Tag: social history

Celebrating 150 Years Since Gandhi’s Birth

Posted by Published on September 13, 2019

On October 2nd, we’ll be celebrating 150 years since Mohandas Gandhi’s birth. The Indian lawyer, politician, and social activist was the leader of anti-colonial resistance against the British rule, and is largely considered the father (or “Bapu”) of the Indian nation. We had a look at photographs from some of the most pivotal points in his life. Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893 for his…

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Religion on Film through history

Posted by Published on May 17, 2019

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.” — Buddha The world’s religions each follow a specific set of rules as defined in their historic texts. Discover our world of Religious footage, from ceremonies to celebrations, religious sculptures to art. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and a selection of other popular religions are well-represented in the archive. If you need some inspiration for footage of buildings, artwork or people,…

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Historic Nightlife In Motion

Posted by Published on April 18, 2019

“A history of nightlife!–what an interesting concept…activities that take place in the multitude of discos, dance parlors, and clubs…the way people live is determined on half-lit streets, in bars, and in smoky late-night restaurants.” — David Byrne Throughout history, nightlife has represented perhaps both the best and worst of many cultures – from the lively Jazz clubs of America to the glittering cabarets and theatres of Weimar…

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Solo exhibition: Neil Libbert

Posted by Published on July 17, 2017

This Summer, visit Neil Libbert‘s first major solo exhibition at the Michel Hoppen Gallery.  Here, we take a look at the photographer’s life and work. Libbert’s work as a photojournalist and freelance photographer looks back in time, presenting life for ordinary people and celebrities in a personal and intimate way, with his work mainly focused in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Background Neil Libbert was born…

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The Evolution of the Bicycle

Posted by Published on May 31, 2017

According to some historians it is almost 200 years since the first documented bike ride by Karl von Drais in 1817 and the city of Mannheim in Germany is planning to celebrate this bicentenary with a major exhibition. The answer to the question of who invented the first bicycle often depends upon the nationality of who you ask as over the years many people have contributed ideas and developments.  Let’s take…

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Capturing Saint Petersburg

Posted by Published on February 22, 2017

Step back in time through photography to Russia’s heart of culture on the brink of revolution. Early 20th-century Saint Petersburg depicts a divided city. On the one hand its inhabitants appeared to live a carefree life of  bourgeois pleasures, on the other hand there were demonstrations, destruction and revolts. Contemporary snapshots all capture a grand, booming city on the brink of violent political unrest. Between its founding in…

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November 5th, 2010. A freezing street in Lewes, East Sussex. A banger thrown by an inappropriately tiny child explodes between my feet (I lose composure), heralding the arrival of the annual Guy Fawkes’ Night parade, which is a really big deal here. It is suddenly very hot and dangerous, there are effigies and burning crosses, people in blackface drag barrels of flaming tar past our…

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