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A landscape lost to time

PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 20 February 2013

Stacking winter oats at Goddard's farm, Thatcham, 1949.

Stacking winter oats at Goddard's farm, Thatcham, 1949.

A new book showcases the work of Reading photographer Eric Guy, whose images of rural life from the 1930s to 1960s document the changing face of the countryside...

Among the many thousands of photographs amassed in the collections at the Museum of English Rural Life, in Reading, one man's work in particular stands out. Staff at the museum say they are used to 'spotting an Eric Guy.' That's because there is something quite unique about the quality of the work of this Reading-based photographer.

Guy's intimate understanding of the town and the surrounding areas allowed him to record accurately the agricultural landscape of the region. Through his images we can witness the mechanization that changed farming forever, as well as more traditional views of horsemen and their teams, farm animals and village life.

The vast collection of photographs held by the museum is a detailed record of farming and social history over the thirty years in which Eric Guy worked, and now their own Dr Jonathan Brown has carefully selected 176 images to compile a book of the photographs, complete with detailed captions. The Rural World of Eric Guy, price £9.95, is available at The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, in all good local bookshops and from Old Pond Publishing direct. Visit www.oldpond.com

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