Sunday, 30 November 2008

Osama Esid

Have been really taken by the work of Osama Esid. Hand coloured black & white images that just have to be seen! I would love to see them in the flesh so to speak, but his great website is a fair substitution. Make sure you have the sound on your computer switched on to get the full effect. Found over on Mrs Deane

Lets All Laugh At City!

World class? We can beat you at the "council house" with ten men!


Well I see that if the police aren't busy shooting innocent Brazilians or arresting MP's then they're just as happy to kick the bejesus out of some bloke in Wigan.
It hardly surprises me though. When was it that they became para- military? Why do they need to dress like they are about to take out terrorists in Mumbai when in reality they are dealing with a piss head in a wetherspoons? It's this ridiculas machismo culture that they seem to harbour that helps to make them so obnoxious......................

Friday, 28 November 2008

BBC Build.

Image copyright Mark Page

The new home for large chunks of the BBC is now coming on in leaps and bounds! Under leaden Salford sky's. Is that a Smiths lyric? if not it should have been......

Ward Roberts

Images copyright Ward Roberts

Well another (sunny) day here in Mancunia, and another great young photographer comes to my attention. This is why I love this blogging lark I get to see some smart new work. Ward hails from Australia is a recent graduate and is already turning out some great pictures. The above images are from his series "48 hours" Ward says of the work "The series title '48 hours' is about feeling claustrophobic in the space you are most comfortable i.e. your own bedroom"
I give you Ward Roberts.


Images copyright Mark Page

Knackered tonight so leave you with this.........

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Alec Soth is Ink jet lover shock!

We're all just sales men now........ found via Tom Rice-Smyth's blog
It's time to make a choice. Do we continue as we are or do we try something new? Come on lets get some new trams.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Face off between an NUM picket and police, 1984. Photograph: Don McPhee

I posted a bit about this photograph yesterday and how it was part of the excellent "Long Exposure" exhibition at The Lowry and how For me it is one of the great British newspaper pictures. I thought I would try to explain why I think this.
There has been in bloggy land the question raised "Has traditional photojournalism had it's day?" here for example This is from Joerg Colberg's Conscientious blog Now I don't know the answer to that question but I do know that I would guess that the above image is a pretty classic example of photojournalism and as far as I'm concerned just as powerful now as it was when it was first shot, you can now add to that, the historic importance that this image has gained over the last quarter century and I'm not so sure we need a "new" language of photojournalism as some are arguing for. Good is just Good, it needs no new fads or gimmicks.
Is there a better image that shows the monumental social shifts that took place during the Thatcher years? If there is I've not seen it. This is a decisive moment photograph in the true sense of the phrase. In that eye contact between the police and the miner you can see the moment that the working men of Britain were betrayed by the establishment of the day. Life for millions of people would never be the same. some would say, myself included, that we are still reeling from it today. To be able to sum up an entire period and such a momentous one at that, with a single image is a triumph not only for Don McPhee but also for photojournalism.

Manchester's Don McPhee 1945-2007

Monday, 24 November 2008

Image copyright Mark Page

A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography @ The Lowry

Don McPhee exhibition in my kitchen

Braved the wind and the rain and the "Britain's Got Talent (apparently)" auditions and headed to The Lowry yesterday to see "A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography" Was especially looking forward to seeing the late Don McPhee's work.,,2043336,00.html I rate the above photo of the police and miners one of THE great British, newspaper pictures. It's a good exhibition, tracing not only the work of some great photojournalists but also the history of news pictures. I loved seeing the old kit for sending pictures, a bit different than a jpeg attachment!

Well worth a visit, until 1st March 2009 and here for a presentation from The Guardian

Friday, 21 November 2008

Funny as F##k Friday.

The best thing to do with bigots is to laugh at the stupidity of the twats!

