The Wind of Change by John Bulmer
Text by Celia Dodd
A book of photographs by the pioneering Sunday Times photographer which documents the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world in the 1960s and 1970s.
I loved working on this book because it’s about so-called ‘ordinary’ people – with a few notable exceptions, including the Queen with Haile Selassie.
John Bulmer’s photographs capture the impact of massive national changes through moving and often intimate portraits of ordinary people’s daily lives.
The book’s starting point is the end of colonialism in Africa. It also takes in the slow disintegration of the Middle East, the early signs of the collapse of the communist bloc, the battle for hearts and minds in Latin America, and the diverse social landscape of the US. And so much more!
For the text I drew on original copy from the Sunday Times Magazine, written by distinguished journalists of the day, as well as my own research.
I also wanted to capture John Bulmer’s unique insights and memories of an extraordinary era.