Henley-on-Thames is famous as the centre of the international rowing world for
one week in July every year.
It is also an extremely attractive town, home to the
famous who own impressive houses in the area. Whilst rightly celebrating the
elements for which Henley is justly renowned, Portrait of Henley-on-Thames
looks beyond the stereotypes, to capture the “real” Henley, a town of strong
traditions and a vibrant community.
Award-winning photographer Jim Donahue’s images portray local business,
competitive sport, music and the arts and unique events such as the Mayor
Making ceremony and the annual ploughing match.
We are introduced to
Henley’s engaging people, from local brewers and shopkeepers, to celebrities
The surrounding countryside is also featured strongly: Henley
nestles between one of the nicest stretches of the Thames and the rolling Chiltern
Hills. These stunning landscapes are shown through the course of the four
Jim Donahue’s glorious photographs in this superb book make it abundantly
clear why Henley-on-Thames has been consistently rated as one of the best
places to live in Britain.
Originally from the US, Jim Donahue has lived in the Henley area for over
ten years. He is active in his community as a local councillor and leads a
local sustainability group. He developed his unique formula for capturing
the beauty of British countryside combined with community life in similar
books on Pangbourne and Whitchurch on Thames, and now uses it to
convey the beauty of Henley with fresh eyes.
Jim Donahue was the winner
of the Rural Category of the prestigious 2015 British Life Photo Awards.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 263 7, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2015.