Monday, May 18, 2020

Snicket Revisited

I took this photo 40 years ago. I have taken the same scene many times over the years; and so have many other photographers far better than me. The most famous version is Bill Brandt's 1937 "Snicket In Halifax", which forms part of the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. A classic image of a classic town.

Bill Brandt : Snicket in Halifax 1937


  1. I'd say that your image is certainly the equal of Bill Brandt's.

    As an apprentice I climbed up and down those cobbles many times.

  2. Hmmmm... I like yours better than Brandt's. His is all very neat and cut and dried. Yours is rough and dirty, a state I imagine is much more the everyday look for that scene.

  3. Both are great photos. Why is it called Snicket?

    1. Go to: for an interesting debate on this topic.

    2. The link is interesting not only in terms of the discussion about the differences between snicker and gunnel, but also in terms of the different print types of the original Brandt photograph. The example I use in my post is, I think, better than the one used in the link.

  4. Of course in the Suburb we have twittens which I believe are similar.


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