Photographer John Angerson has worked alongside historian Professor Ian McBride to compile a list of historic European events since 1900 where something extraordinary and transformative has occurred. These contemporary photographs have been made in the precise location and on the same day that the actual events took place. Archive images and artefacts from this period in history have been carefully researched to connect the past with the present. Even where the setting is seemingly unchanged - like the bridge in Sarajevo or the familiar doors and bricks of Downing Street - a different sort of contemplation is invited - bathos yields to pathos as the world goes about its insouciant business. The project titled ‘On This Day’ acts as a memorial that urges us to respect the power of now. These events were both fleeting and eternal - over in an instant but whose consequences would change Europe forever.
Sequence order :
1.Wannsee, Berlin, Germany.
The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior officials of the Nazi German regime, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee. The purpose of the conference was to inform administrative leaders of Departments responsible for various policies relating to Jews that Reinhard Heydrich had been appointed as the chief executor of the “Final solution to the Jewish question”.
2. Chamberlain Street, Derry, Ireland.
site of Bloody Sunday sometimes called the Bogside Massacre.
3. Cambridge, England.
Austin Wing, Cavendish Laboratory, (Room 103), Cambridge University. Was the actual room in which James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
4. Gdansk shipyard, Poland.
The Trade Union Solidarity began a nationwide strike.
5. Downing Street, London, England.
The United Kingdom general election of 1979 was held to elect 635 members to the British House of Commons. The Conservative Party, led by Margaret Thatcher ousted the incumbent Labour government of James Callaghan with a parliamentary majority of 44 seats.
6.Tattenham Corner, Epsom Racecourse, Surrey. Emily Wilding Davison was a militant activist who fought for women’s suffrage in Britain.
7. Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy, France.
D- Day (Operation Overlord). More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline.
8. Sarajevo, Bosnia.
The Latin Bridge in Sarajevo, the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria which led to the start of the First World War.
9. St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian revolution was led by the Bolsheviks, who used their influence in the Petrograd to organise the armed forces.
10. Berlin, Germany.
The Bornholmer Strasse border crossing was the first breach of the Berlin wall by citizens of the DDR. Paving the way for German reunification.