Another Country British Documentary Photography Since 1945

Gerry Badger, Martin Parr

From the Second World War to Brexit and Covid-19, a vividly written, generously illustrated history of British documentary photography by renowned writer and critic Gerry Badger.

Another Country offers a lively, vital rethinking of British documentary photography over the last seven decades. This collection includes a diverse range of photographers working in an exciting array of photographic and artistic modes, encompassing images from iconic reportage to photo-text pieces, from self-portraits to political photo-collages.

As Britain takes an increasingly significant place in the history of documentary photography, award-winning photography writer and critic Gerry Badger brings vital context and breadth to the conversation. Organized chronologically, each chapter spans a particular period of social and cultural history, focusing on the major photographers, figures, institutions, publications, and galleries that shaped the photographic climate of their time, as well as the broader tastes of the era. Chapter-by-chapter picture sections present famous works alongside forgotten masterpieces, interspersed with focused commentaries on selected photographs. This multilayered approach provides a rich understanding of the evolution and sheer variety of British documentary photography.

A must-have for anyone interested in the history of photography, this book is a comprehensive overview of how photographers and photo- artists have depicted Britain and British society over the last seventy years.


Exhilarating… Those interested in documentary photo trends encompassing the UK and beyond will value this title.

— Library Journal


Gerry Badger


Gerry Badger is a writer, photographer, curator, and critic. His previous publications include The Photobook: A History (vols 1–3), with Martin Parr, and The Genius of Photography, which accompanied a BBC television series.  In 2018, he received the Royal Photographic Society’s J Dudley Johnston Medal for achievement in photographic criticism.

Martin Parr