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BYWAYS. Photographs by Roger A Deakins

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Another of Deakins’ favourite photographs from his collection is one he captured of children emerging from a ghost train at Barnstaple fair in 1970. I spend a lot of my time trying to take street photographs, and with that you need to spend a lot of time just wandering around until something catches your eye. But how does the Oscar-winning cinematographer, whose work with Sam Mendes and the Coen Brothers has put him as arguably the greatest of his era, see the difference in his still photography work?

He’s captivated audiences with his cinematographic talent, now Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC is sharing his still photography. I went to art college and they put me in a graphic design course which really bummed me out because I wanted to be a painter – I suppose they knew better. Byways’ includes previously unpublished black-and-white photographs spanning five decades, from 1971 to the present.I guess I was brought up admiring the great photographers who worked in black and white, and when I started doing it myself just the processing of color and printing was complicated so I think that pushed me down the avenue of doing black and white. Others are images that caught his eye as walked on a weekend, or catching the last of the light at the end of a day’s filming whilst working on projects in cities such as Berlin or Budapest, on Sicario in New Mexico, Skyfall in Scotland and in England in 1917.

With Byways already receiving rave reviews since its August release, many are eager to discover whether another book will follow.

Byways' includes previously unpublished black-and-white photographs spanning five decades, from 1971 to the present. His British colleagues have honored him with 11 nominations and 7 wins at British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) events. In this book, the interplay with people and their environment creates a narrative in nearly every image. I have to say, I did a really bad job because I think I was supposed to be recording things for history, but I was taking photographs for myself and that is slightly different. He started in documentaries, shooting many in Africa as well as covering the Whitbread Round the World Yacht race that required him to work for more than 9 months as a crew member while filming a documentary.

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