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Clouds Massing Before a Thunderstorm
© Courtesy of Richard and John Buckham.

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Clouds Massing Before a Thunderstorm About 1920

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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 which he could integrate with a separate landscape photograph to enhance the drama and create a more impressive composition. This is an example of one of his shots of an impressive cloud formation before a thunderstorm.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. PGP 197.6
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 37.80 x 30.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2008