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The Wind of Change by John Bulmer

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A stunning collection of photographs from around the globe taken by the photojournalist John Bulmer, offer a glimpse of a changing world.

A stunning collection of photographs from around the globe taken by the photojournalist John Bulmer, offer a glimpse of a changing world.

On 3 February 1960, Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of Britain, made his controversial ‘Wind of Change’ speech to a hostile South African Parliament, in which he signalled his government’s intention to roll out independence to many of the British colonies. In 1964, The Sunday Times Magazine commissioned photographer John Bulmer to document the radical changes sweeping through Africa, devoting a whole issue to the report, ‘The White Tribes of Africa’. Visiting 14 countries over a two-month period, John captured the dying embers of colonialism set against a growing African nationalism. Africa was just a starting point and over the next 15 years, John continued photographing the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world, from the slow disintegration of the Middle East and the early collapse of the Communist bloc, to the totalitarianism of China and North Korea. In the mid-sixties, America was a country of extremes, but the grinding, hopeless poverty of two very different areas – Appalachia in East Kentucky and Oakland, California – was still a shocking contrast to the rest of America’s wealth. In South America, as capitalism and communism fought out their ideological battle, Bulmer brilliantly captured the collusion between the military and church for control of the hearts and minds of the people.

Hardback
252 pages

 31 Oct 2014

THE BLUECOAT PRESS, Liverpool, United Kingdom

ISBN 9781908457226

John Bulmer was a pioneer of colour photography in the early 1960’s working for the Sunday Times Magazine from the very first issue till the 1970’s. John Bulmer was recognised immediately for having made the necessary adjustment and thinking specifically in terms of colour became one of the most prolific contributors of colour reportage to the Sunday Times Colour Section. John Bulmer also moved sideways into making documentary films. He filmed a programme on the life of Van Gogh in the South of France, directed by Mai Zetterling, and went on to direct many films on travel and untouched tribes in the most inaccessible parts of the world. These were primarily shown on BBC, Nat Geo and Discovery Channel. He has now returned to Herefordshire to catalogue and show his huge collection of still photographs, many of which have never been seen.

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