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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Student Response Bank > Selected Images
See the Ken Garland Series
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Ken Garland is one of the UK's most eminent and respected graphic designers. He was instrumental in constructing the famous 1964 "First things first" manifesto that set out a purposeful agenda for design. He was appointed Art Editor of Design Magazine in 1955 and left in 1962 to form a large and successful design consultancy.

The photographs displayed here are a series, contained in the Design Council Archive and made by Ken Garland, for Design Magazine (April 1966). They are an example of the high quality of work to be found in the archive and have inspired much of our interest in this module, and in the archive as a photographic resource.

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See the Pointing Ladies Series
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This series of photographs has been selected from the Design Council Archive (University of Brighton) by MacdonaldStrand to illustrate a possible specific response to the core material of an archive.

The images in Pointing Ladies have been chosen for the simple fact that they all have a woman illustrating the use of the main subject of the photograph, the designed object. When abstracted from the ordering system of the archive these photographs take on a new purpose. They are no longer about the designed object, or its place in design history, but about the women and their surroundings. Given this re-ordering the original purposes of these individually-taken photographs become disrupted. They take on a new collective meaning and provoke new questions about, for example, the Design Council’s attitude towards women. It is clear that these photographs were taken over a number of years and by different photographers. It is also clear that the women were used to decorate the photograph and to demonstrate the use of the object, which would otherwise be photographed as a dull still life. Given the large number of extraordinary photographs in the Design CouncilArchive an alternative group of photographs could be selected which would oppose the impression given by the Pointing Ladies. Any reinterpretation of an archive by an individual is a subjective view and is a representation of the individual’s interests and sensibilities.
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