Sunday, 28 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: One Millennium Of Work Completed
CREDIT: © Martin Mayer/Millennium Photo Archive
WHERE: Bedfordshire, England. WHAT: workers at the end of the first millennium.
MAP: Bedford. Thumbnail clicks pop-up larger images on source pages.
In the words of the people behind today's feature: "The main sources of photographs today are newspapers, lifestyle magazines and advertisements. These give a distorted picture of real life that is heavily biased towards the rich and famous. Ordinary people, of course, take family photos, but these tend to concentrate on holidays, children and birthdays. Where are the photos that show how people really live their lives today, at work, at home, out enjoying themselves? The Millennium Photo Archive sets out to fill these gaps and show the ordinary, everyday lives of the people of Bedfordshire, England at this historic time." Funding for the project is uncertain, and some of the gaps remain unfilled, but what there is so far makes interesting viewing.
We chose the World of Work gallery, featuring (left to right)  Barry Fountain, cobbler;  Michael Holiday, street cleaner;  John Lowe, blacksmith; and  Jim Herbert, wattler. Nine galleries are available, so expect us to make a return visit.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)