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BYWAYS. Photographs by Roger A Deakins

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A documentarian can approach the work with anger or sarcasm or irony, as well as love or compassion.

Beautifully designed and produced by Bologna's Damiani Editore, it presents one hundred and fifty-five previously unpublished black and white photographs spanning five decades, from 1971 to the present. After graduating, I worked in documentary filmmaking at first, feeling I was better suited to that than taking stills. Byways" is the first monograph on the photographic work of iconic Oscar-winning cinematographer Sir Roger A. Spanning five decades, the hardcover curated by Deakins and Damiani books is a snapshot of single frames from the beaches and coasts of England to field shots in Germany while on set. While admitting he has never been happy with the colour stills he captures, Deakins admires the masterpieces of photographers who excel in this area such as Alex Webb and Harry Gruyaert.

Byways is the kind of book I find myself picking up almost absentmindedly when I have some time and want to go exploring. Other Oscar nominations include Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2013), the Coen brothers’ Fargo (1996), Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997), Stephen Daldry’s The Reader (2008), Sam Mendes’s Skyfall (2012), and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (2014). The directors I work with understand the one angle that tells the story the way they want to tell it or one angle for any particular moment in the scene. The photographs of Roger Deakins , promoted by the Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Fondazione MAST and the Damiani publishing house. Deakins talks about why he gravitates to black and white photography, the inspiration for his book and shares his thoughts on iPhone photography.

I toyed with the idea of publishing a book on the English seaside, but I thought it might take forever to gather enough photos that I felt confident about. The book's third - and final - collection is of landscapes photographed all over the world while traveling for his cinematic work, in which that same irony remains evident". I’ve already taken some photographs and I get as much joy and kick out of it as I do after a day’s filming.He continues, writing, “The choice of when to take a picture in which of the resultant images has a future reveals something of us as individuals. Some photos in the book are purely there because they stand in for a part of my life shooting documentaries, like the round-the-world yacht race.

I’ve always thought about taking that photograph and on this particular day it was calm, the sun was rising – perfect conditions to take the shot. This is the work of an artist picking up a slightly different camera and working in a slightly different genre.Byways’ is the first monograph by the legendary Oscar-winning cinematographer Sir Roger A Deakins, best known for his collaborations with directors such as the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes and Denis Villeneuve.

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