If I were asked which UK landscape photographer and whose book has had the most impact on my perception of what constitutes the finest in inspirational UK monochrome landscape photography, my answer would be succinct: “John
Both books are wonderful and page after page leaves me in awe of his remarkable craftsmanship and determination to create art with his Hasselblad 500CM, but it is Snowdonia Revisited that is really a tour de force in UK landscape photography. Sadly, John Clow is no longer with us and I regret not having had the privilege of meeting him in person but his work lives on and continues to inspire and move me as deeply as ever it did.
For those of us who have an obsession with black and white photography, equally missed is Creative Monochrome. Roger Maile’s publications were a magnificent resource, showcasing the work of many inspirational photographers and giving a platform to so many that would otherwise have slipped under the radar. I doubt we’ll ever see the like of John Clow or Creative Monochrome again, but at least many now discontinued CM Contemporary Portfolios and Best of Friends annual editions are regularly available on the second hand market at reasonable cost. All are worth adding to your bookshelf, grab one quick!