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In pictures: We are the people
Unknown Photographer, c1930. Tom Phillips Collection
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What are their names? What are their stories? From every walk of life and every level of society they come: babies, soldiers, mothers, nurses, policemen; on bicycles, in school rooms, round maypoles, on playing fields, at war.
Photographer Unknown, Tom Phillips Collection
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We Are The People presents over 1000 postcards of ordinary people made exceptional by the lens of the camera.
Unknown Photographer. Tom Phillips Collection
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These images, all real photographs in postcard form, have been selected from the extensive collection of the artist, Tom Phillips, a postcard addict for a quarter of a century.
Unknown Photographer, 1908. Tom Phillips Collection
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In the first half of the 20th Century, the picture postcard transformed the art of portraiture from elite pastime to popular craze. Photographic equipment was cheaper, film faster, studios sprang up in every town, on every seaside promenade.
1909 Weston-Super-Mare. Tom Phillips Collection
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Everyone became a postcard. The exhibition can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 20 June.





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