Being Human

Being Human

Enigmatic Images of People by Unknown Photographers

  1. Robert Flynn Johnson
  2. Introduction by Alexander McCall Smith
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  • ISBN 9780500543726
  • 25.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 208pp
  • With over 220 illustrations
  • First published 2009
‘These are not just relics of a past age: these are real people, human beings with full lives, captured, for a single moment, in amber.’ – World of Interiors
‘Fascinating … intriguing and intimate’ – Black & White Photography

Anonymous photography has a magic all of its own.

The intriguing images assembled here are all mysterious – by turn poignant, humorous, erotic or disturbing. Their subject is the human condition and they explore every aspect of human experience – both public and private.

Over 220 beautifully reproduced photographs showcase the work of photographers whose identities have been lost in time. The images are never less than mesmerising, and include among them previously unseen portraits of stars such as Cary Grant, Richard Burton and Marlene Dietrich.

Complete with an introduction by bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this follow-up to Robert Flynn Johnson’s widely acclaimed Anonymous will capture the imagination of anyone.

Robert Flynn Johnson is Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He has been an avid collector of anonymous photographs for many years. His publications include Anonymous, The Plant Kingdoms of Charles Jones, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era and Lucian Freud: Works on Paper, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over sixty books, including the award-winning No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, as well as the 44 Scotland Street and Von Igelfeld series. For many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, he now devotes his time to writing, and his books have been translated into more than forty languages.