If you had to pick a single image from every decade of the C20th and then use it to both sum up and tell the story of that decade, what photographs would you choose?
That was the task facing award winning historian and travel writer Rory Maclean
Pictures of You features a story from every decade of the 20th century, each based around a single image chosen by Rory Maclean. Ten real lives, ten photographs, ten decades, ten journeys in time.
Rory selected each single image from London's extraordinary and largely unknown Archive of Modern Conflict. Over the last 25 years the Holland Park Archive’s small collection of amateur photographs has grown into one of the world’s most moving image treasuries, its shelves now holding pictures of some four million lost lives.
Stories include the first killing of the Cold War, the ghosts of Native America at Alcatraz, Chairman Mao's most timid lover, the dying hopes of a doomed aviator, Nature’s final battle with Man.
Maclean travels from Siberia to Rangoon, China to Shepperton Studios, hearing forgotten voices that echo from the depths of time, picturing lives that mirror our own, and saving the stories behind these pictures of us all.
Pictures of You: Ten Journeys in Time
Published in the UK on March 2nd
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