Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shouldn't there be a "best photo of" contest?

Now that Oxford has decided that there will be a Hill legacy, shouldn't there be a "best photo" of Geoffrey Hill contest? My first pick goes to the portrait of Geoffrey Hill with Alice Goodman, taken by Judith Aronson, that is currently "Photo of the Month" at the National Portrait Gallery (July 2010) in a session shot in 1984.
My second pick goes to the photo just published in Standpoint (July/August 2010), accompanying a sheaf of new poems by Hill. There's a lot of room on that bench, and it looks like an inviting place to sit down for a chat.

Judith Aronson, "Intimate portraits of writers," Financial Times (July 10, 2010).