Zachary Ordonez

Image copyright Zachary Ordonez

I'm not sure if Zachary Ordonez's series "Quarters" as in american money, is brilliant or just cruel, he also seems to have made that poor women lose her baby, no wait, that other women's stuffing it in her coat.... His work appeals to me but then I'm a right git.

Liz Kuball

Image copyright Liz Kuball

Plenty of interesting stuff on Liz kuball's she's a fellow photog blogger too

Chris Mottalini

Image copyright Chris Mottalini
The above image is from Chris Mottalini's series "The Mistake by The Lake". Documenting bus shelter's built by parents to protect their kids from bad weather in New York state.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Through The Keyhole.

Just in case you ever wondered and I'm sure you've not...... Base Camp.

Maybe Santa Will Bring You a Teddy Bear........

Image copyright Stefanie Metz
Image copyright Kent Rogowski

And then a couple of Artists like Kent Rogowski & Stephanie Metz can start cutting them up and turning them inside out and putting them in jars Ho ho ho ha ha ha ah ah wahhhh (crazy Bond villain laugh) brilliant!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Mike Gray

Image copyright Mike Gray
Gray by name but not by photographic nature.......... I'm sorry.

Call For Submissions

LACDA, The Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art have put out a call for submissions for a juried show. So if your work is in anyway digital it could be a good way to show work in America. As with most stuff like this there is a submission fee, the good news it's only $30 so as long as the old £ doesn't drop anymore pretty reasonable. May even send something myself. You've got till 15th December here's the link:

It's Christmas! (shouted in a Noddy Holder stylie)

God I hate winter. I'm sat looking out of my office window on a grey and drizzly Salford street. I feel proper lethargic, and every time I have a chance to make photographs the weather's shit.I just want to hibernate.
However I do love Christmas, It's no wonder we have a big party at this time of the year. It must have been so druids didn't slash their wrists. And the Christmas markets are back! love em. I know it's the same old shit every year, and OK I'll no doubt get a dose of "the green apple splatters" from an under cooked German sausage, but I don't care I think they really make town Nice and Christmassy. Mulled wine though, whats that all about?

Monday, 17 November 2008

John Bulmer

On top of meeting the "Mod Father" I also went along to an exhibition of photographs by John Bulmer at The Royal Exchange Theatre. Some really interesting images shot in and around Manchester dating from the early 70's surprisingly in colour. Now I know John worked for national newspapers but I can't find anything about him online, which is a shame as he must have been a real pioneer shooting colour documentary work in those days. If you can, go and see his work, and if you know of any sites with his work on or more about him please let me know.

Sushi & Weller.

Was absolutely star struck today. My misses persuaded me to go to Yo Sushi in Selfridges for our lunch. Not at all my usual haunt but she's been a bit off colour so OK I agreed. Sat down and was just tucking into my first bowl when who should walk in and sit down next to me but only Paul bloody Weller! He must be in town for his gig tomorrow at the M.E.N which as it happens I'm going to. He was there with two of his kids and I think it must have been their idea to eat there as to be honest he looked just as confused by what to do as me. Anyway said hello shuck his hand, nice bloke and now I'm even more excited about seeing him play again. He's the man!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

A Sunday Thought.

Image copyright Mark Page

I thought today that in keeping with the Sabbath we could get a little contemplative. This has come about because I have just rediscovered an old Victorian book I forgot I had called "A Sunday At Home" and also because of something a friend recently did that made me all thoughtful and to be honest a tad morose, so be warned. Now that I've set the tone for that whole Sunday service bit, I'll just give you a bit more atmosphere below.

Are them pews good and hard? Good then I'll begin.

This friend of mine who's an illustrator, was asking me where he could get some old photographs from, you know the sort of thing just a collection of "snaps" cool vintage stuff. I told him I thought he would be lucky to find anything like that nowadays as appropriating old photographs was a bit of a fad with both art photographers and artists alike.

