Following the success of his Suffolk Churches, David Stanford turns his attention to the neighbouring county of Essex, presenting 50 churches, chosen for their beauty, historical or anecdotal interest, in a series of captivating photographic portraits. The variety of the churches is breathtaking. The selection includes St Peter and St Paul, an ancient gem hidden away in the back streets of the London suburb of Dagenham, St Andrew Greensted Juxta Ongar, possibly the oldest surviving timber-built church in the world, St Clement West Thurrock, used for the funeral scene in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore, with its complex and dramatic history. David Stanford's atmospheric photography captures the spirit of these unique buildings as architectural heritage, as historic monuments and as places of Christian devotion.
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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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Author Biography - David Stanford
In the 1960s, David Stanford started out studying Painting and History of Art at Walthamstow School of Art alongside such figures as Ian Dury, Vivian Stanshall and Peter Greenaway. On graduation from the Royal College of Art, he established his own photographic studio, photographing a number of famous bands for album sleeves. Over the next 25 years, he shot a wide range of high-profile advertising campaigns and fashion spreads for magazines in London and Paris. He specialized in fashion and beauty, but also managed to cover everything from cars to wars, and even directed a number of TV commercials and film documentaries. He has recently returned to painting, but still travels extensively on his personal, eclectic, photographic adventures. He has enthusiastically embraced digital photography, and very rarely now uses traditional film. He lives in East Sussex.