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Wolf Suschitzky – Seven Decades of Photography

Some books grow on you. this is one of them.

I don’t recall where or how I first came across Wolf Suschitzky, but I do like those photographers who have documented life in the UK over the decades and Suschitzky is one such with a career stretching from the 1030’s into the 21st century. This book, Seven Decades of Photography, published in 2014 when Suschitzky was already 102 years old, collects a selection of images from his long career.

Quite apart from his photography the man himself is fascinating. Born in Vienna in 1912 to a Jewish atheist father who ran a bookshop and later a socialist publishing house. Originally wanting to study zoology, Suschitzky ended up studying photography influenced by his sister Edith, herself a photographer. Observing political developments in Austria in the 1930’s he concluded that Vienna was not a good place for a Jewish socialist and moved to London.

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Granularity 13

Potomac River, Washington DC / Konica C35, Kodacolor Gold 200

Landscapes 2

Church of Saint Sebastian, Ramsau, Germany / Sony A200, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8


Relax

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Manila Street Portraits 5

Here’s another set of portrait shots taken on the streets of Manila.

These two women were shopkeepers running small local stores on Wilson Street. At the time I didn’t notice the third lady in the background who was greatly amused by it all. It was only later when looking at the picture onscreen that I noticed her and was able to brighten up that part of the image.

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Landscapes 1

Starnbergersee, Germany / Sony A200, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8

Clinging On

Plants are tough. I found this out when I bought my first house and discovered a liking for gardening. Despite my heavy handed and often ill-informed efforts most plants survived my ministrations, and many even flourished. So I wasn’t surprised to see on a walk along the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown these plants growing in bare scatterings of soil in cracks and crevices in the concrete walls and rocks.

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Niall McDiarmid – Town to Town

I don’t read or watch the news any more. Somewhere along the way the news media lost their integrity and reduced the world to an endless cycle of win-lose conflicts between extremists. When I was a kid newspapers printed one edition a day and there were four news bulletins – morning, lunchtime, early evening and late evening. Time and space were limited, valuable, so editors had to think carefully about which stories to cover. Journalists had to make phone calls, talk to people, write up stories – they had to do journalism.

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Manila Street Portraits 4

This is probably one of my favourite photographs from Manila. The family ran this little stall at the end of our street. The menu largely consisted of every conceivable part of a chicken but I generally stuck to the pork. The grill is just off to the left where his wife is grilling my pork skewers. The glare from that fluorescent light in the background was a challenge when processing this picture and from time to time I still work on it to fine tune it some more. The nicest part of this picture is the little guy on the right. He was a shy kid and when we smiled at him he would often hide behind his mum or dad. I didn’t notice the big smile at the time and only saw it when I opened the picture in Lightroom later.

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Manila Street Portraits 3

Here’s the next set of street portraits from my time in Manila. These were all taken in Pasay around Taft Avenue and some of the backstreets of Paranaque.

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