On This Day

Photographer John Angerson has worked alongside historian Professor Ian McBride to compile a list of historic European events since 1900 where something extraordinary and transformative has occurred. These contemporary photographs have been made in the precise location and on the same day that the actual events took place. Archive images and artefacts from this period in history have been carefully researched to connect the past with the present.

Even where the setting is seemingly unchanged; like the bridge in Sarajevo or the familiar doors and bricks of Downing Street – a different sort of contemplation is invited – bathos yields to pathos as the world goes about its insouciant business.

The project titled On This Day acts as a memorial that urges us to respect the power of now. These events were both fleeting and eternal – over in an instant but whose consequences would change Europe forever.