Double gazing: celebrating the curious world of identical twins

Posted on 19 January 2020 at 16:45 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

There’s something about identical twins that’s both powerful and mysterious. While most of us can understand a connection with an older or younger sibling, having a twin – and one that looks virtually the same as you – is difficult to comprehend. Photo... Read more


Once Upon A Time In Brick Lane: documenting East End life in the 1970s and ’80s

Posted on 14 December 2019 at 15:55 by by Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

London’s Brick Lane has always been one of the critical markers of the capital. Located just outside the City (the financial area), it was settled by Huguenot protestants in the 18th century, Jews in the 19th and Bangladeshis in the mid-20th. After Hoxton took the focus... Read more


All washed up: beautiful photos of London’s disappearing laundrettes

Posted on 10 November 2019 at 10:48 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

There are 462 launderettes in London. We know this because photographer Joshua Blackburn has taken pictures of them all. “I was drawn to the flood of neon spilling onto the street at night,” he says. “It wasn’t long before I began disappearing at strange times to visit... Read more


Bill Nighy. Tailoring. Scrabble. Why ‘Sometimes Always Never’ is the perfect movie about fathers and sons

Posted on 11 June 2019 at 19:16 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

No one ever said being a dad was easy. Which is why director Carl Hunter’s new film, Sometimes Always Never is so prescient. Starring Bill Nighy as Alan, a Liverpool tailor – the title is a reference to the front buttons on a suit, and which ones to fasten – who’s been sea... Read more


Paradise Street: photos of a lost childhood in post-war Britain

Posted on 08 April 2019 at 17:10 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

Before PlayStation. Before Atari, Sega or Nintendo. Before, well, even TV, there was the street. And if you were a kid growing up in post-war Britain the street was where you won the FA Cup, escaped from a POW camp and landed on the Moon. All in an hour or two leaving school and going h... Read more


Brilliant photos of British dog shows of the 1960s and ’70s:

Posted on 11 November 2018 at 11:50 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

Dogs are so hot right now. Click on the social media platform of your choice, and you’ll soon be met with a never-ending showreel of pups of every kind: cute French bulldogs, daft-but-loveable labradors, and if you’re lucky, snappy Jack Russells being chased by &l... Read more


Beautiful black and white photos of the Isle of Dogs in the early ’80s

Posted on 05 October 2018 at 10:54 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

Locals call it ‘the island’. But these days, it’s probably better – though incorrectly – known as Canary Wharf. The area we're referring to is the Isle Of Dogs, chunk of east London formed by a loop in the River Thames. You’ll have seen... Read more


Liverpool in the 80s and 90s: see Tom Wood’s photos of Great Homer St market

Posted on 17 September 2018 at 20:41 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

Great Homer St market is a Liverpool institution. Located just north of the centre in the heartland of Scouse culture (in London, its equivalent would be Whitechapel Rd) it has served the city’s shoppers for 180 years. Local photographer Tom Wood first went to 'Grea... Read more


Abstract Aerial Art: incredible drone photography of Australia

Posted on 18 October 2017 at 11:49 by By Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Art

Drones don’t have a good press. And while we could all do without the near misses over Heathrow, they do have some uses: one of which is helping to create incredible images. Mike and JP Andrews, the British brothers behind Abstract Aerial Art would ... Read more


New book: Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters of the 1960s-’80s

Posted on 05 May 2017 at 10:51 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Thanks to its magical properties and ability to turn normal people into maniacs, alcohol really is a marvel. Russians, whose expertise in making home-made vodka in baths is known (and admired) around the world, are particularly fond of it: something that was as apparent in th... Read more


The alien landscape of the Scottish highlands, as seen by director Dave Ma

Posted on 02 November 2016 at 10:29 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

We’re always keen on National Geographic-style photos of the Earth from high up. So when we saw these incredible photos of Scotland by music video director Dave Ma, we were more than a little impressed. The pictures – reworked by Dave into a striking, two-tone col... Read more


Colour photos of Britain in the 1920s

Posted on 28 April 2016 at 17:46 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The past is a different place, especially when you see it through black and white photographs. But once it’s viewed in colour things look a little more familiar. Suddenly, the people look are modern human beings: like us, but without Zella videos on You Tube. ... Read more


Beautiful retro posters from NASA promise holidays in space

Posted on 12 February 2016 at 07:54 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

In the past we thought the future would be populated by people going to work in flying cars, housewives wearing spacesuits at home and families eating food made from moon dust. Sadly – apart from those glowing rectangles we spend our time starting at – that wasn't the case. ... Read more


Skinheads! Gavin Watson's photos of early-’80s England are incredible

Posted on 22 January 2016 at 11:19 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Has there ever been a more uniquely British subcutlure than skinhead? As mod split into two in the late-’60s – Small Faces-style psychedelia went one way, ‘harder’ lads the other – a look that combined Ivy League precision with Jamaican atttude and British ... Read more


New York in the 1970s: the gritty photographs of Camilo José Vergara,

Posted on 15 January 2016 at 09:12 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

There’s something fascinating about 1970s New York – and it’s a subject we keep coming back to in Umbrella. We’re not saying it’s better than today – getting mugged or shot on Avenue A isn’t much fun whether it’s near Lou Reed&r... Read more


Subway Art: the greatest street art book gets a re-release

Posted on 08 January 2016 at 13:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Street art is about as respectable as you can get. Cities all over the world would hand over their social services budget for a Banksy rat on the front of the town hall, while anyone who writes their tag on a factory wall can rinse the local arts council for a fat grant. ... Read more


Jean-Pierre Laffont: America's greatest living photographer?

