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Slideluck Potshow London: Two highlights – Japan, I wish I knew your name by Pierfrancesco Celada and Mute: The Silence of Dogs by Martin Usborne

Slideluck Potshow London, organized by Mariateresa Salvati and invited to Brighton by the Miniclicks Photo Talks crew, held its first event in Brighton on Sunday to screen a selection of photos from past editions. 24 works were chosen by New Statesman photo editor, Rebecca McClelland, and artistic director and curator of QUAD and coFounder and director of FORMAT Festival, Louise Clements. As with Pecha Kucha, there is a particular formula for the events which take place in cities around the world. The event is free and is organised on a voluntary basis.

What is Slideshow Potluck?
“It is a NYC-based arts non-profit, operating in many cities globally, that aims to bring people together around food and art, and to give people an interesting, engaging, and fun platform for sharing art with their community.” From the website.

PIERFRANCESCO CELADA – JAPAN, I WISH I KNEW YOUR NAME

Japan, I wish I knew your name from pierfrancesco celada on Vimeo.

Pierfrancesco Celada is one to watch and his multimedia piece, Japan, I wish I knew your name, with its artful interplay of still photography, moving image and sound, was, for me, one of the highlights of the Slideshow. Why? Because the whole concept works really well as a multimedia work; it is well-conceived, wonderfully executed and is elevated by its aesthetic considerations, sequencing, use of camera shots and the ambient soundscapes. I was utterly transported for all 3mins 51 secs.

The work was produced at Magnum in Motion, New York, courtesy of Ideastap Photographic Award and received an Honourable Mention, Lensculture International Exposure Awards, 2011.

Celada writes: “During a brief visit to Japan in 2009 I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. Language and cultural differences were only augmenting this distance between the locals and me. However, while observing people, it was clear that even indigenous were not able to interact successfully. I have then decided to come back in 2010 and better visualize these concepts.

“The Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Megalopolis, also called Taiheiyō Belt is a unique example of urban agglomeration with an estimated population of over 80 million people. Despite this incredibly high number of chances to interact, it seems that society is moving in the opposite direction. The purpose of this investigation is to create awareness and highlight the problems that modernization and the rapid changes in the environment create in our lives. Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Do we feel part of the environment? Are we alone in the crowd?” From the website.

MARTIN USBORNE – MUTE – THE SILENCE OF DOGS IN CARS


© Martin Osborne, The Silence of Dogs in Cars, 2012
I love Martin’s body of work, The Silence of Dogs in Cars, which was featured in Hotshoe magazine. So it was fantastic to see the collection of images as a slideshow and the immersion in the backroom of the Green Door in Brighton seemed to echo that of the dogs in the cars, especially as photographers were dotted round the room taking photos as we watched the show. (Note to organizers: I find that it disturbs my concentration when I’m watching a slideshow or film and I know that people are taking photos. What about after the show, rather than during?)

I really feel for these dogs and Martin does too. In fact, he cares so much that he’s set up A year to help blog where you can follow his progress as he attempts “to save all animals everywhere” in a year. I should put him in touch with my mum, who wants some of her ashes scattered in the Coliseum or Torre Argentina where the Gatti di Roma (Cats of Rome) have special status.

I love the text on his website too: “Martin lives in East London where he has his photographic studio. He is interested in the ever-curious and often disturbing relationship between humans and other animals.” However, if he reads this, there is the letter n missing from the first ‘and’ in the text on his site, I’ve added it here. Call me pedantic, but I’d rather mention it so that it can be rectified, than ignore it.

If you’re going to Paris Photo, Martin will be doing a book signing of Mute – The Silence of Dogs in Cars tomorrow at 4pm at the Kehrer Publishing stand, EE3. And if you miss this, you can catch the show in London next year from 19 March  – 27 April 2013 when it will be exhibited at The Little Black Gallery.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photography Shows, short films Tagged: brighton, HotShoe, Japan I wish I knew your name, Kehrer Publishing, Louise Clements, Mariateresa Salvati, Paris Photo, Pierfrancesco Celada, Rebecca McClelland, Slideluck Potshow Brighton, The Little Black Gallery, The Silence of Dogs

The future of photography

It’s been at least six months since an institution posed the modest question, what is the future of photography? so here is the latest manifestation of that discourse. During Unseen 2012, the Friday afternoon panel discussion ‘Future of Photography’ examined ‘what’s next’ in the contemporary photography landscape. Panel discussions members included Marc Feustel (Eyecurious blog), Simon Baker (Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate), James Reid (Director of Photography at Wallpaper), Christine Ollier (Artistic Director of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire), Francois Hébel (Director of Les Rencontres d’Arles Festival). The discussion was moderated by Marcel Feil, Artistic Director of FOAM.

