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Hollywood's golden era photos by British photographer George Douglas

Glamorous images of Hollywood stars and U.S. presidents found in the dusty filing cabinet of a British photographer are set to be exhibited for the first time.

Thousands of images, many in black and white, were unearthed at the Brighton home of George Douglas, after the photographer passed away.

The unique collection includes images of Breakfast At Tiffany's actress Audrey Hepburn, English actor Sir Dirk Bogarde as well as former U.S. president Harry Truman, James Bond star Roger Moore and Peter Sellers.

The images, which span three decades from the 1940s to 1960s, were discovered by fellow photographer and Mr Douglas's neighbour Roger Bamber, who inherited his friend's home following his death.

The negatives, which had lain buried for years, include social and historical images from the period, including the Queen's rat-catcher and Britain's first female chimney sweep, Mr Bamber said.

Thirty images from the archive will go on display at Mr Douglas's former home as part of Brighton's Artists Open Houses festival in May.

Photographer Nigel Swallow, who is now living in the property, said he is expecting it to take him at least a year for himself and Mr Bamber to sort through the photographs, and that he has taken advice as to how it can be properly archived.


Mr Bamber said Mr Douglas, who was born in Rottingdean, East Sussex, but moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1939, trained in aeronautical design engineering but his heart was not in it.

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Bryan Alexander, photographer captures the harsh winters of the Siberian Arctic

The lives of indigenous groups living in the remote Siberian Arctic have been revealed in a series of stunning images by a British photographer.

Taken by Bryan Alexander, the 40 photographs feature images of Chukchi, Dolgan, Even, Khanty, Komi, Nenets, and Nganasan people. It shows how they live today in their native communities, their traditional camps, transportation and dress as well as activities such as herding, hunting and fishing.

The series of striking images includes a herd of 1,000 reindeer being driven across the tundra in Khanty Mansiysk; the Northern Lights over a Nenets reindeer herders camp and Khanty women in traditional dress in Pitlyar.

The vast size of Siberia, combined with the isolation of many of its northern communities, has ensured that these unique Arctic cultures have survived to this day. Only a minority of Arctic peoples still maintain the old ways, but traditional activities remain important both culturally and economically.

The name of the exhibition, Whisper of the Stars, comes from Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in Eastern Siberia, where the extreme winter cold creates a strange phenomenon. When the temperature drops below -50C, a soft whooshing sound can sometimes be heard, like rice or grain being poured.

This noise is caused by the moisture in one's own exhaled breath turning to ice crystals in the cold dry air.

Bryan Alexander specialises in documenting the life of the Arctic's indigenous peoples and the issues that affect them. In 1971, he used a Royal Society of Arts travel bursary to visit North West Greenland.

There he lived in a small Inuit community for four months, which began a lifetime of documenting the Arctic and its people. Bryan has spent more than ten of the past 43 years living in isolated native camps and villages around the Arctic.

The exhibition will take place at the Horniman Museum in London until September 7.

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'Street Types of New York': Photographer's amazing look at turn-of-the-century Manhattan

It was years before the subway was installed, hot dog and pretzel stands were yet to crowd the sidewalk, and there are no hawkers offering fake Louis Vuitton luggage from a laminated piece of paper.

But one thing is clear - it is definitely New York City.

A unique album from esteemed Staten Island photographer Alice Austen was put up for sale this month called Street Types of New York.

The set of classic photos, taken in 1896, capture Manhattan at the turn-of-the-century, when the island was a bustling metropolis, booming with commerce and the industrial revolution.

Austen used a technique called photogravure, in which a photographic plate is used in combination with an etching process to make a print with a deep, rich appearance, according to Slate.

While the people that have been captured are fascinating, the backgrounds of the images are arguable even more so, offering great historical detail through intriguing signage and architecture.

Austen was a wealthy Staten Islander who began making photographs at the early age of ten, traveled the world with her photographic equipment.

She's one of a few examples of turn-of-the-century women who managed to leave behind a robust body of photographic work.

One of America's most prolific photographers, even though she was known for her documentary work, Austen never married, instead spending 50 years with partner Gertrude Tate.

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Stunning travel posters depict holidays around the solar system by Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas' futuristic designs promote holidays in far-flung destinations such as Mercury, Venus or Pluto, along with the hi-tech transport required to embark on such interplanetary travel.

Adventurous holidaymakers are invited to 'explore the crimson canyons' on Mars and 'see the world in a whole new way'.

The out-of-this-world trips include skiing on Pluto, a blimp tour of Venus and solar-powered car racing on Mercury, which is billed as the 'hottest road race under the sun'.

Just like during travel's golden age in the 1920s and 1930s, the impressive methods of transport are as important as the destinations themselves.

Steve, 40, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, said: 'I worked for a newspaper for many years as a graphic designer but would do these travel posters on the side, at evenings and weekends.

'They were such a success that I was able to become a full time freelance graphic artist. 'I love the old vintage travel posters so I decided to combine the two things, and I came up with retro posters of planetary travel. 'It started with Mars and Venus, and just went from there. My imagination just took off. 'Vintage travel posters are classic but over the years they have disappeared. But now they're coming back thanks to pop culture.' Read More @ dailymail.co.uk


When Los Angeles was a rustic village by Ernest Marquez

In the mid 1870s, Los Angeles was still an upstart hamlet separated from the rest of the nation. The Southern Pacific Railroad was as yet unfinished, and the tiny township of Santa Monica had only just begun welcoming city dwellers to its beachside tent cities. Photographers flocked to the area, setting up studios catering to the tourist and pioneer trade, eager to record the changing landscape. These photographs are part of a vast collection amassed over 50 years by Ernest Marquez, a descendant of Mexican land grantees who owned what became Santa Monica, as well as parts of Pacific Palisades.

The photographs were recently acquired by the Huntington Library and Art Collection, based in Pasadena. Via telegraph.co.uk











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