Tir a' Mhurain
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
In 1954, when the world was living under the shadow of nuclear war, the acclaimed modernist photographer Paul Strand spent three months among the people of the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, a community whose traditional way of life was under threat from a plan to build an American missile base. This collection of black-and-white portraits of Scottish people, landscapes and architectural details documents his stay.
The Poor Man's Picture Gallery
Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian Era
Popular Victorian paintings were often reproduced as engravings, but photographers also recreated the scenes with actors, to produce stereoscopic cards for commercial sale. Originally published to accompany the exhibition at the Tate Gallery, this slipcased volume explores the relationship between paintings, popular illustrations and cartoons (such as those published in Punch), and 3D stereo photographs. It also includes a stereoscope to view the examples, which are mainly drawn from the collection of Queen guitarist Brian May.
Wall Calendar 2020
A year’s worth of locomotives, from Manston pulling the Thanet Belle into Margate in January to the Queen of Scots leaving King’s Cross in December. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
A Year in the Country
Wall Calendar 2020
Late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of country life and work on the land offer a glimpse of the past and Britain’s rural heritage. Envelope not included. Please note: the May bank holiday has been moved since 2020 calendars were printed; each calendar contains an addendum slip with information on the new holiday.
A Sourcebook of Critical Texts 1921–2000
From László Moholy-Nagy writing on avant-garde photography in the 1920s to Joanna Sassoon’s discussion of the negative effects of digital reproduction of ‘material’ photographs, Sri-Kartini Leet presents over 100 extracts arranged by 18 themes including portraiture, the nude, commercial practice, landscape and the photograph as a cultural document. Leet introduces each chapter and provides notes setting every selection in context and briefly profiling its author.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the Belle Époch, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as monumental buildings such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace, Lindisfarne Priory, the Martyrs’ tree in Tolpuddle, and a water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, are a few of the historically meaningful places that were nominated by the public and selected by Historic England’s experts for the Irreplaceable project. Arranged by ten themes, from science and discovery to protest, the book offers a richly illustrated, multi-faceted history of the country, explored through the landscapes and built environments around us today.
German Photographic Cultures Across The Iron Curtain
From 1955, when Edward Steichen’s touring exhibition The Family of Man opened in West Berlin, and Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel (‘War Primer’) was published in the East, to the 1980s, this study examines five documentary projects by photographers Karl Pawek, Evelyn Richter, Rudolf Schäfer, Bernd and Hilda Becher and Michael Schmidt, looking at their work in relation to a world transformed by the Holocaust and the ideological, cultural and technological impact of the Cold War.
The Camera as Historian
Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885–1918
Elizabeth Edwards's study of the nature of photography and its role in the historical imagination focuses on the British photographic survey movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research has uncovered 73 of these surveys and looks in detail at 17, exploring a body of work that includes images of buildings, cultural events and traditions, working life and soldiers, but which has been largely ignored by historians of photography.
The Nude in Photography
The first photographic nudes of the mid 19th century took their cue from classical sources, but as the medium developed, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston developed new ways of looking at the human form. This well-curated survey is drawn from the collection of the J Paul Getty Museum and contains 78 works by artists ranging from Thomas Eakins and Man Ray to Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes grew up a couple of miles from the country's biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, inspiring a love of the railways that encouraged him to sign on as a junior porter at Trent station in 1956. He spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and this memoir recalls operations during the 1950s and 1960s and includes many photographs, railway correspondence and paperwork.
Classic Modern Traction in Action
Diesels and electrics of the 1950s to the 1980s increasingly kindle nostalgia among railway enthusiasts. Taken during the 1980s, the 150 colour photographs in this collection give a snapshot of the network at that time, with modern traction operating across the country, mostly in BR blue or InterCity liveries; and, as they capture the trains within their working environments, the pictures also reveal changes in lineside features and infrastructure.