Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Walthamstow Pictorial Exhibition

I will be exhibiting some of my Walthamstow Pictorial project in association with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. Walthamstow Pictorial in book form will be available via Blurb Books. More news about that in the week. The exhibition will be from the 20th May to the 30th May at 
No.1 Hoe Street, London, E17 4SD. I will also be planning a "meet the maker" evening, so please contact me for further information on that one. With just under a week to go I'll be pretty busy with my final prep. I'll keep you posted on how that's going via Blog form and Instagram  I'll look forward to seeing some of you there. 
Thanks for now 
Adrian aka Get Callaghan 

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Obituary: Journalist Pete Cashmore

Very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Pete Cashmore. I had the pleasure of working with Pete in the days of Nuts magazine, I always admired that he kept the writing fresh, keeping the readers entertained. Fear not if Nuts wasn't your cup of tea as Pete penned his skills to the likes of the NME and the Guardian. I will be thinking about our old friend Pete today and will raise a glass to him later. A very talented writer and jovial critic to my music compilations. Here’s a picture of us in a Krankies sandwich, just an average day in the Nuts office which now feels like a lifetime ago...
I guess the brightest stars fade the fastest. Donations in memory to Pete Cashmore can be made
to the charity Mind

Monday, 8 April 2019


I took these outside Parliament, which at the time would have been the final week of this Brexit madness. I was intrigued by who the regulars were on both sides of the debate. Possibly as a start of a project or maybe just to record what is happening. As always with the British public, I met some interesting characters and I was asked for my opinion by a pro-Brexiteer,  I mentioned that it didn't really matter anymore, the country is divided. 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Obituary: Photographer Guy Webster 1939 - February 2019

Sad to hear of the passing of music photographer, Guy Webster.  I grew up with the Rolling Stones, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) album in my parents record collection. The album also credits  
Gered Mankowitz, who shot the cover.  I always thought that the Stones, pictured below was taken on the River Thames  but the image was actually taken at Franklin Canyon. Hats off to the art department.  Over his career Guy has shot a lot of classic album covers, he's Mamas and the Papas album seems to be the shot he'll be remembered for. You can find out more about Guy Webster from his website here  or simply check out the photo credits on some your favourite albums, he probably shot a few of them. 

Rolling Stones, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) Decca records 

Rolling Stones at  Franklin Canyon by Guy Webster, 1965 

Guy Webster with his classic Mamas and the Papas photo.
Guy Webster's photos on Love's Da Capo album 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Happy New Year!

Always a goodway to start the year by seeing one of your photographs appearing in print and online. 
One of my Noddy Holder shots was used by the Sun as part of their Christmas quiz, or It's Quizmas as they punned it.  Happy new year to you all.

It's Quizmas 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Photographer: Ernest Brooks 1876 - 1957 The official photographer for the Western Front

I put together a photo feature of  Ernest Brooks' photography work. So, what with it being Armistice day  Let's remember one of our War correspondents.

Ernest's first encounters with photography was from working in the darkroom with the Hussy Vivan, 3rd Baron Vivian family photographs. It's from here that Ernest got the photography bug, buying his own camera paying by weekly instalments at a shilling a week. He focused his work on prominent society where he made a few sales through an agency thus Ernest choosing to become a freelance newspaper photographer.
After the outbreak of WW1, Ernest, had enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and with the Gallipoli landings being prepared, Winston Churchill (Who was also once a war correspondent) arranged for Journalists and Photographers, Ernest being one of them to accompany the exploration.  In March 1916, Ernest was appointed the official photographer for the Western Front and the only professional photographer to cover the Battle of the Somme. It's noted that he used a Goerz Anschutz Plate Camera.
After the war, he found himself working with the Prince of Wales (1914) with his tour of the USA, Canada and Australia (1920). George V disapproved of some of his (still locating these pictures) photos and for reasons not disclosed, he's appointment as Royal photographer being cancelled along with his OBE and BEM being cancelled and annulled too. Ernst's photography career continued up until the mid 1930s.
Ernest Brooks' work had it's fair share of critics where it has been noted that he chose to curate his subject matter (I guess we'd call that Art direction these days) and he's fondness of dramatic silhouette photographs still carry an influence to this day. when it came to combat photographs, Ernest was adamant that they were never faked. You can read more about Ernest Brooks work here at the Imperial War Museum

A dapper looking Ernest Brooks 1876-1957 pictured with a Goerz Anschutz plate camera

 British infantrymen give a helping hand to wounded German prisoners near La Boisselle on 3 July 1916

Dramatic silhouette , Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg during the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917

 Men of the Border Regiment resting in shallow dugouts near Thiepval Wood during the Battle of the Somme during , August 1916

I like to think somebody still has this hat: A wounded British soldier holding his steel helmet, which has been pierced by a piece of shrapnel, during the advance on the Somme Front near Hamel, December 1916