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Tek Hod

David Ellison

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Tek Hod is a contemporary photographic response to an ancient tradition: Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Documenting a legacy of romanticism on one hand and industrialisation on the other, David Ellison’s photo series speaks to the complexity of the landscape’s tradition via costume and archive as well as the influence of... ​​Read More

Tek Hod is a contemporary photographic response to an ancient tradition: Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. Documenting a legacy of romanticism on one hand and industrialisation on the other, David Ellison’s photo series speaks to the complexity of the landscape’s tradition via costume and archive as well as the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The flamboyance of hand-stitched birds and flowers in the wrestlers’ costumes; balletic ‘backhold’ throws and ‘tekkin hod’ grips; crowds moving with the weight of sparring bodies and wind from the Cumbrian fells. Ellison’s images are full of contrasts: here, intricate embroidery meets waning monoliths of rural masculinity in tableaux transported from another era. This book examines a kind of double struggle — against an opponent, and against the threat of dwindling tradition — epitomised within the grasp of Ellison’s wrestlers.

Published by CentreCentre
17 x 24 cm
Hardcover
144 pages
1st Edition, 700 copies
2020
English
ISBN 978-1-9164121-5-6
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