Meet the Cast!
The editors of Close Up also acted in Kenneth
Macpherson's film productions.
Macpherson in Foothils
(Vol V.1, July 1929)
Bryher in Borderline
(Vol. VII. 4, October 1930)
H.D. in Borderline
(Vol VII.2, August 1930)
Macpherson in Wing Beat
(Vol. I.1, July 1927)
H.D. in Wing Beat
(Vol. I.1, July 1927)
(Editor: July 1927-December 1933)
was born in Scotland in 1903. Interested
early in art, photography, and writing, he eventually developed a deep
attachment filmmaking. In 1927, he established Close Up in collaboration
with Bryher and H.D. He also began to produce films that experimented
with new techniques. Of Macpherson’s three short films—Wing
Beat (1927), Foothills (1928), and Monkey’s
fragments of Wing Beat survive. His only feature-length film Borderline (1930)
took on the difficult subjects of race and gender relations. Produced
in the very experimental and thick style which Macpherson advocated,
the film was not received well by critics. After this negative response,
Macpherson withdrew to his initial interests in art and writing. Over
the course of the rest of his life, Macpherson moved to New York and
then to Italy where he died in 1971.
(Assistant Editor: July 1927-December 1933).
was born in 1894 and christened Annie Winifred
Ellerman. Second in wealth only to the royal family, the Ellerman family
provided well for Winifred who changed her name in 1920 for Bryher, her
favorite Silesian Isle. Bryher’s family stipulated that for her
to inherit her share of the family fortune, she must be married. So
she was briefly married Robert McAlmon and then to Kenneth Macpherson
(1927-47). Both of these marriages were a matter of convenience so that
Bryher could collect her family fortune even though she was homosexual.
With her family money, Bryher supported Close Up financially and she contributed
to the magazine substantially as an editor and writer.
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
(Never listed as editor but
acted as assistant editor July 1927-December 1933).
H.D. was born in America in 1886.
Most well-known for her imagist poetry, H.D. was also very interested
in film. As an intimate friend of both Bryher and Macpherson, H.D. worked
substantially with the magazine acting as an assistant editor and a main
(Assistant editor from January 1931-December
Blakeston was a regular contributor to Close Up and when
Macpherson started to lose interest in the magazine, he began to work
as second assistant editor.