A visual investigation of the author’s family history, The Longest Way Round assembles his own contemporary photographs alongside his deceased parents’ historical pictures, family letters and wartime documents. Central themes are love and war; Chris’s father Peter was a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII, his mother was a GI bride, and the after-effects of the war lingered within the family.
This intimate book addresses subjects of personal identity and memory, and offers potential for a sense of closure on the past.
London-based Chris Dorley-Brown is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, media technologist and archivist. He has published and exhibited widely and his work is held in public collections of the Wellcome Trust, Museum of London, BBC Archives, London Borough of Hackney Archives and Tower Hamlets Archives.
The Longest Way Round is held in the following collections:
- The British Library (UK)
- George Eastman Museum, Richard & Ronay Menschel Library (Rochester, USA)
- ICP Library (New York, USA)
- Library & Archives Canada (Ottawa)
- The National Art Library at the V&A (London, UK)
- The Library Project (Dublin, Ireland)
- Walker Art Center Library (Minneapolis, USA)