City Gorged With Dreams

I began to research into surrealism and photography in the late 1970s and initially that research was very broad. It was not until 1988 that I registered for a DPhil at the University of Sussex, working with David Mellor.

It gradually became clear that the subject was simply too large to deal with in one text and, by the time I submitted my thesis in 1995, its had been refined to ‘Paris as the Site of Surrealist Photography 1924-1939’.

A copy of that thesis is in the University of Sussex Library and an electronic version can be ordered via the British Library Ethos system (

Converting this thesis into a book was also a lengthy process, involving many negotiations and cul-de-sacs. The text was refined and edited from 100,000 words to a more manageable 70,000 words and was eventually published by Manchester University Press in 2002.

The book is now out of print, but copies can still be ordered from Amazon at:

Here I have included a scan of the contents page, as well as a selection of reviews of the book.

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