Arcadia Britannica

A Modern British Folklore Portrait


A unique collection of portraits of British folklore enthusiasts dressed in their finery


ISBN: 9780500517970 Category:

Henry Bourne


Founded on pagan Celtic, Germanic and early Christian roots, British folklore – far from being a quaint anachronism – is thriving, and remains vibrant and relevant by adapting to new circumstances, with the ‘folk’ (people), and the ‘lore’ (stories) continually informing and influencing each other.

There are many recorded folk events, rites and customs practised in the UK each year, with some events drawing crowds of thousands. Most involve dance, theatre, music and a fair amount of good-natured revelry.

Henry Bourne’s folklore portraits, shot in ‘the wild’ at key events and festivals, take a fond look at the people from Morris dancers to practising witches and warlocks who shy away from a world increasingly disconnected from nature and those who actively celebrate a rich tradition that honours our connection with the seasons, the land and community.

Additional information

Weight 960 g
Dimensions 20.1 x 26.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2015
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.1 x 26.2 cm
Weight 960 g


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Henry Bourne is an international portrait, lifestyle and interiors photographer whose editorial clients include Vogue, The Arena Homme Plus, The Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors and Wallpaper*. He was assistant to Mario Testino before setting up his own practice.