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Facebook Pix : Ukraine Protest Rally, Nottingham. June 2024

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Speech: Shuguftah Quddoos, Sheriff of Nottingham

Shuguftah Quddoos, Sheriff of Nottingham at Ukraine Rally Samsung S24 Ultra – 4K Video 3840 x2160 #ukraine #rally #protest #nottingham #samsung #s24ultra

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Speech: Nadia Whittome

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The Library of Birmingham hosts a world class photo collection. Unfortunately, most of it is sitting in boxes

‘An archive is nothing if it’s not publicly accessible’ By Rachel Segal Hamilton 1855. Crimea. A sepia-hued scene shows sail boats docked in a bay, while British army tents cluster the shoreline. 1970. England. A stylish young Black woman poses … Continue reading

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40 Years of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge: From Anarchy to State Repression to ‘Managed Open Access’

Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal. To celebrate the summer solstice today, I encourage you read my article from June 1, Joys and … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice

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Woodthorpe in Black & White 2

Woodthorpe in Black & White 2 Woodthorpe Park, Nottingham #landscape #woodthorpe #park #trees #nottingham #bw #bwphotography #photography #nikon #Z9

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Woodthorpe in Black & White, Nottingham

Woodthorpe in Black & White, Nottingham #landscape #woodthorpe #park #trees #nottingham #bw #bwphotography #photography #nikon #Z9

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Open call for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller photographers

I have applied today, wish me luck 🙂 For the upcoming book ‘Roaming Britain: Gypsy, Traveller, and nomadic communities in the British built environment’, RIBA will be commissioning a photo essay from a photographer of Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller heritage. … Continue reading

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Facebook Pix : The Berlin Wall

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Facebook Pix : Berlin Wall, Eastside Gallery

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Berlin Wall ‘street art’, Eastside Gallery

Some element of the wall have been kept, to remind all of the horrors of the time. Samsung S24 Ultra – 4K Video 3840 x2160 #berlin #wall# #art #escape #eastsidegallery #affecting #samsung #S24ultra

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Landing at Berlin Airport

Landing at Berlin Airport from Nottingham / East Midlands Airport Samsung S24 Ultra – 4K Video 3840 x2160 #airport #aircraft #ryanair #landing #berlin #samsung #S24ultra

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An evening of celebration for NTU’s Alumni and Industry Fellows

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) alumni team recently hosted their annual Celebration event – recognising the outstanding achievements of the Alumni and Industry Fellows who volunteer their time to support NTU students. The Alumni and Industry Fellowship Programme is comprised of … Continue reading

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Green Hustle, Nottingham

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British photography

Gosh! I get a mention in this academic piece on ‘British Photography’ under ‘The 1970’s and 80s: the political turn’. Am in good company here! British photography refers to the tradition of photographic work undertaken by committed photographers and photographic artists in the British Isles. This includes those notable photographers from Europe who have made their home in Britain and contributed so strongly to the nation’s photographic tradition, such as Oscar Rejlander, Bill Brandt, Hugo van Wadenoyen, Ida Kar, Anya Teixeira and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. The 1800s: invention and popularisation Many technical innovations in photography were undertaken in Britain during the 19th century, notably by William Fox Talbot and Frederick Scott Archer. Early aesthetic breakthroughs were made by Lewis Carroll, Hill & Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron and the Pre-Raphaelite photographers, and the “father of art photography” Oscar Gustave Rejlander. Travelling photography under adverse conditions was pioneered by war photographer Roger Fenton, and brought to a high level in England by Francis Frith and others. There were a number of local photographic societies scattered throughout Britain, often holding large annual public exhibitions; yet photography was mostly deemed at that time to be a science and a ‘useful craft’, and attempts at making a fine art photography almost always followed the conventions of paintings or theatre tableaux. There were also early earnest attempts at “trick photography”: notably of spiritualist apparitions and ghosts. Studio and travelling photographers had flourished in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but the developing technology eventually allowed the mass-market commercialisation of cameras. With the introduction of the Box Brownie, casual snapshot photography became an accepted feature of British middle-class life from around 1905. =1845–1945: a century of anthropological documentary= British photography has long had a fascination with recording, ‘in situ’, the lives and traditions of the working class in Britain. This can be traced back to Hill & Adamson‘s 1840s records of the fishermen of Newhaven, John Thomson‘s photography for the famous book “Street Life in London” (1876), the street urchin photography of Dr. Barnardo‘s charity campaigns, Peter Henry Emerson’s 1880s pictures of rural life in the East Anglian fenlands, and Sir Benjamin Stone‘s surreal pictures of English folkloric traditions. This Victorian tradition was forgotten once modernism began to flourish from around 1905, but it appeared again in the “documentary” (a word coined in the 1920s by John Grierson) movement of the early and mid 20th century in activities such as Mass Observation, the photography of Humphrey Spender, and the associated early surrealist movement. Documentary pictures of the working people of Britain were later commercialised and popularised by the mass-circulation “picture magazines” of 1930s and 1940s such as “Picture Post”. The “Post” and similar magazines provided a living for notable photographers such as Bill Brandt and Bert Hardy. Also very notable is George Rodger’s London work for the US magazine “Life.” These large-format picture magazines served covertly as a “education in what a good photograph should look like” for their readers, something that was otherwise totally lacking. The British documentary movement contributed strongly to the poetic nature of some wartime early home front propaganda, such as Humphrey Jennings’ approach to film. 1945–1965: the post-war lull After the end of the war, photography in Britain was at a very low ebb. Due to post-war shortages and rationing it was not until about 1954 that it became easy to buy photographic equipment and consumables. As new cameras began to appear, there was debate over the ability to take ‘good’ pictures using old pre-war cameras. This argument was famously answered by “Picture Post” photographer Bert Hardy, who went to the seaside with a simple old Box Brownie camera and came back with some of the most memorable images of England in the mid 1950s. The pre-war picture magazines such as “Picture Post” declined rapidly in quality, and “Picture Post” eventually closed in 1957. Yet the desire to continue the photographic recording of everyday pleasures was evident in the 1950s Southam Street work of Roger Mayne, and also in the early 1960s in the work of Tony Ray-Jones (his “A Day Off”, 1974). Ray-Jones is known to have scoured London for the then uncollected photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone, one example of the piecemeal but growing awareness of the work of earlier British photographers. Ray-Jones’s extensive legacy in turning the mundane into the surreal can be seen in the 1990s work of contemporary photographers of everyday life and leisure, such as Homer Sykes, Tom Wood, Richard Billingham and Martin Parr. The 1960s: fashion and royalty The tradition of working-class and political photography runs in tandem with photography of the upper classes and British royalty, and the photography of the dandy culture of high fashion. … Continue reading

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Academic recreates photos by 19th Century pioneer

A researcher has used traditional equipment and techniques to recreate images by a pioneering Victorian photographer. Last year it emerged Ernest Howard Farmer was the photographer behind A Wiltshire Thatcher, which was used on the cover of the Led Zeppelin IV … Continue reading

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Thrills and spills during Cheese Rolling contest 2024 in the UK

Footage from the annual event which took place on Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, today (May 27 2024). Among the winners were American Abby Lampe who won the Women’s Cheese Rolling race for the second time. Among the men’s winners … Continue reading

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Facebook Pix : Pro-Palestinian Protest and March, Nottingham. 25 May 2024

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We humans and other animals live on this planet’s surface ….

We humans and other animals live on this planet’s surface. We are supposed to be here. However, since Enclosure Act 1773, we have fences put up around us with signs saying keep out! Travellers and festival goers have been acutely … Continue reading

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