The secular funeral of John Shaw By Humphrey Spender - September 21st 1937

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The secular funeral of John Shaw

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Mourners carry the coffin of John Shaw to his grave in Heaton Cemetery. John Shaw lived on Davenport Street where the observers had their headquarters. He was buried on the 21st September 1937. Humphrey Spender took a sequence of photographs of his funeral. He followed the mourners from Davenport Street to the burial in Heaton Cemetery. He found it a difficult task and said “I suffered very much from a feeling that I was exploiting grief”

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