Released: A Photographic Essay About Grief

RELEASED is a book of photographs and an exploration of the way we can use the medium to express our grief. Available in soft and hardcover and as a digital download.

A resource by The Good Grief Project

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In early 2011, Jimmy Edmonds’ son Joshua, was killed in a road accident while traveling in SE Asia. From personal tragedy he has created a moving and insightful book that reflects the way we use photographs in the process of mourning. It is also an exploration of the nature of photography itself. The “chaos of meaning" that Edmonds discovers lying at the heart of photography, mirrors almost exactly his own confusion surrounding the death of his son.

"I've long been aware of the intimate possibilities between photography and poetry and I wanted to explore how pictures and words could address some of the many conflicting emotions, images and visions in my mind ... and stories too, particularly the story of where Josh is now"

- Jimmy Edmonds

"... a profound and deeply beautiful work of art."

-Eileen Hansen (Author)


Jimmy Edmonds was born in East Sussex, England in 1950. He is a full time documentary film editor and a part time photographer. The films he has worked on have won acclaim and a number of awards, including a BAFTA in 2009 for Chosen (Channel Four True Stories), an expose of child abuse in an English boarding school. His own film “Breaking the Silence”, also on child abuse, was aired on the BBC in 2006. The “ash clouds” were first shown as part of the Lorca in England festival in Stroud, Gloucestershire where Edmonds now lives with his wife Jane and daughter Rosa.

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