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Picturing Lincoln

This is a brilliant article by Errol Morris on the last photograph of Abraham Lincoln, within days of his assassination. It is incredible that this man, so wrinkled and care worn was only 56 when he died. Is this a measure of how tough a life he personally had, or how better we age today? … Continue reading

After McCullin

I’ve just been looking at some of the images I wrote about in the last post, and it is significant how dated they look. Not in terms of fashions and style, but the content.  I grew up with images of Third World famines, of matchstick legged, pot bellied children starving to death. My mother used … Continue reading

Hiram Cronk’s Funeral

Hiram Cronk’s Funeral

I have just watched the film of the funeral of Hiram Cronk, May 17 1905 in New York. He was 105 years old, the last survivor of the War of 1812. This war has been largely forgotten, and every time I see mention of it in whatever research I am doing, I keep meaning to … Continue reading

Magic Lantern Pictures

Magic Lantern Pictures

These two images were given to me some years ago. They form part of a private collection, but the details of which I have long since lost. They are a valuable insight into 2 important sites in Bristol, and have an amateurish charm that I love.  I have no idea of the dates, but Arnos … Continue reading

The Painter as Arsonist

The Painter as Arsonist

The Great Fire of London signalled the end of wood as the preferred building material in the capital. Fear of a repeat caused the long delayed introduction of building regulations for the first time, and a massive building boom. Bristol never had a fire, which may have modernised the city faster, or it may have … Continue reading

A Day in the Life That Wasn’t

A Day in the Life That Wasn’t

On March 6 1981 an amazing and groundbreaking photographic experiment took place in Australia. Over 100 photojournalists from 19 countries were commissioned to record a single day of the world’s largest island. It was a huge and ambitious project, organised by Rick Smolan and Andy Park. Despite much of the work being done by volunteers, … Continue reading