Back in the day

A wan­der through the AP archive. This week we pay a visit to Oc­to­ber 1960

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THE MORE things change, the more things stay the same... nearly 60 years on, AP is still re­port­ing from Pho­tok­ina, the mas­sive German trade fair which has been a fix­ture in the fair city of Cologne since 1950. It was still a rel­a­tively new show when this is­sue of AP came out, and as an in­ter­est­ing twist, the edi­tor asked the art edi­tor to write a re­port on the var­i­ous pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tions on dis­play. Man Ray, the fa­mous sur­re­al­ist photographer, was still alive in 1960, so it’s no sur­prise to see his work dom­i­nat­ing. The art edi­tor, who doesn’t get men­tioned by name, ob­serves: ‘ There were a num­ber of very in­ter­est­ing prints made with­out a cam­era or shut­ter at all. It was eas­ily the most ex­cit­ing and orig­i­nal mono­chrome sec­tion of the whole ex­hi­bi­tion, and to my mind no­body has made such artis­tic use of so­lar­i­sa­tion and other dis­tor­tions, ei­ther be­fore or since.’ In­sight­ful words in­deed, and Man Ray’s ge­nius is still recog­nised to­day. Other highlights of this is­sue in­cluded pic­tures from a youth cen­tre, which ap­pears very tame by to­day’s stan­dards. And just imag­ine, no young­sters on their phones (though it has to be said they do look pretty bored...)

An early re­port from Pho­tok­ina, then only a decade old

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