Mummers, Maypoles & Milkmaids - S Hannant
Renowned British photographer Sara Hannant travelled the length and breadth of the country, capturing costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies that mark the changing seasons. She also photographed pagan rites at these occasions, bringing folk and pagan together. Hannant's acclaimed work shows a sensitive consideration of revived, invented and semi-institutional customs.The photographs are ccompanied by her thoughtful text. This body of work made such a strong impact when it was first published that it went on to be featurd in special exhibitions at the English Folklore Society and the Horniman Museum.
London: Merrell, 2011. Hardback with dust wrapper, 160 pages. New.
'Sara Hannant's remarkable photographs convey, with joy and compassion, the mystery, charm and exuberance of traditional English ritual.' Shirley Collins, President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society
'Sara has a rare gift for capturing peak moments in such celebrations the human participants emerge as vivid characters in their own right, adding depth to the drama and humour of the local seasonal rites in which they are involved. She is a genuinely talented artist, and a great boon to a scholar'. Professor Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol