Laughing at a joke from Jarche, Einstein enjoys the fun, wears his pullover inside out and is minus socks, 26 February 1944, James Jarché © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL
Brian Liddy, Associate Curator at the National Media Museum
No series of posts about the Daily Herald Archive would be complete without one dedicated to James Jarché, the best known and possibly the most prolific staff photographer employed by the Herald when the paper was at its peak in the 1930s.
A lot has been written about Jarché since then making it tricky to think of something new to say about him. So, rather than write about his work I thought I’d say a wee bit about the man himself.
The one thing everyone seems to remember is how funny he was (he was affectionately known as Jimmy and had a knack of putting his subject at ease).
There’s a well known portrait of Albert Einstein by Jarché in the Herald showing the genius in a suitably pensive mood, but here’s another lighthearted shot from the same shoot. By the way, I didn’t make the caption up. On the back of the print is a clipping we transcribed and used as a title.
I’m not sure Einstein’s jumper really is on back to front. I think it’s hand-knitted which means it doesn’t conform to the usual conventions of commercially sourced knitwear from the period. But on close inspection I can confirm he isn’t wearing socks (must have chaffed). So, Jarché, what a guy. And an excellent photographer, too