The Riverbed

Phenomenology is delighted to announce the publication of ‘The Riverbed’ by British photographer Ben Murphy.

In a remote mountainous area of south east Spain, multi-national, non-conformist individuals live out their versions of paradise in ephemeral, loosely bound communities, choosing migration to facilitate an ideology, in an attempt to escape western society. These photographs, made during extended annual trips over a ten year period, visualise how international neo-nomadic countercultural identities are represented, reinforced and maintained through the customised trucks, vans, coaches and self-made makeshift dwellings they inhabit. Reflecting on values and expectations of home, society and freedom, and the inevitable paradoxes, compromises and entanglements inherent in rejecting the dominant system, the work aims to ask what it means to live an alternative life on the margins of the mainstream. 

The Riverbed by Ben Murphy

The Riverbed Book. By Ben Murphy

64 pages with 27 colour plates. 

Foreword by Ben Murphy. Essay by Tim Cresswell

First edition of 475. £55. ISBN number 978-0-9957448-0-6 

Special First Edition of 25. Signed, numbered  and dated, with analogue C-type hand print, in recycled vintage canvas tarpaulin slip case. £400. ISBN number 978-0-9957448-1-3

Published by Phenomenology, London, UK. 2017

Printed by EBS, Verona, Italy

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Press for The Riverbed

Lens Culture 14 March 2017

The Riverbed

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Creative Boom 15 March 2017

‘Photographing the makeshift homes of “neo-nomadic" punks, hippies, anarchists and ravers in rural Spain’
By Emily Gosling

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The Observer New Review -29 March 2017

pp.16-17, ‘Communal tales from the riverbed’
By Tom Seymour

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Riba Journal online - 2 March 2017
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Diseño Interior - March 2017
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British Journal of Photography - March 2017
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GUP Magazine online - 27 February 2017
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Something Curated - 14 February 2017
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Plus Paper March 2017

‘Spotlight on Neo-Nomadic Architecture’
By Victoria Lampard

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Wallpaper* online - 9 February 2017
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Dezeen - 22 January 2017
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For more information about Ben Murphy, click here.