Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
John's chosen to carry out the work on 5x4 which gives the work a whiff of Soth, (yes I know Soth shoots 10x8 stop splitting hairs) particularly with the portraiture, nowt wrong with that it's just an observation. Power's work is decidedly bleaker. It's a hell of a brave confident task making a series about a subject so large as a country, especially one with as much history (and baggage) as England, I wish them well.
Read an interview with John over on Ben Roberts blog
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
There's 500 of these beauty's gone out there and I've got #200 and I feel blessed. I got a feeling about this book, it feels special It's a lovely thing, It's a first class example of The photo book as an item of Art in it's own right. The actual images inside are like no other images of California I've seen and it's shown me something and made me think about things that are new . RJ has his own vision, something that is all too often missing from a lot of the work I see being made. Tip Top!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
A timely film by longtime friend of Manchester photography,
Reality TV by David Dunnico
Screening on the BBC Big Screen
Exchange Square Manchester
All times are approximate
Sat 16 May 10:10am 2:10pm 5:25pm 7:00pm
Sun 17 May 9:10am 11:10am 6:40pm 9:40pm
Mon 18 May 9:10am 11:10am 2:10pm 5:10pm 9:10pm 10:50pm
Tue 19 May 9:10am 11:10am 2:40pm 5:10pm 9:10pm 10:50pm
Wed 20 May 9:10am 11:10am 2:10pm 5:10pm 11pm
Thurs 21 May 9:10am 10:55am 2:40pm 5:10pm 9:10pm 10:50pm
Fri 22 May 9:10am 11:10am 2:40pm 5:10pm 9:10pm 10:45pm
Film also be shown the following week at times to be arranged. Or see it at: http://vimeo.com/3956204
More about the Big Screens at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bigscreens
Friday, 15 May 2009
This is a follow on from the last 3 posts, and it goes like so.
I'll be looking through a photographers portfolio, traditional documentary work usually about something "urban" by fantastic artists, powerful thought provoking work, original takes on gritty realism and then dunk like one bum note struck by an otherwise flawless Halle Orchestra an image of a dead pigeon appears. Why are photographers of our inner cities so prone to drop in an image of the poor dead birdy? Is it because in our sanitised society it's our only experience of raw death? Is it because it's an easy metaphor for so much that's wrong, of rot, filth etc?
And so it's there, another big screaming (or perhaps cooing) photo cliche,
But wait just a mo, this one is different than the 3 previous listings. This is one born out of accident out of not enough thought, out of taking your eye off the ball, at worst out of laziness.
It's different than the other cliches below and here. They are born out of cynicism, out of a desire to produce what the art establishment tells folk is good and therefore sells. Nothing more than pointless copies that have nothing to say and that end up devaluing the work of the artist who had the original thought, and in turn the art of photography as a whole.
So I accept that there maybe "no such thing as an original thought" we can all have "Dead pigeon" moments but as far as the Cliche crew and purveyor's of taste go, you're just fucking knobs.....
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I've tagged up Nigel Grimmer under "Artists" rather than "Photographers" I couldn't decide. I almost put him down under "Photographers" coz he does take photo's clearly. Sometimes though he doesn't, he makes things, or arranges them. but then he photographs them. Sometimes he gets people to wear furry animal masks and directs them almost like performance, but then fuck, he photographs them.
Blurry boundaries, a look at popular culture and having some fun with Art/Photography smashing......
Monday, 11 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Hey Hot Shot, competition is now closed. This comp is a pretty big deal, and once again I've not entered it. It's partly down to money, the cost of entering it always puts me off and partly down to, I don't know, always waiting to make that slightly better image.
You can now see the work of all the people who did have the money and self-belief and entered this time, HERE Loads to see. Some good, some great and some well, expected work. Well worth a look though.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Images copyright Mark Page
The above pictures I made between 2000 and around 2005. I used to love photographing at night. I shot them using film and old medium format camera's. Bloody great exposure times, just me and my camera out at 4, 5AM, often in lonely backstreets, the Adrenalin pumping like fuck at every sound, aware of every ranting drunk, every blagging smack head.I hope there's some fear, some tension in these pictures, I hope so because often I almost shat.............
I loved photographing at night because of the above reasons and because I loved the work of Brassai and Rut Blees Luxemburg, they were my nocturnal heroes.
I photographed at night because of the subject matter. These old abandoned structures I thought suited the night, this is when they oozed atmosphere, history. And then there were the colours that were produced from the long exposure and the artificial light, oh some of of those plum Sky's!
There was no cold calculated concept behind my nocturnal adventures. It was as simple as, the aesthetic suiting the subject, It helped to conjure an atmosphere that I wanted to capture.
There's been of late a lot of snobery from certain quarters about night photography, I'll admit that sometimes it can be used as a "crutch" It's often easy to get wow factor with little substance behind the pretty image, but hey that can be levelled at toy camera photography, pinhole photography or old, antiquated techniques photography, but those for some reason seldom receive the same amount of criticism.
I may no longer make night time photography myself, I moved on as in the end I was getting lazy and for me it became a gimmick I had come to rely on, but I still love to lose myself in good night shots made by others, and I'm sure I always will.
Monday, 4 May 2009
Sunday, 3 May 2009
(Re)presenting Poverty, a major new exhibition which sets out to explore different notions, representations and manifestations of 'poverty' within a global context. The exhibition features newly commissioned work in film and photography by five artists who examine poverty in its many guises. The participating artists are: Jessica Dimmock (New York), Mishka Henner (London), Sharron Lovell (Shanghai), Subhash Sharma (Mumbai) and Ali Taptik (Istabul). Presenting contrasting styles and approaches to their 'subject', the artists reveal hidden and untold stories of communities and individuals in contrasting geographical, social and cultural contexts, where the issue of poverty is often underwritten by politics of class, race and migration. Mindful of issues of voyeurism, objectification and condescension, the exhibition and related events series aim to challenge thinking and encourage debate about the conventional modes and mechanisms through which poverty is often represented and understood.
Mishka's work for the project can be see here: http://pa.photoshelter.com/gallery/All-That-Life-Can-Afford/G0000NEdehpjB0TA It will be on show at The London School of Economics with an opening night on te 6th May. He will also be talking about the work HERE & HERE.