ISSUE 50  |  White Christmas

Art & Photography: James Ravilious

December 15, 2011 7:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

Inspired by the work of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, James Ravilious began photographing in the 1970s with the intention of recording daily life in rural England. This sideline soon grew into a lifelong passion, and over the next seventeen years of his career, he amassed over 80,000 black-and-white images, capturing a moment in history when the rural traditions that had been handed down for generations were still part of daily life. To order prints of his work (prices range from £300 to £400), go to James Ravilious.

Above: Oak Tree (After Mondrian); Marsland, Devon, England; 1997.

Above: Farrier Shoeing a Horse; Bradstone, Devon, England; 1999.

Above: View Toward Iddesleigh & Dartmoor, Iddesleigh; Devon, England; c. 1985.