“Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world.”
– Walter Pater
Grays of Westminster is not simply a famous Nikon camera shop, it is to many photographers around the world an institution. The Grays of Westminster name has become a byword for excellence. This book is an unusual and striking portrait of a unique shop. It tells the fascinating story of Grays of Westminster's development from its modest beginnings as a mail order company to its present glittering incarnation.
Gillian Greenwood's superb illustrated account of the history of the world famous Nikon-only camera shop and the history of the Nikon camera brand offers a fascinating view of this singular company. She vividly describes the building, the people who founded the company and run the shop and some of its famous visitors. Its anecdotal style provides an in depth understanding of just what makes Grays of Westminster tick. The introduction is by the celebrated society photographer Richard Young. With contributions from Stanley Kubrick, David Suchet, Heather Angel, William Cheung (editor Practical Photography), Garry Coward-Williams (editor Amateur Photographer), Peter Bargh (publisher ePhotoZine), Hardy Hasse (Sales & marketing Director Hasselblad U.K. Limited), Darren Hartas (former editor Master Photographer), Michael Bond (creator of Paddington Bear), Simon Marsden photographer & author, Simon Stafford (technical editor Nikon Owner), The Duchess of York and many others.
Publication date: April 2004
Publisher: Hove Books Limited
Normal Price £25.00, Special price £15.00! SOLD OUT!
Hardcover: 144 pages, 103 illustrations many in colour
A special limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author, leather bound of Grays of Westminster exclusively...Nikon - In the Company of Legends by Gillian Greenwood cost £100.00
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- Amazon Books
This is a wonderful tome about one of the world's most famous camera retailers, the exclusive Nikon dealer, Grays of Westminster. It's a story of how to create a formula for success, set against the history of the company, contemporary England, and the Nikon Corporation. Personal, historical and corporate timelines are seamlessly interwoven to form a rich chronological tapestry that embodies everything of relevance about Grays of Westminster.
It is perhaps only in London that a shop such as Grays could be effectively realized. In a city that has given rise to such luminary retailers as Harrods and Liberty's, the Nikon enthusiast and indeed the Nikon Corporation itself has found a shop of equal measure over which to rejoice.
Here's to the continued prosperity of Grays of Westminster!
Robert Falconer, Canada
I have to congratulate you on an excellent book. I was glued to it over Christmas and just could not put it down until I had consumed every last page, absolutely fantastic, I look forward to a follow up!'
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