A new book observing those on the fringes of society

To coincide with the Barbican Art Gallery’s new exhibition, Another Kind of Life, which forms part of the Barbican’s 2018 season, The Art of Change renowned publishing house Prestel have released a powerful accompanying photographic compendium, filled with compelling images from revered photographers who have each captured the essence of those living on the fringe of society.

Titled Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, author Alona Pardo, who is also curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, has concocted a fascinating selection of images. Acclaimed photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Paz Errazuriz, Danny Lyon and Pieter Hugo all feature – their imagery spanning across America, India, Chile and Nigeria. Each have cast their unflinching eye over the worlds inhabited by tansexuals, hookers, hustlers, bikers, junkies, circus performers, gang members and petty criminals – touching on intimate themes such as gender and sexuality, through to youth culture and drug addiction. Amongst the collection are remarkable photographs from the crossdressing retreat Catskill mountains in New York taken in the 1950s and 1960s.

The poignant book includes an eclectic amalgamation of candid street photography and reflective portraiture as well as traditional documentary reportage, these photographs following the lives of subjugated individuals and communities which in turn presents a diverse, complex view of the world.

See the exhibition until 27th May 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. Purchase the book, £39.99, from prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de