Havana came to Berkeley Square earlier in May, when Che Guavara was looking out across Berkeley Square through Phillips’ windows as part of their auction of 20th century photography.
In addition to Rene Burri’s 1963 photograph, there were also photographs of Habana Libre and Cerca Crespo in 2002 by Desire Dolron.
There were many great photographs here, some well known and classics of their time, others less well known, reflecting different facets of life and times, from the world of fashion to the gritty world of working people, the most fascinating a series by Bill Brandt – with, at the one end of society, maids preparing a bath and ready to serve tea in a rich house in London alongside, at the other end, the dirt and grime of Northumberland miner having his dinner, all from the late 1930′s. Two different worlds…
Somehow, black and white, with its focus on light, shade and on textures and details, always seems to capture these contrasts more than colour