Friday, 27 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Getting ready for Saturday night (28th) They have at last confimed that they are playing and I can't wait. http://www.manchesteracademy.net/Artist%20Pages/thefall.html
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Martin Parr had taken Ruth's picture a couple of weeks before, for a Guardian supplement about Manchester, (I won't reproduce here, I'm in enough trouble with The Guardian as it is) but let's just say he missed by a long chalk, and I'm sure Ruth won't mind me saying, he made her look like a "black Ena Sharples" complete with a two up, two down terrace backdrop, no doubt representing Manchester. Now for me the picture from the two above, that I like best of Ruth is the bottom one. It's the one she likes best, and probably the one that will get used for press releases. However when it came to me thinking about submissions to the NPG photo prize, it's the top one I know will have more chance. It's because she's not smiling. Even though smiling is a big part of Ruth's personality, in the art photography world it's a big no no. Just take a look at previous years winners and finalist's if you don't believe me. Thing is if I had took a picture of Ruth where she wasn't smiling it would not have been true. How many so called great portraits are the same? why do we not like pictures of happy people? What ever happened to "Say Cheese"?
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Now I would never describe myself as a "Green" and eco warrior I am not. Mark "Swampy" page is a nickname I'm unlikely to ever be called. My other half is forever telling me off because I've left the bathroom light on. However last night watching Newsnight's article on mining in Peru, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7460388.stm made even an old sceptic like me think. Now this is nothing against China, they are only doing what we in the west have already done, but it does make you wonder how long dear old planet earth can continue taking this abuse. These are big questions that need to be asked of course, and I'm glad that an artist of the caliber of Edward Burtynsky is one person asking those questions. http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/ monumental photographs of monumental issues if you like.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
From the series "Belonging" Images copyright Carolyn Lefley
Finding the work of Carolyn Lefley was a great way to start my day! Exploring themes such as memory and home, there is for me, a dark edge to much of her work, subtle though like just adding the right amount of salt to an already delicious meal, say perhaps porridge (see "Belonging") Read and see more at http://www.carolynlefley.co.uk/
Monday, 16 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
- June 17 & 18, Archipelago Art Gallery, Sheffield.
- June 19 & 20, Studio Y Gallery, Birmingham.
- June 21 & 22, The Basement, Brighton.
- June 23 Nottinghill Arts Club, London.
- June 25, Inn on The Green, London.
- June 28 & 29, Hyde Park, London.
- July 4 & 5, The Croft, Bristol.
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Friday, 13 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
I've just had this in, (not long left) and thought it may be of use to you younger lot. It's a great opportunity, just look at that list of judges!
The Ian Parry Scholarship 2008 deadline is Friday 20th June 2008. All applications must be digital. Our FTP instructions and the application form are available from http://www.ianparry.org/
Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died whilst on assignment for the Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years old. The Scholarship was set up by the Sunday Times and Ian’s friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.
Each year we hold a competition for photographers who are either attending a full-time recognised photography course or who are 24 years old and under. Entrants must submit a digital portfolio of their work to our FTP and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the award. Currently the prize is £3,000 towards their assignment and £500 to those awarded highly commended and commended.
As you can imagine this is a significant prize for a photographer and coupled with the continued support of The Sunday Times Magazine, which > publishes the winner's work, the scholarship provides an excellent launch into a professional photography career. Year after year, the award has highlighted the work of some of the industry’s finest emerging talent, all of whom have progressed into professional careers and still support the award.
We are delighted to announce that World Press Photo have again agreed to automatically accept the winner onto their final list of nominees > for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. This is because of so many of our previous winners having attended this prestigious event in recent years.
