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George Plemper's Thamesmead photographs

May 14th, 2008 (12:38 pm)

The Guardian have an online gallery of photographs taken by George Plemper, a schoolteacher in Thamesmead, south east London, between 1973 and 1978. I was struck by the period covered and the similarity of Plemper's hopes to those of Roger Price of Tomorrow People fame when working in children's television.


Posted by: The Two Trees (arda_unmarred)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)

I have looked at those, and at his site - they are great! They seem much more real than life today, plus everyone/thing looks better in black and white photographs :)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 14th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)

It might be odd that I've related these photographs of real life to a fantasy TV series, which probably says something about my outlook... but you might be on to something with life seeming 'more real'. Nowadays I think more people perform through their lives in a self-aware fashion than was the case in the mid-1970s, though given my age I have to be wary of childhood nostalgia!

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: May 15th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)

well, I do think people have become media concious and performance aware.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 15th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)

...which probably contributes towards today's 'celebrity culture', I think.