SILVERTOWN explores the psycho-geography of an extensive and spectacular ruin which once occupied over 500 acres of the north bank of the River Thames. Part narrative, part prose-poem, the text explores the passage of time through the complete disappearance of a site which once accommodated one of the engines of the colonial project. Badly damaged during the War, the site became a film location before its eventual re-invention as a retail park. The images, which span over 25 years, are accompanied by a text which references Borges, Starobinski, Calvino and Satre, who assist in transforming an aggregation of images and themes into a place that now exists only as an imaginary landscape, through which history and fantasy can be re-ignited at will.

Images and text: Allan F. Parker

Full colour, 72 pages, soft cover, swiss binding with screen-printed dust jacket, foil-blocked title.

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