Photo of the week No.36: Bampton Pony Fair, 1959 by Jane Bown

I’m starting the week with a new Photo of the Week. This, No.36, is by Jane Bown, a 1959 photo of Bampton Pony Fair. Appropriately, the Fair , in Bampton, Devon, is this month on the 25th.

A Jane Bown image of Samuel Beckett was photo of the week N0.22. So impressive was that a second one of hers was an obvious choice. This image has honesty, and the observant eye of a journalistic photographer. It’s the juxtaposition of well shod feet contrasting with the humble gate or fence is well observed. A worthy photo of the week, methinks.

Renumbering Photo of the week series, adding Nos.30 to 36

My series of Photo of the week reached No.29. While we were away I posted six photos in a series entitled Photography Week. Now, I’m keen to get back to one photo per week, and to help this along I’m numbering those in the Photography week series to align with the Photo of the week.

So here goes,

Here’s a reminder of the last, and humourous, photo in the renumbered series,

Photo of the week No.29: Banlieue, Paris, 1945 by Robert Doisneau

My Photo of the week No.24 featured Robert Doisneau’s famous photo – The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville, and the lovely story about it.

Here’s another Robert Doisneau photo, again true to his principles of capturing street culture, and photo-journalistic approach. In the Wikipedia entry for Doisineau is this quote of his,

The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. — Robert Doisneau

That quotation is appropriate to this week’s photo of the week by Robert Doiseneau, entitled Banlieue, Paris, 1945,

Photo of the week No.28: Austin, Texas 1963 by Thomas Hoepker

Thomas Hoepker is a photographer for Magnum Photos, noted for his stylish colour photos, and who has a Facebook page HERE.

I’ve not, however, chosen a colour photo from his archive, although there’s a controversial one described below. The photo is titled Austin, Texas 1963.

The image is of a teenage girl absorbed listening to music from a juke box, in what appears to be a quiet small-town cafe, where perhaps the only entertainment available is the selecting of music from a juke box. The girl’s absorption seems to capture the inherent distraction of youth in the 1960’s.

Below the black and white photo, is a video of the British Journal of Photography discussing with Hoepker his controversial photo of the 9/11 disaster in New York.

Photo of the week No.27: Montmartre, Paris, 1955 by Willy Ronis

This photo of the week is by Willy Ronis, a French photographer (1910-2009), whose work I’ve not previously posted in my Photo of the Week series. Ronis joined the Rapho photo agency with notable photographers, Brassaï, and Robert Doisneau. Preferring to work in France, and in Paris and Provence, and in particular to photograph street life in the moment.

The photo I’ve selected of his is Montmartre, Paris, 1955. It perfectly exemplifies his love of Paris, and of popular life, and a photo that’s not staged, but is of the moment. Undoubtedly this a photo of the moment, but how long did he wait for the perfect choreography of people. The woman in the window, methinks gives the answer. He waited, as she was watching him. That’s my supposition. [Click on photo to enlarge]. Ronis’s obituary HERE in The Daily Telegraph.

Photo of the week No.26: In Silvertown, 1964 by John Claridge

As a boy growing up in the docklands in the East End of London, John Claridge used his camera to capture the soul of the docks. His story is eloquently told in Along the Thames with John Claridge in the Spitalfields Life blog article of May 2, 2012.

Hatip: Spitalfields Life for photo

Photo of the Week No.25: The Mountbatten’s and Nehru by Cartier-Bresson

Photographed on the steps of Government House in Delhi by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1948 are, Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma; Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India; and Edwina Cynthia Annette, Countess Mountbatten.

Like most of us, I imagine, we appreciate a good news photograph that captures something of the situation of the people included in the photo. This is so in this photo. Widely acknowledged that Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten had a very close friendship, even speculated having an affair. It’s a very good photo from a master of photography, Cartier-Bresson, a believer in capturing the ‘decisive moment‘.