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PHOTOS FOR THE FUTURE

Of the many inventions that have transformed our life, photography is one of the most fascinating. Invented towards the end of the 19th century, the process was perfected as the decades passed, given added impetus, as were many other scientific advances, by the two World Wars.

Since then, every aspect of the 20th century, from the horrors of the Somme to the landings on the moon, has provided familiar, sometimes cliched images. And a current exhibition at the Oxo Tower's Gallery, entitled Photos For The Future, recalls those historic moments as captured by ordinary people.

As part of a millennium project by the History Channel, members of the public were invited to open up their family photo albums and some 7,000 photographs of significant moments were collected. Some 50 are on show here, along with 100-word captions, providing a fascinating social history of the UK during the past 100 years. One of the winning entries, from Mrs ME Cole, was taken in 1922. Pictured above, it shows her father, his grandmother and their dog Peter listening to one of the first Marconi broadcasts using a home-made cats whisker crystal set made by Mrs Cole's father.

KIERAN MEEKE

Photos For The Future: the.gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, South Bank SE1. 0171 401 2255. Free.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2000
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