Peter Mitchell, Mr and Mrs Hudson in Seacroft Green. Leeds, 1974.
(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 of Europe.”
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.
'Britain in Focus: A Photographic History' (BBC4 series). Those books available to view at gallery - but associated BBC4 series also features Vanley Burke (British Afro-Carribean experience); Fay Godwin (politics of landscape), instagrammer Molly Boniface etc.
(Available online until 20th April 2017).