Yesterday I accompanied Linus to the London Photographic Fair. It is held four times a year at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury on Coram Street in London and even though we have to get up early to get there before 8 in the morning, it’s a treat every time. 40-odd dealers and members of the public mingle in 2 conference rooms; I get to help at the tables, greet some of the people I met last time, and meet new people throughout the day. And, if time permits, have a little rummage between all the goodies on offer!
This time I came away with a book – ‘Photographers on Photography; A Critical Anthology’ -Foundations of Modern Photography series, edited by Nathan Lyons (1966) which contains essays by 23 famous photographers and their views on their work, from Ansel Adams to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alvin Langdon Coburn to Alfred Stieglitz. It has been just the thing I was looking for, as it seems to be fairly easy to find information about these inspirational people’s lives, yet little about their philosophies and motives to create the things they did. I got it from a great chap called Michael Rhodes – If you’d like to take a look for yourself at what he has to offer you can visit his website: www.photo-memorabilia.com.
The other thing I took away was a ‘Carte-de-Visite’ from an old lady. I chose it merely because I find her facial features quite interesting and the pupils of the eyes seem to be drawn on. These little stripes (not quite dots) give her eyes almost a snake-like appearance.
I have to admit, I’m already quite looking forward to the next fair!
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