Brash, flash in-your-face photography exposing smokers in their last days of smoking indoors. This 8.5ins x 11ins book is packed full of flash-lit images of smouldering cigarettes. In uncompromising style, documentary photographer Garry Cook turns his attentions on smokers. With stark brutality he documents their final days as free smokers, before the ban on smoking in public came in to force in England on July 1, 2007. A 64-page full colour photo book. These photographs show smokers in bingo halls, pubs, clubs and nightclubs before the ban came in to force in the summer of 2007. The photographer then followed the smokers as they were forced to go outside. Shot across England, from London to Liverpool and including Blackpool, Manchester and Preston. Five years after the ban, these images offer a stalgic look at a way of living never to be repeated.
Garry Cook is a UK-based journalist and photographer. His documentary work covers a range of social issues, from the light-hearted study of people at leisure to serious investigations into sex, religion and war. He specialises in using photography in digital and social media, including a video podcast called Love Town which is available for free on iTunes. See more of his work at www.gazcook.com