In all seriousness, it’s a highly engaging and enjoyable video, particularly the section that flags up work from the new generation of photographic artists who are making waves (think Dru Donovan, Asger Carlsen, Letha Wilson, Akiko Takizawa to name but a few) and serves to highlight the many and various directions in which the medium is headed. If you want to read a summary of the issues that came to the fore before watching click here.

Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie en Gaspésie

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Over 900 photos | 30 photographers from Québec and elsewhere, recognized or emerging | 20 activities in the presence of photographers | 14 host municipalities in the Gaspé

On the theme of “Shaping the Course,” the third edition of Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie en Gaspésie, being held in the summer of 2012, is an invitation to travel the Gaspé Peninsula and follow the artistic trajectory of over 30 photographers from the region and elsewhere.

The holding of Rencontres here means that a tour of the Gaspé amounts to a trip around the world. “Our objective is to inhabit the huge Gaspé territory, and to use all the means placed at our disposal to present and champion artists’ work,” emphasizes Rencontres executive and artistic director Claude Goulet.

The focus of Rencontres this year is the role of the artist in society, the idea being to provide experiences for the eye and food for thought while addressing different esthetics, different probings of the landscape, the environment, the region and the representation of day-to-day life.

From August 18 to 25, professional week is taking place, which will bring together all the photographers participating in Rencontres around the subject of creation. That week constitutes a unique opportunity for the public to meet – at projections, workshops and lectures – the more than 30 professional and emerging photographers from the Gaspé, elsewhere in Québec, and from Canada, the United States and Europe.

The public can visit the photographic installations and exhibits from July 6 to September 10 in the 14 host municipalities: Cap-Chat, Marsoui, Rivière-à-Claude, Grande-Vallée, Gaspé, Percé, Chandler, Paspébiac, Bonaventure, New Richmond, Maria, Carleton-sur-Mer, Nouvelle and Matapedia.

Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie is an invitation to come and meet these artists in a region where photographs and landscapes unite around an artistic project. For further details: photogaspesie.ca.

RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE EN GASPÉSIE
3rd Edition: Shaping The Course
Exhibitions : July 6 through September 12, 2012
Professional Week : August 18 through 25, 2012

›› View video interviews featuring guest photographers here.
›› View a full schedule of the summer’s events here.


© Anja Neidringhaus, At War
© Vanessa Winship,
Georgia
© Jocelyne Alloucherie,
Sirènes, 511 Gallery, New York

Ochi Reyes

All images © Ochi Reyes

Last Saturday, I met up with my fellow judges and the participating photographers from this year’s Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed at The Photographers’ Gallery offices for the follow-up portfolio reviews and slideshow. Now in its fourth year, the competition celebrates the breadth and dynamism of photographic work produced by recent graduates from across the UK. Following an online application process, the 20 selected finalists were exhibited in an online gallery. To see the list of those photographers who were included, and their respective works click here. This year’s judges were Edmund Clark, photographer; Louise Clements, Artistic Director, QUAD and Format International Photography Festival; and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery and yours truly, (Editor-in Chief, 1000 Words Photography Magazine).

At some point during one session with a particular finalist, Ochi Reyes, a voice in my head started to channel the words “She’s got something special” for these indelible self-portraits hit me hard. Their dry humour and deadpan compositions and style remind us of better-known female practitioners from the past such as Jo Spence but also speak in the more contemporary photographic language of say Marina Abromovic or even Catherine Opie. Poignant and political, Reyes’ work examines the influence of the other on the self. She is interested in how our identities are culturally constructed, and her photography explores how conceptions of gender distinctions, love and desire are imposed on our bodies from outside. More often than not, the characters in her photographs are actors, and she questions how we become actors in our own bodies, playing out the roles already scripted and prepared for us. Her photographs question the nature of representation, often exploring the mise-en-abîme effect of using one sort of representation inside another. In her artist statement for the project Revelations, shown above, she writes:

“My own body and thoughts are the basis for a critical examination of society’s expectations to do with identity, surrounding issues of age, gender and family. All of the thoughts scratched onto my skin are related to not fitting in and the feeling of anxiety arising from this displacement. The surface of my body portrays how these thoughts, which come from outside, find their way not only into my psyche but also into my own body image.

My skin condition, dermographism, means that the surface of my body can be inscribed as if it were a slate. In the same way that early morning thoughts linger for a short while before they disappear, leaving a slight trace that remains throughout the day, my skin slowly goes back to normal over the course of the day and is ready the following morning to be re-inscribed. It is not only this malleability of the skin, that interests me, but also the idea that skin absorbs information from the outside world; it is the interface between the self and others, both separating us and becoming the physical link between our bodies.”


Ochi Reyes was born in Madrid in 1974. After studying at Murcia School of Art she moved to London and completed a degree at Westminster University in Photographic Arts in 2010. In 2005 her project Photographs of an Amorous Discourse was shortlisted in the category Descubrimientos in PhotoEspaña. She is currently studying for an MA in Photographic Studies at Westminster University. Definitely one to watch.

