The Ghost Train Man and a missing box of "Strangely Familiar": Reunited
A few weeks ago I visited Peter Mitchell in Leeds. As we went through his files we came across a photograph of Francis, the Ghost Train Man. I had seen the picture before, in a lecture Peter gave in Bristol at the end of last year - it instantly became one of my favourite of Peter's images. When I asked him why it was not included in the book Peter thought that it had been, but when we checked, we found that somehow the Ghost Train Man did not make it to the final edit.
About the same time I managed to lose a box of Peter Mitchell’s 2014 book, Strangely Familiar, all of which he had signed and dated when he came to visit Bristol. Fortunately, the box has now resurfaced in the warehouse and we thought it was time to reunite the book with the Ghost Train Man (with the legend 'Strangely Familiar but no longer ubiquitous' and stamp signed by Peter.)
Artist's Proof print of 'Francis Gavan, Ghost Train Man, Leeds, 1977'