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Small Town In­er­tia By Jim Mor­tram, The Blue­coat Press, £25, 192 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-1-90845-736-3

JIM MOR­TRAM’S thought­pro­vok­ing book doesn’t al­ways make for com­fort­able read­ing or view­ing. His project, Small Town In­er­tia, crafted over the past seven years (and on­go­ing through Mor­tram’s web­site at small­town­in­er­tia.co.uk) shines a light on those who oth­er­wise may be ig­nored or failed by so­ci­ety and the gov­ern­ment. His work cov­ers dif­fi­cult sub­jects, such as dis­abil­ity, ad­dic­tion and self-harm. Small Town In­er­tia can best be char­ac­terised as so­cial doc­u­men­tary, but the mono­chrome im­ages in this book also rep­re­sent a stark por­trait of a coun­try in cri­sis. Funded through Kick­starter, it took a mat­ter of hours for Mor­tram to raise the funds needed for the book. The cur­rent edi­tion is all but sold out, but a sec­ond edi­tion is sched­uled for re­lease soon. For any­one that val­ues doc­u­men­tary, por­trait and black & white work, it’s a must-have. Amy Davies ★★★★★

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