Photos from History

The BBC have reported on some really interesting antique photographs over the last couple of week. Being an avid photo collector myself, I thought I would share some of them with you.

The first looks at soldiers from the now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma (a century ago, all forming an undivided India) sent to fight in WWI between 1914 and 1918 in France, Belgium, Egypt and the Middle East. These have been reproduced in Santanu Das’ new book, Indian Troops in Europe.

The second collection has also been reproduced in book form. Carrying Off the Palaces is a book of John Ruskin’s daguerrotype images from around 1850, and includes images from Italy, France and Switzerland. The fact that these shot are upwards of 160 years old still amazes me.

The third collection is, for me, the most interesting. A photographer recently discovered upwards of 18,000 – yes, 18,000! – negatives in the back of a cupboard of a Welsh library. These images cover over 10 years of shots from the 1960s and early 1970s, and include previously unseen images of celebrities – singers Sir Tom Jones and Petula Clark – and the lonely village of Aberfan, a year on from the devastating mining accident that left 144 people – including 116 children – dead. There are happier shots among this collection too, but it’s an amazing snapshot of a time 50 years ago.