How to behave? How not to behave? You can be the judge.
Oxford: The Last Hurrah, by acclaimed photographer Dafydd Jones, is a photographic account of the glamour, revelry and hedonism of Oxford in the 1980s. An intimate insight into the lives of students during the era of Thatcher and Reagan, Jones affectionately captures the flamboyance and care-free eccentricity of a bygone era, set within the backdrop of the university’s dreaming spires.
The pages of this book give a candid view of the parties, lifestyles and excesses of those that studied at Oxford during this time, documenting the formative years of many future public figures. David Cameron, Hugh Grant, Nigella Lawson and Boris Johnson are all captured in these images, in a simultaneously inquisitive yet critical account.
"I had access to what felt like a secret world. It was a subject that had been written about and dramatised but I don't think any photographers had ever tackled before. There was a change going on. Someone described it as a 'last hurrah' of the upper classes." - Dafydd Jones
Richard Ovenden captures the mood perfectly. “A World We Have Lost”, he writes in the book’s foreword, and we can only agree. But for better, or for worse, is for you to decide.
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