Photo of the week No.49: Paris, 1925 by André Kertész

Here is the last of the four photos I’ve selected from the Twitter feed of aucharbon@alcarbon68.

Again it’s a Parisian scene at night, much loved by photographers. Taken in 1925 by renowned photographer André Kertész. The title doesn’t say, but the main object throwing the shadow is a pissotèrie  – [a public urinal].

Photo of the week No.47: Staircase of Butte Montmartre, Paris, 1937 by Brassaï

Here is the second of four photos I’ve selected from the Twitter feed of aucharbon@alcarbon68.

This photo by Brassaï in 1937 is of the Escalier de la Butte Montmartre in Paris. The staircase is a popular subject for photographers. You can read about the staircase on the Soundlandscape’s blog.

While the staircase is much photographed, Brassai’s image has an ethereal quality to it, in misty light, and devoid of people.

Photo of the week No.46: Sicily, 1953, by Fulvio Roiter

I’m an admirer, and follower, of aucharbon@alcarbon68.

It’s the Twitter name of someone who says is a hunter of images, a collector of graphics, and a thief of shadows. The Twitter feed is a wonderful source of historic photographs, mostly evocative of times past, sometimes poignant, and occasionally funny.

Now, having introduced it to you, I’ll post four photos that I’ve enjoyed seeing in successive blog posts. This photo is by Fulvio Roiter is of a scene in Sicily in 1953. You can see more of Roiter’s work on Pinterest.

Photo of the week No.45: Battersea Power Station by Bill Brandt, 1936

Oh my, the last photo of the week was in February this year. Not good, must improve, or stop classifying things as [something] of the week.

This masterly image, Battersea Power Station in 1936, by Bill Brandt [1904- 1983] is one of his London night scenes, many of which can be seen in his 1938 book, A Night in London. Brandt, although originally German, through a German father and English mother, moved to London in the early 1930’s, later disowning his German heritage.

Unlike famous photographers, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Edward Weston, Brandt did much work to alter his images in the darkroom, emphasizing tonal contrasts, and cropping images. Brandt is widely considered to be Britain’s most influential photographer of the 20th century.

Photo of the week No.44: Winston Churchill in his dressing gown

Winston Churchill in his dragon patterned dressing gown and monogrammed slippers at the Casablanca conference, Tunisia, Jan. 1943.  Churchill was recovering from pneumonia.

Standing to Churchill’s left in the photo is Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D Eisenhower.

Photo of the week No.43: Buzz Aldrin on the Moon by Neil Armstrong, 1969

On Monday this week I referenced an article in Atlantic Monthly which asked, ‘What Was the Most Influential Photograph in History?’

I was unimpressed by the choices of the professional photographers in the article. Perhaps I’m overly critical in that their choices could have had some influence, though I don’t know how much. Maybe, it’s the wrong question, for I don’t think a single photo, on its own, can have that much influence.

Anyway, I said I’d make my choice of a supposed influential photo. It’s taken me the rest of the week to think about it, and perhaps I was influenced by one of the photos in the article. I hope I wasn’t.

It’s a photo, taken during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission by mission commander Neil Armstrong of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon by the lunar lander. There are many such photos of the Apollo 11 mission. This is the one I prefer. It has it all, Astronaut on the moon, astronaut footprints, reflection in the visor, and the leg of the lunar lander.

A truly staggering achievement.