Looking Back is a collection of auto-biographical interviews conducted with the art historian, curator, critic and professor Charles Harrison in the years before his death in August 2009. The publication developed from transcripts of interviews conducted by researchers, students and journalists seeking information about Harrison's experience of significant art historical events, institutions and artists. He also documented his experiences in the art world, amassing a large slide collection of images of exhibitions he visited, art works he championed and artists' and critics' studios and homes. These non-professional photographs represent Harrison's eye and will be reproduced in this volume.
Widely acknowledged as a leading figure in British art history, Harrison took part in and witnessed a period of crucial development of the arts in Britain. Here, Harrison is interviewed by Jo Melvin, Teresa Gleadowe and Pablo Lafuente, Juliette Rizzi, Sophie Richard, Elena Crippa and Christopher Heuer and Matthew Jesse Jackson.