1988 in ‘The Black Country’ a part of England that was famous for making things from metal.

Changes occurred in the early 1980s that hit metal manufacturing particularly hard. A record number of bankruptcies resulted in high levels of unemployment. Factories either closed completely or realigned their business model to warehousing and retailing components that had been manufactured overseas. Foundries, forges and steelworks - not easily transformed into industrial units or office space - quickly morphed into housing estates, enterprise zones or retail parks.

The change was rapid and irreversible. A landscape that had been formed by the Industrial Revolution disappeared.

The End of Industry is available in a signed and numbered edition of 450 copies. Each book is accompanied by a 5x4” signed and dated silver-gelatin print of ‘Bricks Drying, William Mobberly Brickworks, Kingswinford, 1983’.