Karen Knorr's photographs, apparently faithful to traditional norms of composition, gesture, lighting and staging, are in fact resolute ambivalent: teasing their subjects whilst seeming to enter into complicity with their values. The four sequences of this book - Belgravia, Gentlemen, Country Life, Connoisseurs - form fragmented narratives that present and comment on a uniquely English society which knows, better than any other, how to create its own eccentric spaces, impose its codes, polish the veneer of a perfect art life.
The Introduction is by Patrick Mauries.
The book is ex-library with the usual stamps and markings on free end papers, publisher's page and text block edges. The jacket is covered with a film which has some general marks and light soiling but has protected the paper jacket. The book is excellent, clean and bright inside with text and photographs printed on high quality paper.