photographs by Marc Atkins

13big‘Illustrated’ with original text by Bill Drummond (KLF), Stella Duffy, Maggie Estep, Jenny Fabian, Mick Farren, Miles Gibson, Lauren Henderson, Maxim Jakubowski, Toby Litt, Julian Rathbone, Nicholas Royle, James Sallis and Neil Belton

£13 reduced to £7.99 (UK only) 1899344861
Large format (234mm x 156mm) paperback

Launching the new articulation imprint, 13 is a unique juxtaposition of imagery: photographic nudes by Marc Atkins ‘illustrated’ with text specially commissioned from thirteen internationally acclaimed writers. The authors ‘illustrating’ Atkins’ photographs in 13 range from twice Booker Prize nominated novelist Julian Rathbone to New York columnist Maggie Estep via Bill Drummond (best known for his part in pop/art unit KLF) and Groupie author, Jenny Fabian. Some, like Nicholas Royle and Stella Duffy, are rising stars of British literature; others, such as writer and biographer James Sallis and writer/journalist Mick Farren are relatively seasoned veterans. All thirteen were given a nude portrait and asked to write about what they saw. The results are revealing, occasionally disturbing and very often breathtaking – descriptions which also fit Atkins’ images perfectly.


After graduating with a first-class honours degree in 1988, Atkins pursued post-graduate studies at the Jan Van Eyke Akademie, Netherlands. From 1993-94 he was professor at the University of Windsor, Canada. Now back in London, he exhibits around the world. Aside from his celebrated solo work, Atkins is known for his collaborations with poet and critic Rod Mengham, lexicographer Jonathon Green and novelist Iain Sinclair.

His work has been published in books and magazines worldwide including The Teratologists, Faces of Mathematics (Panoptika) and Liquid City (Reaktion Books), and compilations including The Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotica and The Nude (RotoVision). His work has also featured in several television projects, including The Falconer (Channel 4) and London (Discovery).


‘More haunting are his odd images, reminiscent of Man Ray’s, of the human figure photographed in the intimacy of a curtained room.’ Tristian Quinn, New Statesman

‘Marc Atkins’ Beckett-like scenario suggests the hell of isolation. A man sits at a table in a desolate setting, his head shrouded in cloth blown by a wind machine mounted on a supermarket trolley. A neatly conceived tautology.’ Sarah Kent, Time Out