Our 2008 jury are: Don McCullin Patron, Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos & 2002 Winner, Tom Stoddart Getty Images, Tony Chambers Editor-in-Chief Wallpaper* magazine, Cheryl Newman Photography Director Saturday Telegraph magazine, John Downing Trustee, Steve Blogg Getty Images, Stephen Reid Art Director Sunday Times magazine and Ian’s family. Judging will be held on the 1st July at the Frontline Club in London http://www.frontlineclub.com/ Once again, our extremely popular and well-attended print exhibition will take place in London at the Getty Images Gallery. The exhibition will run from the 7th August to the 16th August 2008. Our key sponsors are The Sunday Times, Getty Images and Canon. Our thanks to all our other sponsors and the Frontline Club, British Journal of Photography and the Getty Gallery for their generous support. Rebecca McClelland, Deputy Director http://uk.f230.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com&YY=32137&y5beta=yes&y5beta=yes&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b Ian Parry Scholarship Tel: 0207 5020310 http://www.ianparry.org/
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
It seems like a good time to look at the work of Richard Prince, after the last couple of days. What do we think? Art or just copyright infringement? Now before anyone gets on their high horse, I'm NOT saying that blogging is the same, I'm saying "A times they are a changing" (copyright Bob Dylan) and keep screaming "It's the Law" is not a valid argument..................... http://www.richardprinceart.com/
Monday, 9 June 2008
You know I'd had a really good weekend, I finally got off my arse and made it to Crosby, Liverpool to see Antony Gormley's http://www.antonygormley.com/ "Another Place" and then getting an email from that clown brings you back to earth. (see last post) In a way though it ties in nicely with Gormley's work, an average middle age man stands stoically, embedded in the here and now, facing all that both nature and the modern world can throw at him. I urge you to go see, it's inspiring.
Friday, 6 June 2008
This post is in response to a piece I read on another blog, 5b4 http://5b4.blogspot.com/ to be more precise. It was a review of a new book by British photographer Stephen Gill, http://www.stephengill.co.uk/ The article by jeff Ladd can be read here: http://5b4.blogspot.com/2008/05/series-of-disappointments-by-stephen.html It basically was less than sympathetic to this work and also some of Gill's other work. Here's the gist:
"For me Stephen Gill’s books have mostly amounted to illustrating well thought out and somewhat entertaining gimmicks that suit the idea of a book whether it is buying a cheap camera at a flea market and using it to photograph the flea market and surroundings (Hackney Wick) -- burying photographs of Hackney Wick in Hackney Wick and then burying the books too (Buried) -- photographing street workers wearing yellow safety jackets (Invisible) -- or photographing folded toilet paper (Anonymous Origami).
Christoph Schaden called Gill’s strategy ‘form follows technique follows topic.’ For me this naturally leads into the dangerous territory of gimmickry. To pile a lot of backstory about a camera bought for 50p from a man selling items out of his car boot in Hackney and then using that camera to photograph the place somehow makes these images more interesting? As much as Hackney Wick was touted as “one of the most important photo books,” do the owners of that book pull it frequently from their shelves for the actual pictures made with that 50p camera? I don’t know the answer obviously but I suspect that most of the copies need a good dusting".
Ladd, who's own work can be seen here:http://jeffreyladd.com/index.html appears to take a swipe at Gill's oeuvre implying, no actually saying that there is little substance, just novelty to his work.Now that's got me wondering how you would define a Gimmick? What's the difference between a brilliantly simple idea and a mere Gimmick when it comes to Art? Are say Bruce Gilden's pictures gimmick or technique? I don't know, I'm asking a question here as much as anything. I do feel that Jeff Ladd is just missing the point, (Not to mention the idiots who left comments on his blog about the post). I think Gill's work is original and exciting, Perhaps a little too English for Ladd's American sensibilities. I will again repeat the quote by Evan Williams, co-founder of twitter:
" The best ideas are always those that are obvious in retrospect. It's not about being clever, it's having the breakthrough to see the obvious thing that wasn't obvious to everybody"
And that for me, is the beauty of Gill's work.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Now I've got your attention I thought you may be interested in this. It's been fairly well publicised in blog world so you may have already seen it. Found at Conscientious and I quote,
Women in Photography
The new website Women in Photography launched today with its first post. Amy and Cara told me they're still looking for more photographers to add, so there really is no excuse not send send them an email!
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Charlie together with Kate Mellor also run Mellormeecham Handprinting which is based in Todmorden, Lancs http://www.mellormeecham.co.uk/index.html and offer some quality services to artist's, so anyone, like me, who is still reeling from the loss of Pro2Col may find this the answer.
Monday, 2 June 2008