Francis Foot (1885-1966)

032588 – Francis Foot: Painted sign on wall on corner of Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street
032588 – Francis Foot: Painted sign on wall on corner of Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street

Francis Foot’s photographs bring to life the history of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Charing Cross site and 5 & 6 Pitt Street, St Helier, together with the biographies of their inhabitants during the most prosperous period in their history.                                      

Foot possessed an awareness that motivated him to photograph his surroundings: the interior and exterior of the shops at 5 & 6 Pitt Street showing the iconic HMV logo and his father and family at work. Like his photographs, the buildings themselves have many stories to tell, and the restoration process itself has recently contributed new material to the archive. It was both intriguing and poetic when a photograph of Francis and his companion with their cameras, on location circa 1914, was discovered behind a mirror above a fireplace in one of the rooms at no. 6. By reconnecting Francis Foot’s photographic archive with the buildings where they were taken, developed and printed, we gain a greater understanding of the value of their preservation and their past, present and future.