Joseph Wright's Derby homecoming: dazzling, daring – and still in danger | Art and design | The Guardian

Joseph Wright is England’s answer to Caravaggio, a master of light and shadow and the man behind one of the most celebrated images of science ever created. This painting has appeared in countless books and TV documentaries. How, then, can it belong to one of the most endangered public galleries in Britain?

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Documenting The History For The Future

Documenting The History For The Future

Documenting the History for the Future - Gary Austin

This has led me to wonder what the project would look like void of a community of people’s involvement?
I could of course photograph buildings in the village, but if we take the Queens Head its been there since 1847 and still is with very little visual change to its architecture it’s not the sort of thing that change rapidly or moves and the social aspect is damned important to show. It’s the community, traditions and relationships that make the village, not the geography or the buildings, but these have been built and shaped by the community so are still important.

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Typical English Village

Typical English Village

Typical English Village – Little Eaton, Derbyshire. I have been a documentary Photographer for 25 years and lived in the village nearly twenty years, but hadn’t thought of photographing my doorstep. I had always been too busy travelling around to notice what community activity there was in the village, it was rare to be home during the week when the carnival was on, always something happening.

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