Girls swinging c1963 (Karl Hughes)

Boy climbing street lamp c1963 (Karl Hughes)

Girl in street c1953 (Frank Dugan)

Three street scenes with a street light as the common factor. A perfect piece of play apparatus – not too high and with the bar at the top for hanging or swinging on. What is particularly sad is that this kind of impromptu photography is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Most photographers today would avoid such subject matter. The law is still on the photographer’s side but candid street photography is an increasingly difficult problem, especially where children are involved. Clearly such images as the ones shown here are not exploitative – and are a valuable record of yesterday’s childhood – but I do wonder whether we will leave a comparable record for the future.

Three Liverpool street scenes

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