Happy New Year, and welcome back to these pages.
I’ve never been a collector in practice, but the chance to grow a virtual collection was too good to miss. From 3rd January 2013, my series Hodgson’s Choice has opened in the Financial Times and will run almost every day for a period, in the FT Life & Arts section and also in the Weekend FT. The formula is very simple: I pick a single picture each time (or a tight group of pictures), add a brief explanation of why I want to add them to the collection, and that adds up to an agreeable and informative short column.
I live in Britain, which still lags behind other countries in the energy and sophistication of photographic collecting, and if a column like this can stimulate collectors either to begin outright, or to expand the scope of their activity to get beyond mere fashion or value, it will have been well worth doing. It’s running in the quiet January period, and at the moment all I can do is hope that it gets a good enough response to come back again for subsequent series.
The first column (Financial Times, January 3rd 2013, http://on.ft.com/10T5df4) was on Kertesz’ gently sublime picture of a cafe table, published in György Bölöni’s book Az Igazi Ady, about the Hungarian poet Endre Ady (d.1919). Please by all means react on the Financial Times’ website for the series to have a chance of continuing.