The idea of Creative Camera without Colin Osman as Editor and Publisher seems slightly absurd. The magazine he helped found to promote the worth of photography as a medium of personal expression has passed through a number of evolutionary phases, undergone several metamorphoses, even done the occasional chameleon act. But it has always been watched over, guided and gently prodded by the same, generally benign father figure. We haven’t had many such figures in British photography, in fact I cannot think of any except Norman Hall and he belonged to an earlier generation. Good reason, then, that Colin’s absence from the helm should strike that absurd note. He was, indeed remains, quite unique.
Over time, I have collected every issue of Creative Camera ever published. As far as I am aware, it is only one of a handful of complete sets in the world.
I thought it would be interesting to assemble a mosaic of all the covers, from May 1967 (when it was still Camera Owner) until May 2001 (when it had morphed into DPICT).
Produced in 2004 and published by Creative Camera, this sketched outline by David Brittain aimed to show the key survey exhibitions, institutions and publications that formed the backbone of the British photography scene. Continue reading “Family Tree of British Photography”
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