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As 2020 begins to draw to a close, we look back on a selection of our favourite photographers, from classics such as Brett Weston and Lotte Meitner-Graf to contemporary favourites such as Carolina Mizrahi and Keith Bernstein. Brett Weston The American photographer Brett Weston (16th December 1911 – 22nd January 1993), was the son of another great photographer Edward Weston and seemed destined from birth…

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Challenging Gender – in Pictures

Posted by Published on October 21, 2019

Gender has been a popular topic in the art world recently, with many contemporary artists challenging the the socially constructed binary between feminine and masculine. This isn’t something totally new however. We had a look in the archives for people and artists that have challenged the gender binary in the last 100 years, in doing so paving the way for contemporary artists today. This collection…

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Summer of Love: Festival Season

Posted by Published on June 27, 2019

Festivals have become a staple during the summer months, with over a thousand taking place in the UK alone. Now mega-festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella attract millions of visitors every year, but there was a time when they were more low-key affairs, fuelled by the hippy movement of the sixties, promoting peace and love, and representing the emerging alternative music scene. Clothes were not mandatory, people…

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Described by the Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek as “the world’s largest and most democratic musical festival”, the Proms is a yearly eight-week treat for music lovers in the UK and around the world.  Starting in July, concerts and other music events take place throughout the summer months, organised and broadcast by the BBC. Since the first festival was organised in 1895 it has grown to become…

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen  Summertime has long been the season of fun and relaxation. Driven by the heat to wear fewer clothes and retreat to the sea (or nearest body of water), people find time to read, frolic and find romance. As this most beloved of seasons arrives, we take a look at our wonderful vintage photography of beach life….

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Around the World: China

Posted by Published on May 23, 2019

China, the world’s most populous country, is a fascinating nation rich in culture and history. There are over 292 different languages spoken in China, with around 56 legally recognized distinct ethnic groups. Explore the Bridgeman archive for all the things that make China so inspiring and interesting. See below for our curated selections. Please contact us if you need help sourcing anything from the archive.   See…

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Around the World: UK

Posted by Published on May 10, 2019

“Nothing gives the English more pleasure, in a quiet but determined sort of way, than to do things oddly.” – Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island Fish and chips, warm beer, curry houses, the Royal Family, and Sir Cliff – just some of the things inextricably connected to the UK. We explore all things British with images and clips from the archive. Take a look at the…

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Around the World: France

Posted by Published on April 9, 2019

“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French…” Edward Hopper   We celebrate la belle France this week – the country that embodies culture and sophistication, AND produces over 350 types of cheese! Take a look at the abundance of work from the great French masters,…

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Around the World: Greece

Posted by Published on February 21, 2019

“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek Beautiful beaches, glistening sea, white-washed houses, and the ubiquitous Frappé – just some things that are conjured up in the mind when thinking of Greece. In our Around the World series we turn our attention to this beautiful holiday destination. Not just…

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