Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
I know I'm a day early but I'm not around tomorrow and I really wanted to show you this. It's brilliant till right at the end and then it goes all American and spoils it a bit. I didn't need that last bit to get it. but hey ho first bits top.
Found over on the always cool and greatest photography blog titled "Reciprocity Failure" http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com/
The Photographers’ Gallery have announced the four shortlisted artists nominated for its annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. This year the Prize will take place at the Gallery’s new location of 16 –18 Ramillies Street, London.
The four shortlisted artists are:
Paul Graham (b. 1956, UK) is nominated for his publication, A Shimmer of Possibility (steidlMACK, October 2007).
Emily Jacir (b.1970, Palestine) is nominated for her installation, Material for a Film, presented at the 2007 Venice Biennale (7 June – 21 November 2007).
Tod Papageorge (b.1940, USA) is nominated for the exhibition Passing Through Eden - Photographs of Central Park at Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (7 March - 12 April 2008).
Taryn Simon (b.1975, USA) is nominated for her exhibition An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar at The Photographers' Gallery, London (13 September -11 November 2007).
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2009 is presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London. The annual award of £30,000 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography in Europe between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2008.
The Jury this year is: David Campany (writer/lecturer, University of Westminster, UK); David Goldblatt (photographer, South Africa); Chus Martínez (Chief Curator, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain); and Anne-Marie Beckmann (Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany).
The Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, Brett Rogers is the non-voting Chair.Brett Rogers, Chair and Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, said: "The finalists this year redefine the medium of photography and its possibilities as both a conceptual and creative tool. Each, in their distinct way, attempts to represent the unrepresentable: Taryn Simon in her compelling dissection of the invisible forces that rule our lives; Emily Jacir in her installation which proposes new narratives for approaching recent Palestinian history; Paul Graham whose new series of books encapsulates the poetry of the everyday, and Tod Papageorge who transforms the subject of Central Park, New York, into a Shakespearian paean to urban leisure."
Alexandra Hachmeister, Corporate Responsibility for Deutsche Börse, commented: "This shortlist is impressive, with four very strong positions in contemporary photography. The variety can be seen in the different approaches to the medium, not only in their content, but also in their visual concept. We are looking forward to exhibiting the work of the four shortlisted artists at C/O Berlin and in our headquarters in Frankfurt in 2009.
"The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize continues as one of the most prominent exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and is amongst the most prestigious of the international arts awards. Deutsche Börse Group is one of the leading exchange organisations and a major sponsor of photographic art. The Group owns an extensive art collection of contemporary photography which, to date, includes more than 700 works by over sixty international artists. Further information can be found on the Deutsche Börse Group website.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Insight America http://insight.magnumphotos.com/ is an ongoing and live website brought to you by Magnum www.magnumphotos.com and edited by Fred Ritchin from www.pixelpress.org It is supplied with photo's exclusively by Magnum photographers on a daily basis and will be until the election in six days time.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
6 – 23 November 2008 http://www.threeweeks.org.uk/
Thursday – Sunday, 1pm – 5pm
Preview: Saturday, 1 November 2008, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Thirteen artists tackle a derelict town house in the centre of Liverpool to create new installation artworks that respond to the suggestive atmosphere of the building. Stripped down to an empty shell through dilapidation, it is a view into the past; but one that is at once absurd, disturbing and poetic as each room conjures up disjointed narratives and fantasies.
Signs of Life emerged out of a dialogue (Three Weeks) between artists, Pippa Koszerek and John O'Hare, it is the first project to involve artists from Final Intervention, a recently formed UK-wide network of early and mid career artists and curators interested in exploring overlooked and derelict spaces. Considering what constitutes a disused site they have both chosen spaces in their respective environments, South London and Liverpool that offer very different perspectives on notions of 'final' and 'Intervention' taking the mystery of each location as a point of departure.
Bram Thomas Arnold explores drawing directly onto the different surfaces available within the dilapidated interior, drawings that wander through the building.
Justine Blau appropriates photographs taken from the web to create miniature 3D landscapes that deal with common ideas of Utopia and fantasy.
Anna Chapman integrates sonic manifestations of 'hanging around' with the existing soundscape of the building.