Guernsey Photo Festival 2011 sets sail for a month of photography,

THE GUERNSEY PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2011

Jean-Christophe Godet artistic director and founder Guernsey Photography Festival 2011

L-R Adam Patterson and Dana Popa, © Miranda Gavin

L-R Adam Patterson and Dana Popa, © Miranda Gavin

L-R Lauren Heinz, Adam Patterson and Dana Popa, © Miranda Gavin

L-R Lauren Heinz, Adam Patterson and Dana Popa, © Miranda Gavin

The audience at the Adam Patterson and Dana Popa talk, © Miranda Gavin

The audience at the Adam Patterson and Dana Popa talk, © Miranda Gavin

The Guernsey Photo Festival, now in its second year, opened its doors to the public and the press with a series of talks. Artistic director and founder of the festival is photographer Jean-Christophe Godet. Photos above are from the talk given by Adam Patterson and Dana Popa with Lauren Heinz from Foto8 who presented the photographers to the Guernsey audience. The Return Journey show is curated by Foto8 magazine.

The photos below are from some of the shows, more tomorrow from another Photo Stroll on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Thanks to all those who welcomed us to the island. Some thoughts on the photo festival to come. For now, the visuals for you to form your own impression of a small slice of the Guernsey Photo Festival 2011. To see more photos…

ADAM PATTERSON – THE RETURN JOURNEY

DANA POPA – THE RETURN JOURNEY

CAROLYN DRAKE – PARADISE RIVERS
To see more click here for Carolyn Drake’s Paradise Rivers.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals Tagged: Adam Patterson, Dana Popa, Foto8, Guernsey Photo Festival, Guernsey Photo Festival 2011, Jean Christophe Godet, Lauren Heinz

Louise Clements talks about FORMAT Photography Festival

Louise CLEMENTS – is the Artistic Director and Curator at QUAD, a visual arts and media centre in Derby UK. She is also co-founder and Artistic Director/Curator of FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby UK. bed bugs nyc . FORMAT is one of the UK’s leading contemporary photography festivals. Its biennial programme celebrates the best of contemporary photography from all over the world.and offers photography exhibitions, mass participation, portfolio reviews, commissions, open submission, curated shows, events and more. lawn mowers . divorce in pa . The next FORMAT will take place in March 2011 on the theme ‘Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the Public Realm’ curated around street photography

Festival ImageSingulières 2010

                              

Festival ImageSingulières launches its second edition in Sète, (South France) from May 13 to May 30, 2010, featuring an exciting programme of documentary photography with exhibtions, workshop, talks and screening evenings. 15 exhibtions will be held in 10 venues through the city.

© Jacob Holdt ” American Pictures

Great photographers are exhibited: Jacob Holdt, Michael Ackermann, Lars Turnbjork, Christopher Anderson, Pieter Ten Hoopen and… Juliana Beasley.

 

© Juliana Beasley, Boy and Kitty Cat, 2009 /Sète#10

New York based photographer and fellow contributor to Food For Your Eyes, Juliana Beasley has been invited last summer by ImageSingulières and Cètavoir for a one-month residency in Sète to draw a personal portrait of the town and the inhabitants.

© Juliana Beasley, Claude and his Mother 2009 /Sète#10

Juliana Beasley’s personnal approach and interest in human beings that prevailed in her  bodies of work, from Lapdancer to Last Stop Rockaway Park, is a welcoming and audacious photographic  choice made by Gilles Favier, the festival artistic director. ( And yes, as a “facilitator”, I assume to be responsible for having Juliana been chosen to walk into the footsteps of the past resident in Sète, the swedish photographer Anders Petersen. I am sincerely grateful to Gilles Favier for his trust! )

  

© Juliana Beasley Nurse Aide 2009/Sète#10        

The experience was challenging and a memorable one for Juliana who landed in the Mediterranean fishing port with no ideas of what she could find here. But at the end, her residency resulted in the book,“Juliana Beasley- Sète #10”,” co-published by Images en manoeuvres editions, with a foreword written by the well-respected curator, writer and founder of Agence Vu’, Christian Caujolle…Certainly a promising sign  for Juliana Beasley and her photograhy in France!

Order the Book Juliana Beasley/ Sète#10 published by Images en manoeuvres editions


Read more on Juliana Beasley at Festival ImageSingulières on Elizabeth Avedon Blog

In Food For Your Eyes archives , Festival ImageSingulières 2009

PS: I wish you good luck Juliana!  I can’t wait myself to land in Sète to join you for the opening of ImageSingulières 2010 and the highlights of the festival : the launch of “Sète #10” book and the talks with Jacob Holdt,