The Storm Centre
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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The Storm Centre about 1920
Buckham was the leading aerial photographer of his day and was renowned for his atmospheric shots of the landscape. He felt that the most spectacular cloud formations and theatrical light could be captured on “stormy days, with bursts of sunshine and occasional showers of rain”. Over the years Buckham built up a vast collection of photographs of skies. This is an example of one of his shots of a threatening bank of clouds in the heart of a storm. The billowing shapes of the clouds, more reminiscent of a nuclear explosion, than a brewing storm.


  • Acc. No. PGP 197.8
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 40.60 x 51.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008