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GARRY STUART Hirael, North Wales 1976

Hirael, North Wales 1976 was published in 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a first edition.

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GARRY STUART Hirael, North Wales 1976

GARRY STUART Hirael, North Wales 1976 is a Café Royal Books publication.

Hirael, North Wales 19765 was published in 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a first edition.

“Hirael is a small district of Bangor in North Wales. It grew up around Hirael Bay and Port Penrhyn initially as a fishing community and later on as a port servicing the flourishing slate industry. The area and its community were distinct from the rest of Bangor and its academic colleges.

The people of Hirael (referred to as ’Sibols’ by the rest of Bangor’s inhabitants) were a proud and stoical lot happy to be considered separate. The elder generation went through two World Wars with a deep recession in-between and were no strangers to hardship and austerity. Yet they were not some down on its luck deprived area. In a tight knit Welsh Chapel community pride in their appearance and good family name was paramount.

The people of Hirael looked you directly in the eye and fixed you with an honest gaze their life experiences etched into their faces and a wry smile never very far away from breaking out. However their community housed in small stone built terraced cottages was being eroded on all sides by ‘progress’ and it was evident that this unique Welsh sub society would not survive the changes.

Hopefully my photographs of the people on their streets and in their homes in 1976 capture their character and spirit before they were washed away by the tides of time.” – Garry Stuart


Published By Café Royal Books

Café Royal Books is an independent publishing house set up by Craig Atkinson in 2005. He is based in Southport, England. CRB release regular publications with the broad subject of British Documentary Photography since 1960. This includes international photographers who work within the British Isles. Alongside photographers from the British Isles who work internationally. There are a few exceptions, with titles that sit alongside this general theme.

This type of work has historically been neglected by both photographers and institutions. Café Royal Books aim is to source, gather, and re/present this work as a collective whole. And, thus, give it a wider audience. CRB publish at least one title every week, presenting, generally, one series by one photographer.

The books combine elements of zines, photobooks, artist books and educational resource. The books are affordable, democratic, utilitarian and useful. They come out regularly and in small editions. So, great to collect.

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28 pages

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14 x 20 cm


Café Royal Books


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