Acorazado a toda máquina. Battleship full steam.Photographer Charles E. Brown.W.W.II

Espléndida foto que representa un barco de guerra, posiblemente un acorazado, en plena lucha con los elementos. El enemigo humano no se ve, el enemigo material, el agua es el que da fuerza a la foto.
El fotógrafo es famoso, curiosamente, por sus fotografías de guerra de aviones, más exactamente de la foto que se hace en el aire, de avión a avión.


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"


Este tipo de fotos, las llamadas de agencia aunque esta no lo sea, las de la segunda guerra mundial se encuentran todavía con cierta facilidad en el mercado y dentro de ellas hay  muchas excelentes fotos, de calidad. 
Mencionemos, como simple comentario a este efecto, que el reconocido libro
  • Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art

recoge, en esa selección de 100 fotos,  una foto anónima de guerra, de la primera guerra mundial


...................Later that year he was offered the position of director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, succeeding Edward Steichen. Szarkowski accepted the position and moved to New York, assuming his new duties on July 1, 1962. During Szarkowski's twenty-nine years as director, the Department of Photography produced 160 exhibitions, many directed by Szarkowski. He also authored a number of books, including the classic work Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, published in 1973. In 1991, he retired from the Museum of Modern Art, becoming its photography director emeritus

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Post anterior con otra foto del mismo autor

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


Post anteriores de fotos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.