He took no notice of me like most of my friends, and spent the afternoon rummaging around various secondhand bookshops around Shudehill. A few hours later and £400 lighter (I may be doing his funeral service when he tells his girlfriend) he turned up with a box of old photo's. We spent a while looking through several hundred black & white prints mostly on 8x10 fibre based paper. They were mainly landscapes of the Cheshire countryside in and around Hale.,_Greater_Manchester There were also shots from around North Wales and some group portraits. Most had information on the back, neatly typed onto bits of paper and glued on. Place, season subject, F.stop speed etc. Annoyingly no dates though. There also appeared the same name. (I won't publish it here.)

It became apparent that they had all been taken by the same man, and had been printed by him. I imagine that he was a "serious amature" and this was his life's work. We treated them with more respect and both got a little melancholy. They were well made prints often different versions of the same subject. This was the work of somebody who cared a great deal about the images they were making.

I'm glad my friend made a rash decision to spend £400 on that box of old photo's He intends to sort through and maybe get them online for other people to enjoy. It made me think about what would happen to the photographs I've taken. I, like the man from Hale have spent time and effort in making them. I hope that if they end up in a cardboard box in the backroom of a musty shop somewhere in Manchester that someone like my friend finds them and appreciates them.

So that's it, just a quick thought on mortality and what not, fucking hell cheer up!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

WWW (world wide work)

Image copyright Mikiko Hara

I am aware that this blog has been a little USA biased when highlighting the work of photographers. I personally have no leaning to the work of one country more than another. If I find someones work interesting I'll post about it regardless of the nationality of the photographer. Perhaps it's just that American artists are a little more sophisticated when it comes to promoting their work online.

So tonight trying to redress the balance I bring you two websites that promote the work of artists from other parts of the world. First up is photo.sittcomm which showcases the work of photographers based in Central & Eastern Europe, although India is also included which I think is stretching the definition of Europe even more than The Eurovision Song Contest!

And looking at Japanese work, from outside Japan, which also seems to "hide it's light under a bushel" at least when it comes to the work of it's photographers comes japan-photo
Two great ways to see stacks of bloody great photography.

Magnum Young Gun Wins

Image copyright Mikhael Subotzky
Magnum nominee Mikhael Subotzky has been awarded this years Eugene Smith Award. for his work on crime and punishment in South Africa.
So let me get this right. He's 27 a Magnum nominee and has now been awarded $30,000 by the Eugene Smith Foundation. I'm happy for him honestly I am. And over on the Conscientious blog Google group they've been discussing if traditional photojournalism has a future.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Gangs Of Manchester

We've all heard about Manchester gangs and "Gunchester" first coined I believe by The Guardian in a weekend supplement back in the early 90's. No doubt designed to sell papers and scare the shit out of the middle classes busy setting up home in Chorlton.

This Gangs of Manchester is a different kettle of fish (or kettle of Dahl if reading in Chorlton) It's a trip back in time to Victorian Manchester/Salford and charts the rise and fall of what is reputed to be Britain's first youth cult, The Scuttlers. This book is filled with fascinating stories not only about these Victorian "roughs" but also gives insight into other aspects of Manchester's murky past.

This book will show you that the "Good Old Days" are a romantic myth and we should forget the paranoia of the media and thank God the streets of this fair city are a hell of a lot safer now than then. Go buy it here: read more here:
A bloody good read.

Katarina Radovic

Images copyright Katarina Radovic

Another interesting angle on portraiture. Katarina Radovic's "A Husband in Paris" found over at Lens Culture More of Katarina's work here:

Monday, 10 November 2008

Richard Renaldi

Image Copyright Richard Renaldi

Featured in the latest edition of Fraction Mag is "Touching Strangers" by Richard Renaldi. This work is all over the photo blogs. It really seems to have captured peoples imaginations, and it's no wonder. It's a bloody great bit of work!

Approaching complete strangers and asking to take their pictures is never an easy thing to do. Approaching different sets of complete strangers and asking them to "touch" each other and then if that's not enough ask them to wait while you set up a ruddy great 10x8 camera, well, respect.

