Sparks: Adventures in Street Photography
A family is brought to near ruin by a pet python, an Icelandic advertising agency has a problem with a campaign involving a dead seagull, a Chiropodist desperately wants to stop examining people’s feet and dreams of becoming a Pirate… These are just a few of the many situations from SPARKS, a book that imagines the stories behind original street photographs.
“I’ve always tried to take photographs that hint at wider, hidden narratives. I’m more interested in suggestive moments than decisive ones. So SPARKS is a book of photographs taken over the past 20 years that now each have an accompanying story. As far as I know this is something that has never been done before. All of the photographs in the book have been shot on film, both 35mm and medium format. SPARKS has now been published by Unbound and Penguin / Random House.” (S.L.)
Publisher: Harper Design (November 6, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Stephen Leslie is a writer, film maker and photographer based in London. He has made documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on subjects as diverse as Spontaneous Human Combustion, gambling and an episode of Faking It that transformed a male ballet dancer in to a wrestler. His fictional short films include I Was Catherine The Great’s Stable Boy (narrated by Brian Cox) and To Leech (starring Jason Watkins, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Alex McQueen). In addition to writing and directing, Stephen has been a street photographer for the past twenty years. His photographs have featured in numerous magazines and websites and been used as the covers of albums, books and even on bottles of beer. His ongoing project about the festival of Purim was included in the Unseen London anthology published in 2017 by Hoxton Mini-Press and his first, solo book, SPARKS – Adventures In Street Photography which combines both his writing and photography has now been published by Unbound / Penguin.