Following on from Bastard Countryside, Robin Friend’s acclaimed first publication, Apiary uses a cinematic lens to uncover the dark underbelly of Lewes, a town in South East England renowned for its wild, bacchanalian festivities around Guy Fawkes’ Night: the uniquely British festivity celebrating the failure of an attempted act of extreme political terrorism.



Publisher: Loose Joints 2021

Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints

Apiary is a shadow space, reflecting a contemporary moment where ideas of democracy, identity and cohesion feel stretched to breaking point. Friend uses the night as a metaphor to consider the rippling reflections of unrest, inequality and instability lapping the British Isles.

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Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints

By The Way

The song won the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Award at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.


Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog
© Robin Friend 2021 courtesy Loose Joints
Robin Friend - Apiary - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Apiary by Robin Friend is published by Loose Joints November 2021|132 pages | 245 × 245 mm | 60 photos | Clothbound embossed hardcover | 978-1-912719-31-0. Available here.

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Robin Friend (b.1983) is a London-based photographer who grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He divides his time between his fine art practice and commissioned work. His first book, Bastard Countryside, was published by Loose Joints in 2018 to critical acclaim.

Recent projects include the award-winning books Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios and Art Studio America (Thames & Hudson, 2011-13); a collaborative choreographic work for the BBC, Winged Bull in the Elephant Case (2017, with Wayne McGregor); and a National Gallery exhibition project, documenting the gallery’s wartime art storage in a Snowdonian mine (Manod: The Nation’s Treasure Caves).

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