Thursday, January 04, 2018 | RECENT NOTES

Primary Colors

Over the New Year I read I, Mammal, the story of what makes us mammals, by Liam Drew. I found something that raised unexpected questions about the nature of so-called primary colours.


Tommy: a bluegrass opry

The last time I went to London I spent an afternoon and evening with Mark. Conversation turned to The Who and Mark pointed out gleefully that, as a teenager, I bought a copy of Tommy, an album we both agree constitutes a folly of heroic proportions and very little merit. I tried to slide out of this by pointing out that the original release had a very good cover but Mark rightly refused to allow this.

Imagine my delight then when I discovered this morning that The Hillbenders have realised Tommy – a bluegrass opry: a full length realisation of “the entire album” played with an acoustic string band.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | THE TIME OF DAY


Wednesday, May 06, 1981 | ESSAYS

Cameras as Convivial Tools

This essay was written by Owen Kelly and Dermott Killip in 1981 and was first published in Camerawork 22. It was highly edited and condensed from a pamphlet that we wrote entitled Shooting People Is Wrong, published by Mediumwave. I have resisted the temptation to update the arguments here, and have merely altered a few typos and amended some sentences where, in retrospect, the editing obscured or altered the intended meaning.