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Paradise Park

Published by Seren

ISBN: 9781854112811

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Karen Ingham has overseen a photographic survey of Townhill by seven professional photographers and the people of the estate themselves. Striking images of a place and its people leap from the pages of this beautifully produced book. The variety of styles is enormous, from the colourful and painterly to the grittily documentary monochrome: this is Wales as it has never been presented before.

The photographs are accompanied by specially commissioned text by prize-winning essayist and poet Robert Minhinnick, who has produced his own picture in words of life on the hilltop estate.

Karen Ingham was raised in a peripatetic Texan oil family, moving across the States and into Germany and Norway before coming to Britain to study for a degree in Creative Photography in Nottingham. Ingham subsequently worked in film and television arts and journalism as a script-writer and director. Her award winning, screenplays include Salvation Guaranteed (1990 British Film Institute and C4) which was shown in competition at festivals worldwide including Berlin and Chicago; Crystal Blues (1993 British Film Institute and BBC Wales) part of the prestigious BBC Wales 'Playhouse' series; and High Winds And Acts of God (1995 BBC Wales and winner of a Bafta Cymru). Ingham lives in Wales where she lectures and researches part-time on the Photographic Arts & Journalism courses at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. She has recently completed a research MPhil and accompanying publication into representations of death and the body in contemporary cultural practice.
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