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The Trace of a Trace

As the exhibition Conflict Time Photography opens in Essen, Germany after four months at Tate Modern in London, Graham Harrison considers some big prints with obscure titles with the help of The Violence of the Image, a book that examines the impact of war photography on modern society.

Tony Ray-Jones and the Lyrical Origin of Parrworld

‘Only in England,’ the inaugural exhibition at the Media Space, the London venue for the National Photography Collection, places Martin Parr’s early black and white project, The Non-Conformists, beside the work of Tony Ray-Jones who Parr cites as a major influence. Graham Harrison visits the Science Museum to take a look.

The History Men: Helmut Gernsheim and Nicéphore Niépce

Born one hundred and fifty years apart the achievements of the struggling landowner and inventor Nicéphore Niépce and the groundbreaking photo historian Helmut Gernsheim were inextricably linked when Gernsheim rediscovered Niépce’s long-lost first photograph in a trunk. Graham Harrison looks at the exploits of the photographer turned historian and of the brilliant, but ill-fated, Frenchman who Gernsheim proved was the true inventor of photography.

The Light Shone and Was Spent: Robert Howlett and the Power of Photography

Within a year of producing one of the greatest portraits of the nineteenth century photographer Robert Howlett lay dying in his Kensington lodgings. Finding the history books wanting, David White argues it’s time to reassess the importance of the Victorian with the modern eye.

John Angerson's English Journey

Published in 1934, J.B. Priestley’s English Journey became one of the most influential books in the nation’s response to the Great Depression. When photographer John Angerson retraced the writer’s footsteps three quarters of a century later he found a changed landscape, but one in which Priestley’s observations, and the observations of some great British photographers remain as pertinent as ever, writes Graham Harrison.

The Life and Times of Albert Hardy (1913 -1995)

Bert Hardy was the star troubleshooting photojournalist on Picture Post, Britain’s most influential picture magazine. But a story he shot in 1950 during the Korean war seemingly precipitated its decline and fall. On the seventieth anniversary of the launch of the mass-market weekly Graham Harrison turns back the pages of photographic history and looks forward to a reassessment of Hardy’s career.

Farewell To Greatness

Prestige for a new magazine, opportunities for two young photographers, and the reputation of National Geographic were at stake
during the media coverage of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral in 1965. Graham Harrison looks back. Black and white photographs David Hurn.

Working with Don

Whilst covering the 1988 US presidential elections for The Independent Brian Harris found his visual style changed after teaming up with rival press photographer Don McPhee of The Guardian.

The 2007 Press Photographer's Year Expo

The first Press Photographer’s Year Expo held in London in June 2007 was seen as a great success. This is a short article reproduced from the EPUK web site.