Monthly Archives: November 2021

Five Facets of Photography – Doreen Spooner

Doreen Spooner (1928-2019) was the first woman to work as a staff photographer on a Fleet Street newspaper during a forty-year career, mostly on the Daily Mirror. Spooner’s photograph of George Bernard Shaw won the British News Picture of the … Continue reading

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Artist’s Portraits

The editor of the RA Magazine for winter 2021 has asked contributors to nominate their favourite depictions of artists.  Five have chosen works by photographers. Gabriella Boyd: Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a record of a 15-year period … Continue reading

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Joan Leigh Fermor 6

The story of the intertwining lives of John Craxton, Niko Ghika and Patrick Leigh Fermor have already shone a little light on the enigma that is Joan Leigh Fermor (‘Ghika Craxton Leigh Fermor – Charmed Lives in Greece’, see post … Continue reading

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Cormorants, River Cam

Walk from Bait’s Bite Lock to Clayhithe yesterday – sunny and chilly.  Dunnock, wren, robin and blackbirds flitting in and out of the hedges; mallard, dabchick, moorhen and mute swan idling on the water.  Five cormorants sat, gloomy sentinels, on … Continue reading

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Traces of Erewhon 6

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Sleaford War Memorial

Sleaford cemetery yesterday. Unusual War Memorial in the form of an angel. ‘To the glory of God and in everlasting remembrance of all the men from Sleaford, Holdingham and Durrington, who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1919.  … Continue reading

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Five Facets of Photography – George Rodger

George Rodger was a founding member of Magnum Photos in 1947. He travelled to Africa and photographed of indigenous people of the Nuba Mountains, the Latuka and other tribes of southern Sudan, in 1948 and 1949.  The results are regarded as, ‘some of the most historically … Continue reading

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Reading Women 8

In the final session of her course Britta offered an explanation of why there are so many images of women reading.  Her starting point was that the paintings are overwhelmingly by men. First, the easy availability within the family of … Continue reading

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Regenerating Beech

At Wandlebury on Saturday to enjoy the autumn colours. Found this beech regenerating with eight new sturdy coppice-like growths shooting vertically from a fallen trunk.

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Wisteria

The late autumn joy of wisteria in afternoon sun.

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Ambivalent Aura – Comment

I’ve now received kind comments on the book from Professor Caroline Vout, Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology.  Dear Brian I wanted to thank you, in my capacity as Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology, for your lovely … Continue reading

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Five Facets of Photography – Germaine Krull

Germaine Krull (1897 – 1985) was an avant-garde photographer, political activist, and hotel owner. Her nationality has been recorded as variously European, though she spent many years in Brazil, the Republic of the Congo, Thailand, and India. She is one of a number … Continue reading

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Reading Women 7

The centrality of the depiction of the human figure within western art set the context for the theme of nude figures reading.  What are such pictures about?  The body or the reading, sex or the intellect?  Are they provocative and … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 30

Spent some time at the weekend doing a first edit of photographs to go in a book recording my visits to Shingle Street.  They fall into 14 more or less well defined categories, hamlet, beach, percolation lagoons etc.  As always … Continue reading

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Five Facets of Photography – Miwa Yanagi

Looking for someone to include as an example of the art/conceptual practice in photography, I found Miwa Yanagi. She is a Japanese photographic artist (b 1967) who examines self-image and stereotypes of women in contemporary Japanese society.  In her third … Continue reading

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