Gordon Culshaw undermines the privacy of the home whilst humorously discarding the evidence of surveillance so that the viewer quickly becomes obsolete.
Dave Dixon creates an impermanent installation using particle-based materials, quartz powder and dyed rice flour in a process-oriented exploration of the house.
Jemma Egan will appropriate one of the rooms as she tries to welcome birds back into the house.
Sharon Haward plays with lurking shadows of the spiral staircase that runs through the heart of the house to explore the forces of nature that have weathered and shaped the building.
Ruth Martindale uses the garden overgrowth as source material to create objects which hover between functionality and uncanny artefact.
John O'Hare attempts to perfect nature through planting painted artificial trees, accenting the waning colours of the unkempt autumnal garden at Seel Street.
Laurence Payot responds to the patterns and shapes on the walls that have emerged through years of neglect, revealing the moment when reality becomes artificial and the artificial becomes reality.
Emily Speed responds to a book found in the house 'The House Under the Water' and constructs miniature and submerged landscapes amidst the dust and debris
The Unasked-for Public Art Agency announces a new heritage scheme for 100 Seel Street, playing with the aims and techniques of preservation.
Elizabeth Willow takes the intrusion of nature and the ivy creeping through the windows as a starting point for her delicate sculptural process.
This project involves artists from a number of networks including: Final Intervention, Post, Royal Standard, and Wolstenholme Projects. It has been generously supported by The Art Organisation who have facilitated the use of 100 Seel Street.
Watch out for: Signs of Life (Part 2): Colliers Wood mid-November
Friday, 24 October 2008
I can't believe it's Friday again already, anyway I give you Dave Chappelle. Although it's Clinton V Bush it's still timely. Oh and funny. Hope you have a good weekend, It's sunny today in Manchester, nice one. I'm going to take my camera and go out to play....
Thursday, 23 October 2008
I've wanted to avoid posting anything about the American elections and so far with the exception of some nasty photo's of John McCain http://manchesterphotography.blogspot.com/2008/09/on-greenburg-v-mccain.html I've managed it. There's many reasons why I've been an American election free zone, like for instance, every other blogger and his mother already has posted & posted about it, I'm sick of seeing it, I don't know enough about American politics even though British telly is trying to get me up to speed by showing some programme on the US of A almost every bloody night. And I know I could pretend to be absolutely fascinated by the elections this time like everyone else, but to be honest I'm not bothered. Sorry, but I'm not.
I can see though that these are pretty dramatic times for Americans. A time of change, A culmination of an uncertain journey started way back in 2001. And I am interested in how American photographers will come to explore and record this period in Their countries history. Which brings me to the work of Colin Blakely www.colinblakely.com and in particular his series "Somewhere in Middle America" http://www.colinblakely.com/swima/ This work, by this artist is a fantastic start to what will no doubt be an interesting time for anyone who enjoys pictures more than politics.
I have just spent a fun packed hour or so on the website of Kelly Mark an artist based in Canada. Her work is funny, clever obsessive etc, Take for instance the picture above, making a fun fur suit for her cat? She admits she doesn't know why. Or take "Smoke Break" a site specific piece from 2004. With this she spent 8 hours chain smoking outside a building with two 15 minute breaks and 1 hour for lunch where she didn't smoke! effing brilliant. Kelly Mark www.ireallyshould.com
The School in August
The cloakroom pegs are empty now,
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Newport has, for a number of years had a fantastic reputation for turning out the next generation of talented Documentary photographer's. Judge for yourselves with this years MFA graduates. Here: http://www.thereandbackphoto.moonfruit.com/#
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Special guests: Simon Norfolk, Jacob Aue Sobol & Simon Roberts Friday, 7 November 10am-5pm Business Design Centre, London N1
Come and learn from the best in the business at Europe’s only event dedicated to aspiring professionals and early career photographers.
7 November, London IslingtonTickets £10 + £5 portfolio review
Monday, 20 October 2008
"Chucking Out" from the DUCKRABBIT crew.
