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Cross The Mersey

Photo exhibitions are now a regular feature of the online landscape, so shows that are physically miles from where you live can be viewed from cyberspace. One that opened a few days ago and caught my eye is ‘The Pier Head – Tom Wood’ at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery. Over the course of 25 years, the photographer took thousands of rolls of film as he journied across the River Mersey... read more

1001 Photographs

With only a week to go until Christmas, book buying opportunities are rapidly disappearing, so my final photography-themed recommendation of 2017 is one that purists may turn their noses up at. But there’s so much to enjoy in the newly-published addition to the ‘Before You Die‘ series on ‘1001 Photographs You Must See…‘ (Quintessence Books / £20 – but currently... read more

vivian maier 2

The story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is one that has fascinated the world of photography over the past few years. Like many people in the UK, I was first introduced to her work and her story in the 2013 BBC ‘Imagine’ documentary, Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures? That was followed a year later by John Maloof’s cinema-released documentary Finding Vivian Maier, which I... read more

thanks to the unthanks

The latest chapter in a musical story I have followed for the past three decades is currently being played out at venues across the UK. The Unthanks – sisters Rachel and Becky with a wonderfully sympathetic band of supporting musicians – are touring their show ‘How Wild The Wind Blows,’ featuring the songs and poems of Molly Drake. Regular visitors to this blog will know Molly as... read more

nick drake remembered

Forty years ago today, the singer-songwriter Nick Drake died. You will find many tributes elsewhere on the web and in publications large and small. But I thought you might enjoy reading a couple of previously unpublished pieces, written nearly a decade ago, about two encounters from my own journalistic pursuit of Nick. The first with his mother Molly and sister Gabrielle in 1992. The second with the actor... read more

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