Cecil Beaton and the Baroness

When Steerforth came across the strange-looking autobiography by one Baroness Von Bülop, he was intrigued - especially as she seemed to have enlisted the celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton... One stormy afternoon, I came across an illustrated 1939 autobiography called 'My Royal Past', by Baroness Von Bülop: It didn't look terribly inspiring, but then I noticed ... Read More...

Arnold Odermatt – On Duty

Steerforth introduces the police photography of Arnold Odermatt, which elevates everyday mundanity to the level of art... One morning I told a colleague that I'd ordered a book of photographs of the Swiss police force. She looked at me as if I was mad and I could see her point. But perhaps ... Read More...

A Way Of Seeing

Mahlerman combines sublime music with the work of great female photographers... Around the middle of the 19th Century, Robert Schumann's wife Clara, a brilliant pianist and sometime composer, gave up writing music because 'no woman has been able to do it', which, broadly speaking was true, and has remained so to ... Read More...

Dabbler Showcase – Andrew G Fisher

Dabbler Showcase is a new feature aiming to promote contemporary visual art. Our first featured artist is the Liverpool-based photographer Andrew G Fisher... Bleak, ghostly British seaside resorts feature fairly regularly on The Dabbler, they're our sort of places. Canadian commenter extraordinaire Peter Burnet once remarked: Over here, we love beaches, but we know what ... Read More...

Creepy and Freaky: Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island emerged from a bank of fog and I suddenly realized why it’s known as The Rock. Stories of ancient curses, military fortresses and its designation as a National Park are not why visitors flock by the ferry-load to this tourist attraction in the Bay of San Francisco. The ... Read More...