Paul Reas (born 1955) is a British social documentary photographer and university lecturer. He is best known for photographing consumerism in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s.
Fables of Faubus is a retrospective monograph of work by British documentary photographer Paul Reas, spanning 30 years and featuring previously unpublished works. Reas is part of the pioneering generation of photographers, that included Paul Graham, Martin Parr and Anna Fox, who revealed and critiqued British class and culture in the 1980s and 90s. Strongly influenced by his working-class upbringing in Bradford, he used humour and sharp observation to comment on a new corporate and commercial world epitomised by heritage industry sites, retail parks, and supermarkets.
The book’s title, ‘Fables of Faubus’ is drawn from a song of the same name by jazz composer Charles Mingus, concerning Orval Faubus, who was the Governor of Arkansas during the time of the US Civil Rights movement. History often presents Faubus as a dark force holding back social change – a similar such force is seen echoed through much of Reas’ work. Publisher’s Info
With essays by Stuart Cosgrove, David Chandler, Ken Grant and Val Williams | Published December 2018 | 300 x 230 mm | 240 Pages | 140 duotone and full-colour illustrations | Paperback.