Posted on 13 November 2015 at 07:57 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

He might be French, but Jean-Pierre Laffont is one of the great photographers of the American age. Arriving from France, via his original home, Algeria, Laffont has spent the last 50 years documenting the people extraordinary country, from near-untouchable politicians to gang... Read more


Disappearing diners: the photo-realistic paintings of John Baeder

Posted on 05 November 2015 at 16:40 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Few things symbolise the USA of the 20th century more than the diner, that peculiarly American restaurant beloved of truckers and beat poets alike. Despite their humble functions, these diners were often beautifully designed, covered in chrome and with the of futuristic signa... Read more


Mugshots from the 1860s-1930s: the timelessness of crime

Posted on 18 June 2015 at 19:46 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The mugshot is one of the constants of police procedure. Ever since the middle of the 1860s, those who've been arrested have had their faces recorded for further reference. This selction of portraits comes from the police department of Nebraska, USA, and features every type of crimi... Read more


New York in the 1960s: the photos of Takayuki Ogawa

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 08:16 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

New York in the late 1960s was a different place to the prosperous, multicultural city of today. In 1967, Japanese photographer Takayuki Ogawamoved there to document a place that was edging into decay, but also bursting with life (and occasionally death). The best of his... Read more


Old Soho: Great photos of London's most fascinating neighbourhood

Posted on 10 April 2015 at 08:24 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Soho has always been different. This former hunting ground – the name ‘soho’ was a hunting cry like ‘tally ho’ – has long been a refuge for those that don’t fit in with regular society. In the late 19t... Read more


The Hubble Telescope: beautiful pictures of planets, stars and galaxies

Posted on 20 March 2015 at 10:17 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

When you live on a place as good as Earth – and with its combination of great restaurants and menswear boutiques, it’s pretty unbeatable – you can get ideas above your station. You’ll tell everyone about your new business or your blog or your Twitter-linked microsite, and ... Read more


Saudi Arabia after dark: the photography of Céline Stella

Posted on 13 March 2015 at 07:36 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Saudi Arabia is awash with one of the world’s most valuable commodities: oil. But electricity is a different matter. Up until 100 years ago, the country had no electrical power at all. Perhaps this is why there’s such an emphasis on it by Saudi shop owners today. In the dark... Read more


Rock ’n’ roll in black and white: the music photos of Greg Neate

Posted on 06 March 2015 at 08:13 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Umbrella photographer Greg Neate is never happier than when he’s next to the stage at a concert, observing and documenting the action with an air of slight detachment. Greg covers the indie side of pop music, snapping bands with names like Blood Red, Hausfrau and Crayola Lectern. ... Read more


The Sony World Photographer of The Year 2015: our favourite pictures

Posted on 27 February 2015 at 12:54 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

At a time when our attention spans seem shorter than ever, photography is the most effective way of communicating information immediately. When you look at the feed on your social media channels, it's the great pictures that pique your interest most. That's why the Sony World Ph... Read more


The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year: 2014's best city pictures

Posted on 31 October 2014 at 10:28 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

The city has always been the perfect environment for photography. We're told that "real" beauty lies in nature, but as far as this magazine is concerned, the vista of an awe-inspiring valley in the foothills of the Himalayas can only be improved by the addition of Le Corbusier-s... Read more


Pre-revolutionary Russia… in colour

Posted on 03 October 2014 at 10:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

While black and white photography is often beautiful, by its very nature it's one step removed from reality. While we can all appreciate, say, the devastation in monochrome photos of the Blitz's aftermath, the lack of colour puts a barrier in our way. People look different, somehow ol... Read more


Stunning black and white photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s and ’60s

Posted on 04 September 2014 at 07:49 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

Hong Kong is the epitome of the modern city. Crammed onto a series of islands and a chunk of the Chinese mainland, seemingly every inch is taken up with tower blocks, traffic-clogged streets, passages, tunnels and stairways, lots of stairways. In the 1950s and 60s, the city was undergoi... Read more


The first world war in colour

Posted on 18 July 2014 at 08:43 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

While armed conflict has been the subject of photographers since the American Civil War, there's something about the use of black and white pictures that somehow separates us from the event. In monochrome, these young men, with their moustaches, stiff postures and arcane uniforms seem a world... Read more


The amazing rock ’n’ roll photography of Greg Neate

Posted on 04 July 2014 at 08:50 by Anthony Teasdale in Art

These days, everyone takes pictures at gigs. Forget losing yourself in the moment, it seems that the point of attending an event today is so you can record it on your smartphone to enjoy tomorrow. Making memories is everything. Photographer Greg Neate is the antithesis to this. For ... Read more

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