i'm d.s. ketelby, u.k.-based writer; you may have read me in 'banana wings' or elsewhere; perhaps heard me read at bristol lit fest, writers unchained (bristol), wells festival of literature, watchet music festival... occasionally i preach st. francis-style to pigeons, rats and other urban wildlife from the bench outside holland and barrett
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
twenty-seven word reviews of 'Britain in Focus' exhibition (Science & Media Museum, Bradford; with BBC4) and of photography collections by featured artists
Peter Mitchell, Mr and Mrs Hudson in Seacroft Green. Leeds, 1974. update (July 2018): twitter conversation about Leeds, Peter Mitchell, Shirley Baker, Quarry Hill, Red Riding etc here
'Britain in Focus' (Science & Media Museum, Bradford) - absorbing,
manageable (!) exhibition: Victorian pioneers (landscapes; tough industrial
lives); Edwardians invented fun and donkey-rides, our grandparents read Picture
Post, Jane Bown photographed the Beatles. Now we’ve Instagram.
(Exhibition open until 25th June 2017)
The Rural Dean of Stepney with some of his flock (1940s).
Bert Hardy's Britain, ed. Colin Wilkinson. Originally ‘fun’, Picture Post developed a humanitarian agenda during and after WWII.
Hardy was a leading talent, photographing London blitz firefighters, Gorbals
slum children, etc. Passionate; engaged.
John Bulmer, 'The North'. Moving
images (ha! Intentional pun) which also ‘back light’ two cultural moments – kitchen
sink drama (1960s); punk (1970s). Text documents “worries North’ll keep us out
Martin Parr, photograph from The Last Resort'
Martin Parr, 'The Last Resort'.Foreword attempts rescue from charges of
condescension; Parr was “humorous, fond”...? Unsure myself; this sometimes
looks cold, distanced - laughter ‘at’, not ‘with’. Loved 'Boring Postcards' though.
Vanley Burke, Boys on a See-Saw. Handsworth Park, Birmingham, 1984.