Book Review: 'The North' by John Bulmer

The North by John Bulmer

This is a book of dark beauty, a testament to the very best of photojournalism in the 60s and 70s.  It gives a rare insight into the transformation of ‘The North’ recorded simultaneously with the birth of colour photography in the British press.  Few books reveal the immense difficulties faced by the working people of the North so successfully.  

Bulmer presents the infectious spirit of working people across a bleak cruel landscape.  The shipyards, collieries, steelworks, dark mills and terraced houses are depicted magnificently in this evocative historical archive.  Net curtains, pit ponies, flat caps, donkey jackets and corner shops abound.  If you grew up in ‘The North’ this will evoke memories, sadness and amazement at what has been lost.

All Images copyright John Bulmer