Sunday, April 21, 2019

Old Lane and Dean Clough (1971)

A classic Halifax scene which has been recorded by many better photographers than I. The grey chimneys fading into the grey skies make good photographers of us all.

I must have taken this photograph in 1970, back in the days when Dean Clough was still producing carpets by the acre. The great photographer Bill Brandt walked these same street forty years earlier. The street and mill still exists, but these days, the scene has gained colour.


  1. The following quote is from my forthcoming book of sketches titled "Townscapes".

    Bill Brandt’s photographs of Halifax’s cobbled streets are well known. But running a close second is an extensive collection of photographs taken by my brother, Alan Burnett. They date from the 1960’s to the present day.


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