BBC4: Post-war History of Amateur Photography

BBC4: Post-war History of Amateur Photography

BBC4 is currently looking for people from across the country who have photographs that tell a story. Focusing on the cameras that changed photography through the decades following WWII, and the individuals who used them, it is looking to chart aspects of different areas’ social history through photos of ordinary people, taken by their friends and family.

It would also delve deeper into what’s going on in the pictures, and hopefully through those descriptions, we can say something about how British culture has changed since the 1940’s. We are looking at focusing on pictures of these areas: Nights Out (from staid photos in the pub, with everyone in their best outfits, and all women with chaperones, to 90’s raves and club selfies etc.), Celebrations (jubilees, street parties, fairs, birthdays and local celebrations for example), Holidays (from days out at the seaside to package trips to Spain, stag parties to Magaluf, and exotic ‘travelling’ trips), Pride and Joy (Dads next to their new cars, the whole family round the new TV etc., now- Instagram boasting.), First Steps (baby and children photos, Christening, nursery), Community (new people arriving in the area, big events, the changing face of towns), and Weddings. Of course if there are great photos that you think of that say something about a particular time and place but that don’t fit into these areas, please feel free to mention them as well.

If you are interested, please contact Cameron Robbins at 07962 921 020 or email cameron.robbins@bbc.co.uk