History under Fire, 52 photographs by Cecil Beaton, London, Batsford 1941. With the sanction of Surrealist structures in assemblage and painting, several photographers seemed to relish the inadvertent shapes and narrative consequences of the architectural damage of the War (Lee Penrose could be added as an example) .The falling roofing looks rather fishy as a visual approximation of Jacob and the Ladder with some artful redeployment ofloose elements.


Randolph Schwabe, Bomb damage Amen House, Oxford 1942