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Spender pub scene

The reason this photo has been included is the story behind it. "Examine the photograph carefully. Notice the friendly wave given by the man at the bar to the right of the picture. Spender's idea was to 'photograph the natural thing' and that is by and large what he did often concealing his camera underneath his coat - the photograph being a point-and-shoot operation. He now takes up the story.
HS: There is a photograph of a man doing that to me.
KH: His hand is raised.
HS: Yes. People tend to think that was a greeting. It wasn't. It was a keep-out sign and by this time I knew that half my intentions were defeated anyway - because he had drawn everybody's attention to my presence. And I thought I would snatch a picture and get out". Quotation from an interview I recorded with Humphrey Spender from Oral History - a handbook 1998, by Ken Howarth. Sutton Publishing.
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Keywords:bars, bolton, cameras, dogs, drinking, humphrey spender, ken howarth, lancashire, mass observation, men, photographers, photography, public houses, pubs, worktown

Spender pub scene