Tag Archives: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe

A5 Research: The Myth of the Countryside Idyll

Our perspective of the English countryside is as a rural idyll; a place of tended pastures, thriving crops, cottage-fringed village greens hosting fetes and flower shows whilst bearded men with pipes, and pints watch cricket from dark beamed pubs. A viewpoint that could … Continue reading

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The Pose

Reading Susanne Holschbach’s’s essay The Pose: Its Troubles and Pleasures in Street and Studio (1) began a chain of thought about the evolution of the pose in portrait photography. In the nineteenth century photographic practices, especially in portraiture, were a continuation of the, … Continue reading

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People at Work and Charlotte Schrieber

I based an earlier investigation into typologies on people working on a small rural industrial estate on the Surrey Hampshire borders (here). The main reference point was August Sander (here) but I was conscious of a small number of other photographers who had … 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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