Thames

Thames

From its Source to the Sea and Back: The Whole River in Photographs

  1. Stephan Kaluza
  2. Introduction by Peter Vansittart
  • ISBN 9780500543740
  • 28.00 x 46.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 272pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2009
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‘This wonderful panoramically wide-format book by the artist Stephen Kaluza digitally stitches together 30,000 views from either bank of the Thames … a strangely calm and meditative study of an ever-moving subject ’ – The Independent on Sunday

In this extraordinary book the river Thames is captured in its entirety.

In the spring of 2006 when the artist Stephan Kaluza and his team started to photograph both banks of the 215-mile-long River Thames from its source in the Cotswold Hills to its mouth in the North Sea the challenge was to form consecutive sequences of the astonishingly changing and varied riverscapes.

They went partly on foot and partly by boat and took pictures of each bank every few seconds, ending up with about 30,000 images which were then digitally combined: the effect is almost cinematic.

In spite of the immense scale of the project, there is an intimacy: it is like looking at the banks with your own eyes rather than through the lens of a camera.

The journey takes the reader along the north bank and back along the south, travelling through rural limestone villages, the city of Oxford, Henley on Thames, Marlow, Windsor Great Park and past Hampton Court before reaching London. It continues through the industrial areas of Royal Banks and Silvertown towards the mouth, passing the wharfs that made London one of the most important trading ports in the world, as well as the Thames Flood Barrier.

See the article and gallery of pictures in the Mail Online.

Stephan Kaluza studied painting and philosophy at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. He has exhibited widely in Europe, the Far East and America. The late Peter Vansittart was a distinguished novelist and historian.