Photo of the week No.39: Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966

This is a terrific sports action photo of Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966, by an unnamed photographer. Formula 1 racing cars don’t ‘fly’ now, and nor do they race on the Nürburgring.

There’s an interesting discussion on who’s the best racing driver in history. The BBC questions can we ever really compare the F1 greats?

I think the simple answer is that’s extremely difficult to make a judgement, because of the changes in motor racing technology. There were great racing drivers in different eras.  Perhaps we should leave it like that, and respect the talent of the best drivers in their time.

Photo of the week No.38: Two brothers, Paris, 1945 by Robert Doisneau

This is the third Robert Doisneau to appear in my Photo of the Week series. I’ve written previously about Doisneau staying true to his principles of capturing street culture, and his photo-journalistic approach.

The Wikipedia entry for Doisneau has 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

The quotation is appropriate to this photo, entitled Two brothers, Rue Marcellin Berthelot, Paris, 1945. I particularly like the two angles in the photo, the slant from left to right, and the low down angle from which the photo is taken. I also like the affection that the older brother has for his younger brother. A cracking photo.

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,

Photography Week Day 1: ‘Maidens in Waiting’, Blackpool, 1951 by Bert Hardy

This week will be a quiet week for blogging. As I’ve accumulated a number of photos to add to my Photos of the week, I thought that posting one a day for a week would be entertaining.

In all of the 29 photos of the week, only a few have been by a British photographer. With this photo by Bert Hardy I’m correcting that balance. Bert Hardy [1913 -1995] was a documentary and press photographer whose work was published in Picture Post magazine from 1941 to 1954. He also served as a war photographer in World War 2.

Bert Hardy’s ‘Maidens in Waiting’, Blackpool, 1951 is one of his most loved photos. In 2011, the identity of the girl in the polka dot dress became a news story, as reported in the Daily Telegraph.

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,