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Literary London

Martin Rowson

Martin Rowson explores historical London through four very different maps.

Good Father

David J. Spear

‘My father was up early. Everything was in place: his books in their bag; each prayer and reading marked; his shoes shined, his shirt and collar, his cassock and cope pressed.’

A Sparrow Fallen

Dave Heath

‘a sparrow fallen; / blackness of pain shimmering / hard in soft white light’

Pictures from the War

Thomas Kern

‘Kern’s achievement is to have captured this despair, and the confusion of ordinary people forced to live and love and die in the middle of a battlefield.’

Cambodia’s Quest for Peace

Elena Lesley & Joel Rozen

Photographs accompanying Elena Lesley’s dispatch from Cambodia.

The Best of Young British Novelists

Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander's stunning portraits of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.

Dutch Landscapes

Mishka Henner

‘There is of course an absurdity to these censored images since their overt, bold and graphic nature only draws attention to the very sites that are meant to be hidden.’

The Nuba

Jack Picone & John Ryle

‘They show people denied access to markets that they enjoyed before the war, people impoverished by the fight to preserve their culture and to assert control of their territory.’

A Garden of Illuminating Existence

Kanitta Meechubot

‘Witnessing her death, I understand the meaning of love.’

Ordinary Light

Brad Feuerhelm & A.L. Kennedy

‘Why do I look? Why have I always looked? Because I have.’

Christmas in Bavaria

Jan Bogaerts

‘Bergtesgaden was, for some time, the home town of both Adolf Hitler and Dieter Eckhardt, the father of national socialism.’

Book Piracy in Peru

Claudia Alva

Claudia Alva’s photographs of an investigation of book piracy in Peru.

The Projects

Camilo José Vergara

‘Chicago was the first large American city I visited after I came to the United States from my home country, Chile.’

Halcyon Song

Justin Coombes

‘From this, I developed the idea of the kingfisher’s search for a nest taking place over the course of a day, and this day being a microcosm of her world and a greater search for home and for meaning.’

Photography: Svarlbard

Gautier Deblonde

A selection of photographs from the Arctic archipelago Svarlbard.

The Island

Stacy Kranitz

‘Family bloodlines run deep and often intertwine.’

In Romania

William McPherson

‘The images of the Romanian revolution – I had seen it on television in Berlin – were still vivid in my mind.’

The making of a Granta cover

Michael Salu

Granta’s artistic director Michael Salu describes how the new issue’s cover (Granta 111: Going Back) came into being.

About the Cover

Jake and Dinos Chapman

‘My attempts are mocked by the monstrosities that leer up at me from the page.’

Kwangju and After

James Fenton

‘Some people said they were not ‘with’ the students. They were not in favour of the use of arms. But they were of one voice in saying that the students were their sons, and that if the army came in the students would be put to death. That was why they kept saying: “Tell the truth about us.”’

The Last Hunters

David Morris & Candy Whittome

Images from a series of photographs that focuses on the lives of the crab fishermen of Cromer, Norfolk.

A Mystery

Charles Jones

‘Charles Jones took beautiful photographs of vegetables, fruit and flowers.’

Olympic Drift: making way for the Games

Laura Oldfield Ford

‘Walking around the perimeter of the Olympic site has become an act of remembrance.’

The Trial

Gordon Burn & Tom Pilston

‘There are constants in the media landscape, the images that, even half-seen, alert us to another excitingly dire occurrence.’

Preparing for war in Iraq

Seamus Murphy

‘Playing the game instantly bestows honour upon the players, with the possibility of new recruits for the American forces in Iraq.’

Home

John Burnside & et al

Home is makeshift. Everything we build, everything we name, everything we hold dear and would not have taken from us is temporary and in constant need of re-imagining.

Bolivia, 1990

Ferdinando Scianna

‘Photographing these people I came to realize that their lives are dominated by fear: fear of old galleries falling, of dynamite, of the spirits trapped in the mine, of tuberculosis, of the disappearance of veta (the wolfram seam), of the future.’

In Pursuit of Guzmán

Nicholas Shakespeare

‘They called him Presidente Gonzalo, but his name was Abimael Guzmán. I had come to Lima to find Guzmán, although I knew I wouldn't succeed.’

Frissure

Kathleen Jamie & Brigid Collins

‘The survival rates for people like me are high nowadays.’

Hazleton Public Schools, Pennsylvania

Judith Joy Ross & Liz Jobey

‘Growing up is learning how to take a stance, before the camera and before the world.’

Netherley

Paul Farley

For Granta 102, Paul Farley and Niall Griffiths returned to Netherley, on Liverpool’s north-eastern rim and the fringes of rural Lancashire, and to what remains of the housing estate where they grew up.

Pakistani truck art

Islam Gull

‘Truck artists transform village rickshaws, city buses and commercial trucks into a procession of moving colour.’

Brad Feuerhelm | Podcast

Brad Feuerhelm & Ted Hodgkinson

Brad Feuerhelm spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about the stories that lie behind his images from the issue and how his work is informed by his love of horror movies.

Out of It

Donovan Wylie

‘Every one of them had similar stories of pain and loss’

The East Anglians

Justin Partyka

For nearly a decade, Justin Partyka has been photographing rural lives in East Anglia.