Apr 20 2012: Fifteen Colour Photographs from a Souvenir Volume Documenting Socialist Czechoslovakia (CSSR, c.1957)

A girl releases a dove in the name of ‘joy and beauty’. Clean, new buildings rise in historic cities. Athletes and dancers perform mass synchronised routines on a sports field. Gleaming motorcycles promote the latest in industrial design while the steelworks and plants that enabled their construction are dynamically photographed, the camera granting factories and … Continue reading

Mar 13 2012: Beyond The Suspension of Disbelief (Surface Gallery, Nottingham, March 2012)

Baldassare Castiglione, a diplomat at the Italian court of Urbino in the late 15th and early 16th century, began writing The Book of the Courtier around 1508, as a kind of aspirational lifestyle guide for those intent on making their fortunes and careers in the field he had succeeded in himself. When the book was published … Continue reading

Feb 14 2012: Illustrations by Gisela Gottschlich from Die Schonsten Grimms Marchen (Germany, 1960s)

It’s no surprise these days to find monographs on the work of nineteenth and early twentieth century illustrators like John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter, Gustave Dore and Edmund Dulac, but for later practioners the process of recognition seems slow. A case in point might be the book represented here, on which the name of the illustrator is … Continue reading

Feb 8 2012: A Gallery of Thirty-Six Architectural Photographs Covering a Range of Styles (2006 – 2011)

There’s no real thread connecting these thirty-six colour photographs other than the fact that they all come from folders on my computer, where they’ve been sitting since they were taken, and the fact that each depicts a building or quasi architectural structure of some kind that has caught my eye and seemed worth documenting for … Continue reading

Jan 31 2012: Forty Further Electronics and Armaments Advertisements from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

Following yesterday’s first forty advertising pages from a handful of 1982 issues of Military Technology magazine, featuring a mix of obscure defence contractors and household names in domestic electronics, a similar pattern is seen here, as we encounter Ericsson, General Electric and AEG-Telefunken in somewhat darker than usual manifestations, with Electrolux expecially unsettling in this context, having transformed … Continue reading

Jan 30 2012: Forty Electronics and Armaments Advertisements from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

Yesterday’s gallery of photographs from a small range of 1982 issues of Military Technology magazine highlighted the industrial premises, various personnel (mainly marketing, finance and management) within the companies featured, and much imagery showing the research and development processes undertaken by businesses like Plessey, Signaal and Racal, among others. In these first forty advertisements from the … Continue reading

Jan 29 2012: Thirty Five Photographs from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

In 1982, when the issues of Military Technology magazine from which these images were scanned appeared, the traditional manufacturing of the UK and elsewhere was being allowed to decline steeply, while the kinds of manufacturing seen here – generally of electronic and automated systems for military applications – was receiving a very large boost in … Continue reading

Dec 6 2011: Pontin’s Advertising (from Holiday Souvenir Programme of Broadreeds, Selsey-on-Sea, 1967)

Following yesterday’s gallery of calendar headings and photographs showing a few of the delights of a Pontin’s holiday in 1967, as included in a souvenir brochure published for residents at the company’s Selsey-on-Sea camp, here we have what is, I suspect, the real reason for the brochure’s publication – a host of advertising by companies … Continue reading

Nov 10 2011: Welcome To Moscow: Moscau Sagt Willkommen (Sport Verlag, Moscow, 1972)

The images in the gallery below – selected from a full-colour glossy book introducing Moscow’s life, culture, sporting prowess and history in anticipation of the 1980 Olympics – are essentially the component parts of a pitch for international respectability at a time when the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia and the nuclear brinkmanship of 1963 were still fresh … Continue reading

Nov 7 2011: Contemporary Yugoslav Sculpture (Hayward Gallery, 1970)

These images are taken from the catalogue of the Hayward Gallery’s 1970 exhibition Contemporary Yugoslav Sculpture,  which ran from April 30 to May 31 that year as a co-operative effort, organised by the Arts Council and the Commission for Cultural Relations in Belgrade. None of the artists were familiar before I saw their work in … Continue reading