17 gennaio 2010

Il Sunday Times ricorda oggi la scomparsa di Mark Ellidge, fotografo di grande prestigio e collaboratore del giornale per quasi quarant'anni. Era fratello unilaterale di Robert Wyatt: suoi gli scatti più importanti che documentano concerti, album e vicende dei primi Soft Machine negli anni della Londra 'psichedelica' di metà-fine anni sessanta. Suoi anche alcuni grappoli di note al pianoforte in alcuni passaggi indimenticabili di The End of an Ear.

"He has left behind a magnificent photo album of the great moments on the British stage of the past 30 years. His passion for the performing arts was obvious in his images — Carlos Acosta in full flight, Judi Dench twinkling in Hay Fever, Ian McKellen raging as Lear, Count Almaviva making Susanna squeal at the Royal Opera. But he was not solely a performing arts specialist. Pre-colour, he delivered monochrome portraits of the people in the news, from Richard Nixon and Arthur Scargill to Andy Warhol and Michael Winner. He caught a weary Dalai Lama at Heathrow; a zooty bowtied Maurice Saatchi at his agency’s HQ, thoughtfully posing him in front of the company’s art acquisitions; David Hockney having a teabreak alongside his lifesize portrait of his parents. Moving to colour in the 1980s, he shot a striking set of portraits of Margaret Thatcher at home, catching the wary look in her eyes that the perfect upswept hair and big pearl earrings could not distract from."