Nick Waplington: Comprehensive is the most extensive survey to date on the prolific British photographer and his body of work. Consolidating more than 600 illustrations across 400 pages, this volume offers an indelible glimpse into Waplington’s creative ethos, one steadfastly rooted within the complex and far-reaching aspects of our lived realities.
Throughout his four-decade career, Waplington has proven his dexterity as an artist, working across a variety of media, themes, subjects and emotional registers. The book, which will be his twenty-first and his most exhaustive, features a curated selection of previously unpublished works, including paintings, sketchbook drawings, musings and other artworks that constitute his varied and dynamic practice. An introductory essay by Simon Baker, the director of the European Centre of Photography (MEP), Paris, traces the visual acuity and depth of Waplington’s body of work.
The book opens with Waplington’s influential Living Room series. Shot between 1986-1990, during England’s Thatcher era, the series produces an unflinching portrait of Waplington’s varied subjects, candidly examining the socio-political backgrounds that define them and their surroundings
Other photographic projects, such as Surf Riot (1986) and New York City Clubs (1990s), document the euphoria, excess, and hedonism that saturate urban settings. From serenity to explosivity, intentionality to unpredictability, each image in the book generates rare juxtapositions between moments that otherwise seem distinct.
“Never, in any of his work, is there anything approaching neutrality in the conventional sense of the word,” Baker writes. “Waplington insists on the personal.”
Nick Waplington: Comprehensive defies expectations and celebrates the unruliness, beauty, and complexity that permeate our human experience.
Nick Waplington will be at Micamera on Thursday, January 11 at 7pm to sign copies of the book – limited availability!