Belfast Telegraph

Looking back through a lens into drab British past

By Janet Street Porter

An impressive new gallery, Media Space, has opened at London's Science Museum, with an excellent exhibition of black and white photojournalism from the 1960s and 1970s, highlighting the British in all our eccentricity.

Tony Ray-Jones died in 1972 aged 30, but his influence is still felt today. Martin Parr records the same territory – ordinary people at work and play – in an equally distinctive style.

It's hard to believe that many of these images of men and women in ill-fitting suits and horrible haircuts, drinking tea at windy seaside resorts, looking uncomfortable on boat trips and posing awkwardly by their caravans, were taken at exactly the same time as the Sex Pistols and The Clash were revolutionising music in London clubs.

This exhibition seems to look back to an era of austerity when glamour was in desperately short supply.

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