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Ian Beesley and Ian McMillan Collection: Bag, Notebook and Poetry Book


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A great opportunity to buy all 3 items we've created with the poet Ian McMillan and his friend Ian Beesley, the celebrated social documentary photographer - with a significant saving on the cost of the individual products. Included are the From Salt to Silver book of photographs and poems, the Contact Sheet supersize cotton canvas tote, and the Take Note Notebook. All items are exclusive to Salts Mill and feature black and white photographs by Beesley and new, hitherto unpublished poems by McMillan. This would make a brilliant gift for anyone interested in photography or poetry. For details of the individual items please read on...

From Salt to Silver - This beautiful and collectible small book features 8 brand new and hitherto unpublished poems by Ian McMillan, written in response to photographs of Salts taken by Ian Beesley. There are 23 of Beesley's photographs in the book, including the cover. The vast majority of them have never been published before.

Approximate dimensions of this softcover staple-bound black and white book are 14.6 cm wide and 21cm long. 

Contact Sheet Tote Bag - a supersize shopper with a digital print of Beesley's 1986 Contact Sheet on one side and a screen print of McMillan's poem 'Contact Sheet' on the reverse. The poem was written especially for the bag so it isn't in the 'From Salt to Silver' book. The bag is made in a Fair Trade Factory in India from unbleached 100% heavy cotton canvas (10oz / 283gsm canvas) from a sustainable crop. It's printed in Sheffield. Details and approx dimensions:

  • 35 centimetres long and 48 centimetres wide
  • A 13cm all-round gusset gives the bag extra capacity 
  • Long webbed handles that are both strong and soft

Take Note Notebook - featuring Beesley's Tags and Patterns (1986)  on the front and McMillan's new poem, Take Note, on the back. The poem was written especially for this object, both in response to the photograph and in the knowledge it would be printed on a notebook - so it is not in the From Salt to Silver book. Details and approx dimensions:

  • A5 Portrait Sketchbook  (approx 14.8 cm wide and 21 cm long)
  • Card Cover
  • Stapled binding
  • 40 pages / 20 sheets
  • 140gsm All-Media Cartridge Paper, acid-free and sized for extra wet strength
  • Made for us by Seawhite of Brighton, loved by British artists for their quality paper.

(Please note, we are also selling a selection of images from this book as limited edition silver bromide prints, hand printed, signed and stamped by Ian Beesley in his darkroom.  These are not for sale online, so if you're interested in buying one, please contact us.)