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Fantastic images from the golden age of Airships – graceful, modern and doomed

By Stefano on March 21st, 2013


These days we associate Airships with football matches as the smooth flight of the ship enables camera crews to take long and steady overhead shots of stadiums.

But there was a time in the 1930s when they were state of the art travel ships. If you wanted to get from Europe to the Americas you could either get a boat or go there twice as fast cruising in on a liner-esque Zeppelin.

Sadly, the Airship’s stint as the poster boys of inter continental travel didn’t last very long. The Hindenburg disaster put the public off travelling in the skies and then WW2 came and any remaining ships were put to good use chasing U-Boats.

For me though there is something wonderfully romantic and beautiful about the airships. They were the Art Deco fleet of the skies -  graceful, modern and, like many things from that era – doomed.

Here then are  a series of stunning images from the Airship’s golden age, along with a story or two about how they came to be.

Incidentally if you want to travel by Airship, you still can here.

Hindenburg crashes

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Perhaps the most famous moment in the history of the airship occurred in 1937 when the pride of the German fleet of Zeppelins, the Hindenburg, suddenly and mysteriously burst into flames while attempting a landing in New Jersey. It was a tragic end not just for the people who died, but also for the ship that had become an icon of 30s Germany. The Hindenburg was part of the Zeppelin company which was overseen by Dr. Hugo Eckener. It was designed from the off as a passenger ship that would be used to ferry the rich and famous across the Atlantic. It was a trip that not only took half the time of a ship, but it was also undertaken in luxury. With its dining room, lounge and individual cabins the Hindenburg was more like an ocean liner than a plane. In spite of the fact that the balloons were inflated using highly flammable Hydrogen gas it even boasted a smoking room. In many ways Hitler, who was then in power in Germany, saw the ship as a symbol of Nazi technological prowess and ensured that the ship was seen at high profile events associated with his regime including the Berlin Olympics. Dr. Hugo Eckener, however hated the Nazis and frequently had runs in with regime. The Hindenburg was hugely successful during 1936 completing a series of trips across the Atlantic to both the USA and Brazil. However it was on one of its first voyages of 1937 that disaster struck. Coming into land at the airship landing ground in Lakehurst, New Jersey, the ship struggled to cope with the stormy conditions. Blue flames were then seen at the top of the ship and a few seconds later an explosion ripped the ship apart. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew died. At first it was suspected that the ship had been sabotaged and that an anti-Nazi had placed a bomb on board. This theory has largely been discounted now in favour of a series of natural occurrences which, coupled with a rip in one of the balloons that lead to Hydrogen leaking, caused the ship to explode.


News, photography

Annie Leibovitz and Kevin McKidd team up for The Macallan Masters of Photography

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 25th, 2012

I’m not one to say no to quality whisky and when accompanied with excellent photography, now that is a combination I can’t help but to share. Luxury whisky brand The Macallan has just announced details of its Masters of Photography series for 2012 and it’s a real treat.

In previous years the brand has worked with Rankin and Albert Watson, but this year they have topped the lot by lining up Annie Leibovitz, who has taken thousands of iconic images over the decades.

Annie has shot Scottish actor Kevin McKidd, who is best known for Grey’s Anatomy and Trainspotting (if I remember rightly he was the sporty one who ended up with the terminal crack problem), in a series of locations across New York, and they look rather amazing.

Apparently the images will feature on limited edition vintage whisky bottle out soon – you can find more details on those here.

Interestingly, before he became an actor Kevin McKidd was once an employee at The Macallan, so I guess they must have treated him well.

Heroes and Celebrities, News, photography

The Lost Beatles Photographs by Larry Marion

By Laura on March 29th, 2011

We can’t wait for the new comprehensive pictorial book of lost photographs of Britain’s greatest music export, The Beatles, to come out. Written by Larry Marion with the help of The Beatles’ US Tour manager Bob Bonis, the book features everything from on stage performances to rehearsals and light-hearted behind the scene moments.
The book is being published by Harper Collins.

The Lost Beatles Photographs by Larry Marion

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Bill Cunningham New York: the original street style photographer

By Laura on February 17th, 2011

Bill Cunningham, the 81 year old New York Times photographer is arguably the greatest contemporary street photographer. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between.
The film Bill Cunningham New York is set to come out next month and honors the streetstyle visionary offering a poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
Bill Cunningham New York opens in New York on March 16th. A UK theatrical release is imminent.

Gallery, Lifestyle & Gadgets, music, photography, Top Five

Top 5 Gifts For The Gadget Lover

By admin on December 9th, 2010

Searching for the perfect gift for the gadget or tech lover in your life this Christmas? Well look no further, here at Brandish we have complied a list of some of our favourite gadgets to help inspire you this holiday season. From Headphones to Cameras here are our top 5 gadgets.


Fujifilm instax mini50S.

By ThomasHewetson on August 4th, 2010

fujifuji.jpegFuji’s latest instant camera is set for release in Japan (but you’ll probably be able to get them on ebay) on September 4th. Having broken my white Instax Mini 7 I may well have to invest in this as it also has the extra features of a ‘double self-timer, double shutter buttons for different orientations and a slow sync flash’ and is more compact and aesthetically pleasing than the 7. You can check it out on the Fuji Japan website.

Lifestyle & Gadgets, photography

Lomo Pearl Blue and Red Fisheye Packs.

By ThomasHewetson on July 14th, 2010

lomoblue.jpgAt Colette you can find two new colourways of red and pearl blue for the now famous (infamous?) Lomo Fisheye camera. Giving Urban Outfitters a run for their money with their Lomography range, Colette have also collaborated in a limited edition Diana F which you can find on their website.lomored.jpg


Polaroid – The Impossible Projects PX100 Film.

By ThomasHewetson on March 23rd, 2010

Continuing The Impossible Project, making new film that would work with old Polaroid cameras, we see the latest release of film. The PX100 arrives on 25th of March

‘The development of PX SilverShade monochrome Instant Films is based on sensitive chemical reactions, triggered by light and affected by various parameters such as Exposure, Temperature, ASA, Opacification, Pressure and Manipulations.’

You can get a run through on the 6 ways to create different photographs through this new type of film on the Impossible Project website.

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