When the Russian leaders came to Oxford in 1956, as described by Michael Tunstall, (Letters, Trinity 2013,) I photographed them on the steps of the Sheldonian from the Blackwell’s side of the Broad.
It only occurred to me later that I could easily have changed the course of history ... I was using a telephoto lens on my Leica, with a pistol grip, and could easily have been an assassin as far as their bodyguards had been concerned, if they had spotted me.
(I had hoped to get on the famous Russian course, when I started my National Service in 1952, even learning a couple of hundred words first, but was told politely that the country needed officers more than linguists ... many of my OCTU colleagues ended up fighting in Korea, Malaya or Kenya, but I spent thirteen eventful and interesting months in The Gold Coast shortly before it gained independence as Ghana.)
A few months later, and in almost exactly the same location, I photographed the anti-Suez protest march…
Murray Glover, Lincoln College 1954
Khrushev and Bulganin in Broad Street, 1956
Students throng Broad Street as Khrushchev visits the University
Suez crisis demonstration
Murray Glover with his Leica, a IIIf d/a