Barnet Saidman

Barnet Saidman was a British photographer, who along with his brother Reuben, had worked for the British newspaper The Daily Herald. He was also resident photographer for the Blackpool Tower Circus from the 1940s to the 1970s, where he captured some internationally acclaimed performances. He is especially remembered for capturing the Festival of Britain (1951) through the centre pages of a magazine-format souvenir publication by News Chronicle, where his depiction of the Thames at night captured the public’s imagination.

Saidman was commissioned by ORT to record activities at the ORT Montreuil school in Paris and the ORT Anieres Institute near Geneva in the 1960s. The sets of photographs he produced document the activities at both establishments beautifully. They can be viewed in the France and Switzerland photo galleries respectively [see images].