What a treat!
The pictures on display are the work of numerous artists over a period of some 150 years, so there are many differing angles on what constitutes 'Street Photography', and this is to some extent dependant on the equipment available at the time.
All the pictures in the exhibition tell a story, either about the people, the conditions they lived in or how they made a living, from the cheery costermonger to the lady sipping champers at the races. Too often today we are presented with 'Street Photography' which just comprise pictures of streets with people, nothing more than that.
Particularly pleasing to see, was a panel of four pictures accredited to The Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society, my club, taken into the Museum's archives from an project undertaken by the club's members back in the '60's under the direction of Peter Wilkinson, the then president of the club.
For all us aspiring street photographers this exhibition is a must, it shows you what we should be aiming for.
As an aside two pictures stick in my mind.
One, a group outside a pub which included a character called 'Hooky Harry', who sounds like a character from 'Only Fools and Horses' and the second, more for its irony than anything, a picture of a West Indian immigrant from the '50's with a carrier bag advertising a store called Powell!
All fired up, here's one from the journey back!
WE APOLOGISE FOR THE DELAY TO OUR SERVICE.