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The Land, 1975

The cover of the book produced to accompany the show.My memory is a bit vague, but the exhibition entitled 'The Land; Twentieth Century Landscape Photographs', at London's Hayward Gallery in 1975, was most likely the first major photographic exhibition that I ever visited.
It is certainly the first exhibition that left a lasting imprint on my visual consciousness.

Selected by Bill Brandt, it comprised 200 photographs of landscape from which he selected 48 to be included in the accompanying catalogue published by Gordon Fraser.

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Alexey Brodovitch Talking

Alexey Brodovitch (American, 1898-1971) was a graphic designer, photographer and teacher who had an immense influence on the lives of many famous photographers who have, in turn, done much to shape the way we view photography today.

You can read a good description of his background here, but perhaps equally relevant to this article are the names of some of the photographers who were fortunate enough to work with and learn from him: Tony Ray-Jones, John Benton Harris, Hiro, Lillian Bassman, Diane Arbus, Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, Lisette Model, Gary Winogrand, the list goes on...

These notes by Brodovitch, originally published in Photography magazine in 1964 and republished in Creative Camera in 1972, came to my attention following a request I received from a researcher in Italy. Their succinct commentary on aspects of commercial photography still applies equally today.

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Hugo van Wadenoyen (1892-1959)

Wayside Snapshots, 1947 by Hugo van WadenoyenYears ago, I came across a tattered little book entitled 'Wayside Snapshots' in a second-hand bookshop. Looking through it, I was quite taken by the style and approach of some of the photographs. It was by a photographer I'd never heard of - Hugo van Wadenoyen. It was published in 1947, I shelved it with my other photobook curiosities and forgot about it for a while.

Some years later, whilst researching Raymond Moore for this website, I discovered that one of the people that he cited as an influence on his photography was none other than the very same Hugo van Wadenoyen. This prompted me to look at his book afresh and to try and discover something about the man behind it. Well, there was precious little on the web that I could find, and certainly no in-depth appraisal of his work and contribution to British photography.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1918 at the age of 26; he was to become a Founder Fellow of the Institute of British Photographers and lived most of his life in Cheltenham. He listed his interests as photography, making gadgets and house decorating....

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Salut, Robert

Robert Frank - Creative Camera January 1969Published in the January 1969 issue of Creative Camera magazine was a portfolio of Robert Frank's photographs from his seminal work 'The Americans'. This was done to mark the publication of the second edition of the book, which was already described in the magazine as "the most famous photo-essay ever produced" and "An essential book for every photographer."
Like the majority of photographers, regardless of interest in any particular genre, I was impressed by Frank's work.

In a few of the following issues of Creative Camera magazine during 1969, Bill Jay, the then editor and close friend of Frank, published a series of short articles that Frank had written in the form of 'Letters from America'. There were only a handful published, erratically, during that year and I have never seen them referenced anywhere else.

They contained Frank's thoughts on art, film and photography. Each was always signed: Robert Frank's sign-off.

Here is the first, published in June 1969, Creative Camera Issue 60:

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