New Fraction Mag

The latest edition of Fraction Mag is online and yours truly has some work in it as part of the group show "Typologies" go see. It's work from my series "25 Potential Weapons Descending in Order of Desperation" I'm well pleased to have been included in this. Not only because it's the first time I've been published in anything outside the UK, but also because it's a bit of an honour to have such illustrious stable mates!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Image copyright Mark Page

Free 10" Garlic Bread With Orders Over £10.

Images copyright Mark Page (kinda)
This is a new series I have uploaded to my homepage today. In a way it follows on from the last post, this is my attempt to look at issues about fast food here in the UK. At the moment I'm just collecting the menu's that come through my door. I want to expand on this by collecting fast food menu's from all over the Manchester area and maybe UK, as many as I can. Why? I just love them. I love their design the colours the artwork etc, bollocks I just think they're funny. And also for historic value. I would love to see fast food menu's from the middle ages.
I want to expand the idea and photograph the sites that the menu's come from. Take a look above and then tell me where the idea to call it Miami came from. I've never been to Florida but I did watch Miami vice and it looked fuck all like that. Here for more:

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Susana Raab

Image copyright Susana Raab

Susana Raab's series "Consumed" looks at fast food consumption in the US.

Purpose Magazine

Latest edition of this great webmag Purpose. This time taking childhood as it's theme.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

I Hope All Your Dreams Come True.

I don't know many Americans, at least not in the flesh. I know a fair few though virtually, through photography blogs etc, and I know that most of them are routing for Obama. I hope they get who they believe will save America. I hope it's Obama, I believe that out of the two even though to be honest McCain seems like a decent man, I think it's important that America has a symbol of change and that has to be Obama.

A word of caution though. I get a bit of a sense of 1997. We in Britain longed for change after 19 years of Tory. As Americans you may not realise just how much us Brits longed for change and we whole heartedly believed that New Labour and Tony Blair would give us that change. Just a word to the wise.

Gustav Gustafsson

Image copyright Gustav Gustafsson
Gustav's website is a bastard to navigate which is a shame because there's some top stuff on there. Persevere my friends persevere.

Monday, 3 November 2008

New Web Things.

Wassenaar is a new webmag brought to you by the people behind We Can't Paint That's another welcome addition to the photie web world. Also you probably know already but if not I'll tell you that good old Joerg Colberg has set up a Google Group over on his world famous photography blog Conscientious & here for said group I'm sitting on the sidelines at the moment, but some pretty smart discussions going down, I think it may well turn into a virtual smokey bar which would be great.

Memorial Photographs

This post has nothing to do with the fact that Halloween has just gone! I found this article over on Photojojo which is a surprise as it's far from their usual fare. I always found this branch of photography fascinating, not least because we no longer do it. It is partly no doubt to do with our modern unhealthy relationship with death.
I last attended a funeral in 2007, it was my Grandads. It is the first family function I can remember in a long time where people knowing that I am a photographer didn't ask why didn't you bring your camera? I must admit I wanted to but was to scared. I knew that it wouldn't have been accepted and would have upset people, not something you want to do at a funeral. But why is that? why are funerals and death the one big life event that we don't feel we can/should record?

Noise Festival 2008

The Biennial creative festival that started down-under and moved north a couple of years ago is getting ready to announce it's winners. Billed as "The Olympics of Creativity" (I'm really not sure if I like that sentiment) it is, if nothing else a decent barometer for what the youngsters are up to when it comes to the arts including photography.
There is a mass of photo's on the website, perhaps too many to be able to do any kind of fair survey and it has got a bit of a flickr feel about it. However there is some interesting stuff on there, sometimes frustrated by the fact that some of these young pretenders still have no websites which stops you seeing more of their work. I find that, hard to believe in this day and age.
Anyway go see here: Richard Billingham was the judge for the photography section and I'm waiting to receive an email letting me know his top five. I'll let you know.