Academic’s image chosen as cover for Nobel prize-winning author’s novel

Book cover photo Magali Nougarede

An image captured by Magali Nougarède, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of South Wales, features as the front cover of a book by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.

Entitled Never Let Me Go, the novel was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is one of the most acclaimed books of recent years.

It imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England, narrated by 31-year-old Kathy, and dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school.

Magali, who is an artist and photographer alongside her lecturing role at USW, was commissioned to capture the cover image by London photographic agency Millennium Images.

After being sent an extract of the book, she spent an entire day photographing a model in front of a plain backdrop, capturing her spinning movement to illustrate the concept of Kathy’s chaotic thoughts and memories.

“I was thrilled to be the photographer selected to capture an image for this book – Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourite authors,” said Magali.

“What fascinates me is that his writing has a real economy of language; it’s quite understated, which is a quality I try to bring to my own photography.

“I’ve captured images for many different publications, such as advertisements and magazine articles, but to see one of my pictures on a book means a great deal to me – it’s a permanent object on people’s shelves; a possession that will stay with them for a lot longer, and I’m pleased to be a part of that.”

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