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Photograph - Nostalgia for the future

Nostalgia for the future

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (photographed)

  • Date:

    1988 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kippin, John (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type colour print, Fujicolour paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1055-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This photograph addresses the impact of industrial decline on the British landscape. Nostalgia is a yearning for an idealised past, but here we are invited to contemplate the decay of the present and its consequences for the future. The integration of text into the image is reminiscent of a postcard but the picturesque scenery is disrupted by the caravan and rusting ship.

Physical description

A colour photograph depicting a derelict ship washed onto a beach. A group of adults and children are standing to the right of the ship; some of them gaze towards it. In the foreground there is a caravan, with orange curtains, parked beside some sand dunes. The words 'NOSTALGIA FOR THE FUTURE' are emblazoned along the bottom of the photograph.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (photographed)

Date

1988 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Kippin, John (artist)

Materials and Techniques

C-type colour print, Fujicolour paper

Marks and inscriptions

signed in ink 'John Kippin' numbered in ink '21/30'

Dimensions

Height: 51 cm sheet, Width: 61 cm sheet, Height: 36.8 cm image, Width: 46.2 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by John Kippin, 'Nostalgia for the future', C-type colour print, Great Britain, 1988

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996

Labels and date

This photograph addresses the impact of industrial decline on the British landscape. Nostalgia is a yearning for an idealised past, but here we are invited to contemplate the decay of the present and its consequences for the future. The integration of text into the image is reminiscent of a postcard but the picturesque scenery is disrupted by the caravan and rusting ship. [11/08/2011-27/11/2011]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

C-type

Subjects depicted

Beach; Ship; Family; Sea; Caravan

Categories

Photographs; Landscapes

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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