Being English. Patrick Ward
The English are a gregarious lot. Give them the chance to party and they turn up in their droves. For fifty years , Patrick Ward has been documenting their glorious mix of eccentricity, exuberance and quiet reserve. His early photographs show a class ridden society still hide- bound and traditional - the antithesis of the swinging 60s. Only a lone image of the Isle of Wight Festival hints at that seismic cultural change. Even in the 1970s, photographs of the Eton Wall Game, a stiff city gent being measured for a hunting jacket and debutantes at Queen Charlotte's ball , contrast starkly with Yorkshire miners enjoying their gala and whippet races in Accrington.