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The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 8:38
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Fascinating images from Wigan 80 years ago in this online gallery taken by photographer Kurt Hutton - two years after the Road to Wigan Pier was published - Guardian Link (2011)


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Re: The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 8:40
A backstory given by @SirWilliamD (5 Aug):

When he arrived in Wigan Kurt Hutton was hauled before the Chief Constable and local officials & asked why he wasn’t photographing Preston instead.

Wigan had a serious image problem following Orwell’s writings a few years before ...

Kurt Hutton visited Wigan three times in 1939 trying to get the photos for this article. He was obstructed at every turn by local officials and the police. In the end they demanded to see the prints and after they gave them back many had been confiscated as an act of censorship.

... Picture Post reprinted confiscated prints and published them anyway.

Addendum:
Kurt Hutton’s real name was Kurt Hübschmann (1893–1960) - he was born in Strasbourg and emigrated to England in 1934 due to restrictions in press freedom there. He became the lead photographer for Picture Post (London) until he was designated an enemy alien and interned ... for two years I think. He returned to Picture Post.
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Re: The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 8:50
I remember it being just like that in Bamfurlong 50 years ago, Beech Tree Houses, looked just like that and us kids went round begging in rags, wearing clogs and it never did me any ham ...
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Re: The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 9:11
I wonder if the pigeon was for the pot.
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Re: The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 9:14
Fantastic images and write up. Enjoyed that.

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Re: The Camera Never Shies

on Thu 16 Aug - 19:48
Ditto
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