I'm a huge fan of digital storytelling, ever since I first saw the work of Daniel Meadows http://www.photobus.co.uk/ So imagine my utter chuffedness (is that a word? I'm not always sure) when I got an email from the founder member of Duckrabbit http://www.duckrabbit.info/ Benjamin Chesterton. He together with photographers namely David White a Bristol based photographer www.nospin.co.uk make compelling narratives using digital storytelling techniques. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_storytelling
The above presentation "Chucking Out" is about that common site in most British cities on a weekend, to0 much ale and it's effects. It also features a gobby Manc, which I guess is also pretty common! There is also an interesting connected blog at http://duckrabbit.info/blog/
Along the same lines, last year I registered www.manchesterdigitales.blogspot.com and although so far it's just sat there gathering virtual dust So this seems like a good time to ask if anyone out there has any digital storytelling connected to Manchester/Salford send it in and I'll upload it and we can get the ball rolling.
OK, bloody great way to start the week!
Friday, 17 October 2008
Above is a taster of Pause To Begin. A new and interesting project brought to us by Flak photo www.flakphoto.com and photographers David Wright http://www.davidwrightphoto.com/davidWright.html and Ethan Jones http://www.ethanaarojones.com/. They have travelled across the USA & Mexico to conduct interviews and discuss contemporary (American)art photography with a selection of 15 photographer's. It should be interesting if not a little narrow. Different images and work will be uploaded to the Flak website during October.It's just a hunch but I'm expecting a lot of large format stuff!
Thursday, 16 October 2008
http://www.thefstopmag.com/?p=275 words fucking fail me. Whats the point? I know people who could knock that up in an hour on photoshop without the cruelty. Maybe there's some concept behind it? or maybe just some advertising revenue?
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
I first met Shaw & Shaw at the start of this year as I nervously attended a selection night for Projection 08 at Redeye's www.redeye.org.uk scary HQ on Edge Street in The Northern Quarter. I'm not great at social occasions or indeed in mixed company, or in fact in the Northern Quarter, and even a couple of plastic cups of dodgy red was doing little to help me relax. It was then I started to talk to one of Shaw & Shaw. It was Shaw I believe and they made me feel right at home.
P.S how cool are those flyer's? they arrived together done up with Royal Mail elastic bands like that in the post!
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Thursday, 9 October 2008
I have to hand it to this lot they certainly are "pro-active". Out of all the Arts organisations, galleries etc in Manchester town this lot have to be one of the most hard working and inclusive lot there is. They always seem to to be calling out for submissions, open to all and following through with shows. Well done to you lot, less talk more action fair play! And this is the latest call from them:
In a season of gift giving and receiving this exhibition offers the opportunity to pause in a culture dominated by consumption. Does you work celebrate or examine the idea of Gift and Gift Exchange? If so then please submit it for consideration. Any medium will be considered.
Deadline for submission is: 31st October
Exhibition dates: 1st December 08– 11th Jan 09
For further details contact: Ben Edson on 07951170511"
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Monday, 6 October 2008
using this camera and other equipment of similar design, made images like the one below.
You couldn't make this shit up.
Here for what I'm talking about: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/aug/02/art.photography
And here for the website that looks after his lifes work www.miroslavtichy.ch
It all reminds me a bit of the discovery of Angelo Rizzuto's photographs found by Michael Lesy http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/art/15229/ wonderful & sad at the same time. I would love to know what the MET would make of these pair? http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Antiterror_police_defend_campaign_targeting_suspicious_behaviour_of_people_with_cameras_news_195594.html
You'll be sent an image to your mobile at any random time (daylight hours) and you have just 3hrs to respond with your own image which moves the story, this image will be automatically sent to the next person in the chain and so on. All images will be exhibited in the gallery. If you can't get to the gallery to see your photo, visit the online gallery www.subplotting.com
It's a visual game of Chinese Whispers...sign up & join a story.
To sign up simply text.. BITMAP SITE to 60300
For details of what happens next and for terms and conditions visit www.subplotting.com. Texts cost 50p
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Have you just registered markpagephotography?I looked a couple of weeks ago and they weren't registered, in the meantime I was looking for a cheap host and then oops it's gone. Anyway at the moment it's just a hobby for me so it's probably better that I didn't beat you to it. Just out of interest was it your first choice? Enjoyed the photos on your site, keep up the good work.