Monday, May 30, 2011

O MERRIE ENGLAND


These are just too delicious to let slip by. From The Guardian - a preview of an upcoming exhibition of the work of Tony Ray-Jones, photos from the late 1960s, documenting English life "before it became too Americanised".


Butlin's Holiday Camp, Clacton-on-Sea, 1966



Brighton Beach, 1966


Beauty Contest Southport, 1967


Windsor Horse Show, 1967


Derby Day, Epsom, 1967


Chelsea Flower Show, 1968

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(Photographs Tony Ray-Jones, National Media Museum, SSPL, Getty Images, via The Guardian.)



3 comments:

marcellous said...

How much "Americanisation" is "too Americanized"? Seems to me the more accurate moniker is "when it was less Americanized than it now is."

Word verification: "mented" (as in, I suppose, not de-)

wanderer said...

To which the reflex less mindful answer is 'any'. Enjoyed the 's' to 'z', thank you. I'm wondering more and more if the absorption of a hegemonic culture is at best, or worst, relatively superficial, excluding the media and its crass ways. While styles may have changed, i suspect similar themed shots would reveal that the personality of the place and the people hasn't changed. Nor here in nanny-land.

Smorg said...

Ha! Interesting finds! :oD Gotta say.. having someone sitting around sipping tea in a shot would testify to the pre-Americanized time indeed. ;o)