Saturday, January 28, 2012

Carl Mydans in Swansea

In 1954 legendary American photojournalist Carl Mydans visted Swansea to conduct a shoot for an article on ‘Britain’s Prosperity’. I’m guessing Swansea must have been enjoying some kind of a post-war boom, or something. Anyway, to illustrate the piece he took as his main subjects: workers in heavy industry; and folks out shopping. The above snap is from that shoot. You can see the full and quite extensive Swansea set over at the Life magazine archive. Mydans is perhaps best known for his WW2 photographs. His shot of Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines in 1945 is especially iconic. During his long career he also completed memorable portraits of Thomas Mann, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, and a butterfly hunting Vladimir Nabokov.