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The Days Out, the Weeks Away is printed on Zerkall paper with Joanna types. It is 36 pages, and includes nine photographs tipped in and another four printed on the page. The edition is of 500 numbered copies: 150 hardbacks signed by Ian Beesley and Ian McMillan; 250 paperbacks signed by the in-house binder; the remaining copies are available as sets of sheets, a nice three-section project, priced attractively for binders.

The Days Out, the Weeks Away

"It has been said that a photograph is the blink of an eye suspended in the closing of an eyelid, no more than a thin slither of time, place and event, frozen forever for us to contemplate, interpret and discuss. The words that accompany a photograph, be it a precisely worded caption or the handwritten scrawl on the back of a print, add to our understanding of that image. This relationship of word and image is something that has fascinated Ian McMillan and I for many years..." from Ian Beesley's introduction.

This book is a collaboration between a poet who writes with a photographer's eye to detail and a photographer who believes that words can enhance an image. The 32 poems and 13 photographs in this book are from the work created for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The subjects range from the babies who are part of the "Born in Bradford" NHS study, a study tracking the lives of over 10000 children, to the hundreds of people who are using the care of the elderly ward. There are poems to celebrate the opening of a new MRI scanner 'Magnetic North', a suite of 'Tree Songs' written for the cardiovascular waiting area at Bradford Royal Infirmary, and Yorkshire. Rooted in the Yorkshire soil, these poems and photographs stretch far beyond the boundaries of Bradford to touch us all with their keen picture of the circle of life from birth to death.

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Ian Beesley is one of Britain's most respected social documentary photographers. His work is held in many public and private collections including the V & A, the National Media Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. In addition to his work in Bradford, he is Artist in Residence for a five-year study on the effects of ageing in Bristol, and currently teaches photography at the University of Bolton. Find out more about the man and his work here

Ian McMillan is a British poet, journalist and broadcaster whose Yorkshire voice infuses everything he writes. A prolific writer, he is the poet-in-residence for Barnsley Football Club and the English National Opera and the Beat Poet for Humberside Police. You may hear McMillan's The Verb on Radio3 on Friday nights at 10.00 (BST/GMT)

 

Last updated 1 September 2012