Hidden Photographs of a Hidden People
March 10, 2013 12:56 PM Subscribe
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A box of magic lantern slides, owned by a doctor who died in 1940, turned out to hold many images of the Romany Travellers who came to Sussex each year to take part in the hop harvest
. The pictures have been published, with commentary by the Romany historian Janet Keet-Black, in the pamphlet Hidden Photographs of a Hidden People
(PDF of full pamphlet
). You can also watch a slideshow
which includes more images and interviews with Keet-Black, magic lantern expert Peter Gillies and the Romany Traveller Penfold sisters.
Dr Habberton Lulham, who owned the slides and may have taken some of them, was also a poet and some of his work is available at Archive.org
, another of the photographers, also wrote Romany life: experienced and observed during many years of friendly intercourse with the Gypsies
. It was published in 1915, under the name Frank Cuttriss, and is also available freely online, including many more photographs. Chapter One includes the following, painfully unprescient line:
Nowadays it is somewhat difficult to realise that, formerly, because a people or a class were not understood, those who were in power should, for no other reason, become obsessed with the insane idea of annihilating them.
Note: a lot of this material, including that produced by Romany Travellers themselves, uses the word gypsy to describe them. We've previously
discussed that when used by non-Roma/Romany/Travellers, this can be seen as a slur, so I've tried to avoid it in this post.