John Bulmer, 'Tipton at Dawn', Black Country series, from the edition of 50. Framed.
Lot 28
John Bulmer, 'Tipton at Dawn', Black Country series, from the edition of 50. Framed.
Sold for £1,062 (US$ 1,784) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
John Bulmer (British, born 1938)
Tipton at Dawn, from The Black Country series, 1961
Gelatin silver print, signed and numbered '23/50' in ink in the margin. Number 23 in an edition of 50. Printed later. Framed.
Paper 61 x 50.5cm (24 x 19 7/8in), image 50.8 x 35.2cm (20 x 13 7/8in).


  • Literature:
    First published About Town magazine, March 1961 (Volume 2, Number 3), in an article by John Bulmer and George Lamming entitled 'England's Hard Centre: The Black Country'

    John Bulmer began his career as a photographer at the University of Cambridge - first for the University newspaper Varsity and then for Image, a picture magazine that he co-founded. Quickly realising his passion for photography, in 1960 he secured a job in London shooting stories for The Daily Express, the foremost newspaper in Britain for photography at this time.

    It was his extended project on the industrial landscape of 1960s England that sealed his reputation as one of Britain's finest photojournalists. His images of The North appeared in About Town magazine and later in The Sunday Times, and included dramatic portrayals of Nelson, Lancashire and The Black Country. Entranced by what he saw as the exoticism of The North, with its back-to-back terraces, atmospheric cobbled streets and stoic factory workers, Bulmer worked to show that although hard-edged and gritty, this was a way of life that was also romantic at its core. In its own way, Northern life was as charming as life in the Swinging South, with its kitsch Carnaby Street fashions and doe-eyed models.

    Bulmer is celebrated for the dexterity of his talent and, aside from his black and white images, he is hailed as a pioneer in colour photoreportage. Famously, he shared the cover of the very first issue of the 'Colour Section' in The Sunday Times with David Bailey, and went on to shoot around 60 colour pages per year for the newspaper.
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