Dry Hole – David Thomson


Year: 2022
Edition: First
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 24 x 17cm
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781907071904

Dry Hole is an intuitive selection of images extracted from a collection of Real Photo Postcards (RPPCs). David Thomson emphasises details contained within the larger frame of the postcards by cropping into specific areas – a subtle nuance of light, a stranger’s gaze, an impending tornado – where the mundane and extraordinary hold company in equal measure. The diverse collection of images elicits stories of past endeavour and adventures at the beginning of our modern age. A nobility of spirit persists amidst immense hardship, unfettered aspirations and hope.

The early part of the last Century saw an explosion in popularity for RPPCs particularly in North America where they were both collected and used as an affordable and efficient way to communicate. Their widespread use was fuelled by a reduction to postal rates and accessibility to small cameras designed specifically for this format. While many RPPCs were mass produced and used commercially a proportion were made by amateurs and stand as unique historical documents conveying life in small town and rural America through the events, places and people they depict.


Dry Hole is now available to pre-order – books will be shipped after October 17th 2022.

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