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Alex Hamilton

newspaper drawings

The original content of these front page formats of newspapers is now out of date. Precisely rendered drawings have replaced the text and pictures. Seemingly disconnected from the newspaper's content, it is difficult to place which part of the world these drawings are taken from. Construction and demolition on building sites might be the only theme in these drawings. Construction and demolition is usually represented in other kinds of columns, costings and estimates columns used by most businesses. These represent land, history, and activity far more accurately than any map, blueprint, book, or statement so much so that they could be seen as a complete representation of the world parallel to the world where our bodies live and create shadows etc. Are these drawings of the places where action takes place, or as with costing and estimates columns, is construction and demolition the real action? Columns and picture squares of newspapers are easily recognised universal systems. Even when newspaper formats are used for something as unsuitable as drawing these formats can still trigger shared memories. We can still imagine and play back in our heads some sort of news content to fit inside them. Like this newspaper's new drawn in content, this imagined news would certainly be formed from our experience of reading many thousands of newspapers. Like a parallel world of costings and estimates, this sort of reading and "filling in" of a newspaper format creates what could be called a "parallel news world". TS Elliot, wrote about reading a newspaper "he do the police in different voices" he also wrote "So large a part of creation is really criticism". Most of us can imagine a news voice well enough, and even a place for a news event to occur, but sometimes this can be indistinguishable from real news especially when remembered or read as an historical artefact.


Newspaper Drawing 1


Newspaper Drawing 2

Newspaper Drawing 3, The Guardian
Newspaper Drawing 3, The Guardian

Newspaper Drawing 4, The International Herald Tribune
Newspaper Drawing 4, The International Herald Tribune

Newspaper Drawing 5, The Irish Times
Newspaper Drawing 5, The Irish Times

Newspaper Drawing 6, The Guardian 2005
Newspaper Drawing 6, The Guardian 2005
 

Newspaper Drawing 7, The Guardian 2006

The Daily Telegraph 2008

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2nd Daily Telegraph 2008