Africa Through A Lens

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in News | 3 Comments

Africa Through a Lens | BBC

Came across a very interesting article on the BBC website this morning titled “Africa through a Lens”, that I wanted to share with you and spread the message about. According to the article…

“Thousands of old photographs from across Africa – as seen by British colonial staff stationed there – have been digitised by The NationalArchives and put online, in the hope that the public can help identify some of the people, places and customs captured on film.”

There’s a 4 minute slideshow which runs through the pictures with a commentary by presenters on BBC Radio 4. It’s well worth 4 minutes of your time.

Some of the images reminded me of the work of the great George Rodger, one of the founding members of Magnum (under-rated and overlooked a lot, in my opinion) and his work in Africa. You can view his profile on the Magnum site here.

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  1. Tweets that mention Africa Through A Lens | VISUAL THOUGHTS 视觉观点 -- Topsy.com
    February 11, 2011

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wideyed, Sean Gallagher. Sean Gallagher said: Africa through a Lens | National Archives release thousands of photos – Searching for info on subjects http://bit.ly/e2XQAi […]

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  2. Ed
    February 12, 2011

    Sean, that was fantastic, thanks so much for sharing it. I am sure Tim Allen and the others over at Human Planet would be fascinated too.

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  3. Sean Gallagher
    February 12, 2011

    Hi Ed…Good to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the link. Very interesting, I thought.

    Sean

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