Month: October 2016

A photographic colour outfit from Boots C1950's

When colour meant paint it yourself.

At a recent auction, I bid on and won an auction lot which included old cameras and assorted junk.  I like these sort of lots so long as it doesn’t cost too much. You never know what’s going to be included in the junk, especially if you bid online. One of the surprises in the lot was  a ‘Photographic Colour Outfit’ supplied by Boots, a large chain of chemists here in the UK. Way back when they were also suppliers of developing and printing facilities and all things photographic for the amateur photographer. The idea was to take a finished black and white print and add colour to it by painting it yourself with a mixture of this range of 9 colours. I’m sure you will have seen some of these hand coloured prints in your own family albums. Some looking like garish cartoons and others more delicately worked with a fine hand. We forget just how recent it was that colour arrived, at least here in the UK. Since publishing this article John Meehan pointed …

Exhibition Review: HIP Hull 2016

The Hull International Photography Festival runs from 1st-30th October 2016. I visited the HIP Photography Festival in Hull on the 18th of October 2016. This review expresses the  purely personal views of the author. Hull is a port city in the Humber estuary on the East Coast of England. It’s famous for its university, docks, and cross channel ferries going to Europe. The main venue is the Princes Quay shopping centre. Opened in 1991, the centre is typical of a retail build of 25 years ago. All white tubular steel and many empty shops. Just as well, because most of the galleries in this venue are empty shops which no doubt can’t be filled in straitened times. Commerce’s loss is arts gain I suppose. And now to the exhibits… Smith’s Dock. Ian Macdonald ©Ian Macdonald. ‘Smith’s Dock’ is a large showing of black and white images by Ian MacDonald. The images were taken in 1986 and 1987 when the dock closed. All images were printed by MacDonald, some, the larger ones, were processed in his bath. …

Once a year: Homer Sykes

Once a year: Homer Sykes

Photographer: Homer Sykes Book title: Once a year. Published: 2016 Size: 240mm X 295mm X 25mm (Portrait format) Weight: 1572g Pages: 160 pages of images – some double spread. Plus 42 pages of explanatory text on images. ISBN: 978-1-911306-03-0 Purchase price: £30.00 UK Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing Website: http://www.dewilewis.com A fascinating and insightful look at the peculiarities of the British in the 1970’s. Are we any different now? In this book, Homer travels the country documenting arcane events which, as the title suggests, only happen once a year. If you are interested in documenting the British this is a splendid book to purchase. The pages cover events from January to December spread over a few years in the 1970’s. The resulting images document the strangeness of the British, mainly English, and also reveal life as it was lived 40 years ago. The style is photojournalistic with a strong nod towards ‘Picture Post’. A lovely nostalgic book. Coincidentally I had covered the Haxey Hood  – the event on the first page – some 40 or so  years after Homer was there.You can …