WHITTINGTON PRESS. RANDLE, John. ~ Slow Ride to India. 128 photographs taken during an overland journey to India in 1968 via Romamia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Ceylon.
One of 45 deluxe copies with a separate portfolio of 10 original photographic prints, printed by John Randle on his return from the expedition and kept ever since. 128 photographs reproduced on Tintoretto paper. Text printed in 14 point Cochin on Hahnemuhle mould made. Square 4to, bound in oasis leather and stencil-pochoired paper sides by Peter Allen. A superb publication.
Once upon a time it was possible to drive from England to India, in the days when there was a Shah in Persia and a King in Afghanistan, and the Khyber Pass was still negotiable. A succession of Land Rovers, VW Campervans, and in one case a Mercedes bus still advertising its destination in Berlin, made the journey in the sixties and early seventies until revolutions and invasions put an end to such adventures. John Randle made the journey with two friends in a Land Rover over a period of six months in 1968/9, taking with him his newly acquired 35mm Canon SLR camera and returning with some three thousand images taken along the way.
On return he spent many hours in the darkroom enlarging a small selection of them onto 12 x 10 ins. Agfa Brovira paper (the same size that they are printed in this book) and for some forty years they accompanied the Randles, and the Whittington Press, from London to Andoversford to Marston, and were then stored away and largely forgotten. Words of explanation about the loose prints for the deluxe edition are printed by John Randle on the colophon: “These unused prinrs from a total of about 700, though clearly demonstrating the photographer’s lack of darkroom skill,s nevertheless have a certain energy to them achieved by ‘dodging in’ manually, or rubbing in the developing tray, or other unorthodox means...” Most have exposure times and aperture settings pencilled on the back, and N,H, or S, depending on whether they were exposed onto normal, hard or soft paper”