More than 20 years of Clarke’s Homes of Football photography is brought together in this fab new affordable hardback book by Bluecoat Press. The third section features totally unpublished work for the last year.
Stuart Roy Clarke is considered “the best football photographer” excepting none. His expertise has been in distilling in glorious pictures what the game means to people en masse as well as intimately. He has even exhibited in The House of Commons. UK Prime ministers have waxed-lyrical about his work. Robbie Williams bought a couple. His simple pictures are authoritative, witty and technically perfect. These football pictures speak about the World game but are very much rooted in the country of the game’s birth, and transform looking at art into a wonderful accessible experience for a great many.
The celebratory images and texts in this book – every one by Stuart Clarke – are spread across 21 years and take in football at all levels including a whole chapter devoted to the historic World Cup in Germany 2006. The timespan takes the viewer through the period post-Hillsborough to a Liverpool FC in crisis, along with a whole bunch of clubs facing administration. The book reminds us why we ever ‘choose’ to love our clubs…with visual dollops of humour, patriotism, self-deprecation, loyalty…and sense of occasion.