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Ghost signs

Beyond museums and Maoist art, I have a big passion for ghost signs: faded hand-painted wall advertisements from the past. Several of my images have been lodged with the History of Advertising Trust (see archive here) and featured in blogs, print and broadcast media (see the growing list of links below).

Sam Roberts, ‘Ghostsigns: hand painted wall advertising from the past’, D&AD Blog (10/09/10)

Sam Roberts, ‘Ghostsigns: saving our hand painted advertising’, Ecclesiastical and Heritage World (16/08/10)

‘Monograph: Ghostsigns, The History of Advertising Trust’, supplement to Creative Review, April 2010, No. 32.

‘The One Show’, BBC 1

‘Ghostly images of advertising from the past’, Eastern Daily Press, Friday, March 19th 2010.

The definitive set of my ghost sign photographs is available on Flickr.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam Roberts says:

    Sadly the D&AD blog seems to have been shut down and the link above no longer goes anywhere. I don’t think I even have a copy of what they published which is a shame.

    1. Sam Roberts says:

      So I had seen it, just forgotten about it, as I commented underneath. What an interesting website, comparisons to archival photography showing ghostsigns as they once were but for websites.

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