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John Angerson June 6, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

Repatriation Procession, Wootton Bassett, England 2010

John Angerson (b.1969 Bristol, England) started his career in the early 1990’s, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the changing geopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe. Since then, his practice has continued to explore the different languages of documentary photography, focusing on how specific communities form, shift and develop. His personal projects have garnered critical acclaim and have been exhibited at major art institutions in the UK and overseas. His latest monograph – Love, Power, Sacrifice (published by Dewi Lewis, Manchester) documented the Jesus Army over a twenty-year period and peers into a microcosm of fanatical religion.

About the Photograph:

The small town of Wootton Bassett has become the focus of the regular repatriation processions of fallen servicemen and women from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bodies are transported from RAF Lyneham and pass through the town on their way to the coroner in Oxford. Family members, friends and the local community assemble along the route in silent tribute for the men who all died within six days of each other.” This image is from the  project ‘English Journey’ a contemporary photographic journey that embraces the spirit of JB Priestley’s ‘English Journey’, by using the subtitle of the book: Being a rambling but truthful account of what one man saw, heard felt and thought during a journey through England.