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The International Association of Privacy Professionals who acquired my collection of 1984 ephemera, have re-published my booklet about the cover design of Orwell’s book. This was given to delegates at their conference in Amsterdam. Here’s their version (Right) with the original (Left). The original edition has now sold out, but you can download a pdf of it free from here.
I’ve made several videos using the photographs from my CCTV project – and here is the latest, which regular viewers may notice is in colour (see the last post). When I say “I’ve” made several videos I mean this one was made by Cat Gregory and is all the better for it.
If you want to see some more of my videos click here…
Following the clear out, when all the black and white exhibition prints from my CCTV project went to live elsewhere, I thought I should tidy up loose ends and do a set of prints to go into deep storage. This gave me a chance to re-edit the series and print them in colour for the first time. And – whilst I was at it – do a book of these colour versions. After a little bit of playing around I decided to print them as panoramic sequences, which is how I’d exhibit them.
Documentary photography site Photojournale published a very early version of this project and here they show the updated work.
One hundred years ago, a German submarine sank the transatlantic passenger liner RMS Lusitania as it neared Liverpool. 1201 passengers died, including 128 of the 159 Americans who had set sail from New York seven days earlier, died. The event event was seen by the British as a cowardly act of German barbarity, whilst the Germans claimed the liner was carrying weapons.
German artist Karl Goetz was so incensed by the British portrayal of events, he produced a medallion that satirised the British as cynically using passengers as a human shield, mocked the allied devotion to big business and the supposed impartiality of America. On the obverse side of the medal, the ship sinks below the waves, its deck is bristling with weapons. On the reverse side, unsuspecting passengers buy their tickets from a skeleton representing Death. In the background a newspaper headline warns of the ‘U-Boat Danger’ but goes unheeded by the queue. Above this scene an inscription reads ‘business above all’.
However, Goetz’s biting satire was taken up by the British to use against the Germans. British Naval Intelligence had 300,000 copies of the medal made and sold for a Shilling (5p) with proceeds going to military charities and the Red Cross. The British medals were packaged in a box which included the words which described the German original as, “proof positive that such crimes are not merely regarded favourably, but are given every encouragement in the land of Kultur…” A leaflet continued the narrative that the Germans were gloating at the death of so many civilians. Goetz’s had mistakenly inscribed the date of the sinking as 5 May – two days earlier than it actually happened – and this was used by the British to suggest the sinking was premeditated and not just a random act of war. Goetz did produce a second version of the medal with the correct date on.
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