Durham Cathedral, August 1979
Durham Cathedral, August 1979
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Durham Cathedral, August 1979

Denis Thorpe


This classic view of the Unesco World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and the Old Fulling Mill was captured in moody monochrome by the Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe. The cathedral rises above the treetops – caught half in sun, half in shade – like a northern Notre Dame, while, below, kayakers tool around on the meandering River Wear just beyond the rushing weir. The shot is beautifully framed by the tree in the foreground, which is rendered almost black in shadow. During his 23-year career at the Guardian, Thorpe covered assignments across the globe – from the Soviet Union to Japan – but returned again and again to his native northern England. 


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