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The Brighton Belle – Bill Brandt

For August bank holiday 1935 Bill Brandt and his sister-in-law Ester (i) were invited to lunch at Castle Hill (ii), the country home of his uncle Augustus, but, according to Paul Delany (1) thinking lunch would be “desperately boring” they … Continue reading

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A History of Hats

Reviewing Frank Meadow Sutcliffe’s photographs of the people of Whitby put me in mind of Geoff Dyer’s discourse on hats. (1) From his perspective the history of women’s hats in photography is a history of glamour and fashion whereas the … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Century Photographic Portraiture

Graham Clarke highlights the challenge ahead; “the portrait in photography is one of the most problematic areas of photographic practice. At virtually every level and within every context the portrait photograph is fraught with ambiguity.” (1) Even before we can … Continue reading

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