sábado, 7 de febrero de 2015

Vintage photo. Mersa Matruh .c. 1944. Egipto. Photographer Charles E. Brown.

Fotografía que representa el puerto egipcio de Mersa Matruh. La foto transmite la paz del lugar y del momento, con unos niños en primer término, sin embargo está realizada en las fechas de la segunda guerra mundial.
Charles E. Brown fue un fotógrafo especializado en temas de aviación cuyo archivo se conserva en el Museo de la RAF en Londres.
Sus fotos de "avión a avión " se consideran una de las mejores series fotográficas de la historia fotográfica de la aviación

Charles E. Brown (20 January 1896, Wimbledon, London - 9 October 1982, Storrington, West Sussex, UK) was a commercial aviation photographer working for United Kingdom newspapers, the aviation industry and a freelance commercial photographer with official accreditation as a war correspondent. His aviation archive of 30,000 images has been preserved at the RAF Museum, Hendon since 1978.
In 1915 Charles Brown applied for a posting to the Photographic Section of the Royal Naval Air Service and was turned down. After continuing to work on photographic assignments for the Daily Mirror in the United Kingdom, he was eventually drafted to the 532nd Agricultural Depot, Royal Engineers as a medical orderly based at Wrexham, Wales. After passing a trade test in photography with the Royal Engineers on 10 August 1918, further work photographic occurred with the Royal Air Force at their official London Photographic Centre. Leaving military service on 17 January 1919 and rejoining his pre-war colleagues at the Daily Mirror newspaper.


Charles Brown collection Royal air Force Museum

Charles Brown did not start his career in aviation, however, having begun as a society photographer. He gradually did more and more work for the Admiralty, Air Ministry and aircraft companies until this became his main work.
He retired in about 1964 and the RAF Museum purchased his collection in 1980. Since then three books, the Camera Above the Clouds series, have been published showing examples of his work. Volume 3 covers the colour transparencies. 


Soon, the Royal Air Force public relations department gave him many commissions, realised the potential of dramatic air-to-air photography for recruitment and other publicity purposes. It was an association that was to continue until his death at the age of eighty-six.

Throughout the 1930’s his reputation as an air-to-air photographer grew and with the outbreak of WWII, his workload increased. He was hired, not only by the Air Ministry, but the Admiralty and War Office as well.
 

Camera above the Clouds The aviation Photographs of Charles E. Brown"

 

 Battle of Mersa Matruh Wikipedia ( Battle El Alamein)


X Corps meanwhile, having made an unsuccessful attempt to secure a position on the escarpment, were out of touch with Eighth Army from 19:30 until 04:30 the next morning. Only then did they discover that the withdrawal order had been given. The withdrawal of XIII Corps had left the southern flank of X Corps on the coast at Matruh exposed and their line of retreat compromised by the cutting of the coastal road 17 mi (27 km) east of Matruh. They were ordered to break out southwards into the desert and then make their way east. Auchinleck ordered XIII Corps to provide support but they were in no position to do so. At 21:00 on 28 June, X Corps—organised into brigade groups—headed south. In the darkness, there was considerable confusion as they came across enemy units leaguered for the night. In the process, 5th Indian Division in particular sustained heavy casualties, including the destruction of the Indian 29th Infantry Brigade at Fuka. Axis forces captured more than 6,000 prisoners, in addition to 40 tanks and an enormous quantity of supplies.