Thursday 14th May at 7pm; Rossiter Books, Monmouth – Ticket £5;
Samuel Ryde is a British documentary photographer living in London, and travelling the world. Having studied photography until 2000, it has taken until now to show his first complete body of work, Hand Dryers. Samuel has an obsession to document the conventional parts of life we don’t notice; his Instagram project @twelvethirtyfourpm is testament to this, an eight-year body of work in which Samuel took one photo everyday at 12.34pm.
Samuel will talk about and show pictures from his book, Hand Dryers.
Simply the world’s most complete collection of hand dryers. Who knew that something so normal, so instantly forgetful, so remarkably unremarkable could be such a thing of beauty and intrigue? This book, based on Samuel’s Instagram site @handdryers, documents a stalwart of industrial design, an item so everyday and prosaic, yet each one with so much vitality. The evocative photographs, taken around the world from Ukraine to Los Angeles, showcase the variety of design, and their relationship to the environment – some ooze nightclub sex appeal and dazzle; some a clinical sleekness; others a work-horse charm. The stories they could tell.