Tag Archives: Photographers blogs

Guest Blogger 2 – Landscape Photography tips and advice with Toby Smith and Robert Leslie on the World Photography Organisation Blog

© Robert Leslie, Leroux Wash Arizona 2011, Stormbelt. “The most pristine water a man can take, they are drilling it out of the ground. So now the old folks are saying, “What happened to all the deer? What happened to all the birds?” All because of some greedy people lighting up the whole city of New York & LA” Navajo Nation Member

For my second post on the World Photo Organisation Blog, Landscape Photography – Getting it Right, I get some tips and advice and touch upon the question of the acceptable levels of post-production in landscape photography. This is a topic I will return to on Hotshoe Blog later.

I’m no landscape photographer so I asked two well-travelled photographers Toby Smith (TS) and Robert Leslie (RL) for some advice. One tip that is oft repeated is ‘being in the right place at the right time’. Apart from this, you also need patience, determination and a good eye.”

Read more over at the WPO blog.

Photo © Toby Smith/Reportage by Getty Images
BAOTAO, CHINA – DECEMBER 20, 2010: Coal trucks grind down-hill from an open-cast coal mine to the main-highway. Congestion at the highway, weighing points and intersections often sees the vehicles jammed for days as China attempts to redistribute its coal.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photojournalism Tagged: Edmund Clarke, HotShoe magazine, Landscape photography Tips, Low-light photography, Miranda Gavin, Post-production, Processing RAW, Robert Leslie, Toby Smith, World Photo Organisation Blog

Guest Blogger – Join Hotshoe Blog discussing creativity over on the World Photography Organisation Blog

Today and for the next few Wednesdays, I’ll be guest blogging over at the World Photography Organisation Blog starting with my first post, Creativity and Photography: Partners in Time. To whet your appetite, I’ve included the intro from the post.

To read more and see the full post, click on the link above in bold.

“In order to create, we have to stand in that space between what we see in the world, and what we hope for…” Julie Burstein, TED talk.

“Creativity lies at the heart of producing any photographic or artistic work. But it is not limited to these areas, it exists everywhere. I believe that we all have that potential to be creative within us, we just need to find the space and opportunities to allow ourselves to be open and free to play. For my first post on the WPO blog, I want to share some ideas with you about creativity in the hope that you all feel inspired to go forward and create…”

Filed under: Photographers, Photographers blogs Tagged: creativity, Julie Burstein, Miranda Gavin, Photography, World Photography Organisation

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

Photo News – John Stezaker wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012

John Stezaker (b.1949, UK) has been awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at a special ceremony in The Photographers’ Gallery on Monday 3 September 2012. The £30,000 award was presented by artist and 2003 winner of the Prize, Juergen Teller. Photos from the award ceremony to come tomorrow as I am working on the fly but wanted to post this asap. I posted on the fly while out and about on Monday evening and it was saved to drafts and not published. So here it is, a little later than planned, but heh – that’s life.

The Prize is awarded to a photographer of any nationality for their significant contribution to the medium of photography either through an exhibition or publication, in Europe between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011. John Stezaker won for his exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (29 January – 18 March 2011).

Stezaker’s collages examine our multifaceted relationship to the image. Through his juxtapositions of found photographs, illustrations and stills taken from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to create new and poignant meanings. John Stezaker was chosen by jury members: François Hébel, Director, Les Rencontres d’Arles; Martin Parr, artist; Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. The other shortlisted artists for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, each awarded £3,000, are: Pieter Hugo (b.1976, South Africa) for his publication Permanent Error, published by Prestel (Germany, 2011); Rinko Kawauchi (b.1972, Japan) for her publication Illuminance, published byEditions Xavier Barral (France, 2011); and Christopher Williams (b. 1956, USA) for his exhibition Kapitalistischer Realismus at Dům umění České Budějovice, Budweis, Czech Republic (5 May – 12 June 2011).

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers blogs, Photography Awards & Competitions, Uncategorized Tagged: Deutsche Borse award 2012, John Stezaker, london, Photo award, photo collage, The Photographers’ Gallery

Photo Stroll – Controversies photo show at the Rudolfinium Gallery Prague – Part 2

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And, here’s part two of the show Controversies (Kotroverze) on at the Rudolfinium Gallery in Prague until 13 November. This time as a slide show as it’s the weekend and, if pictures really are worth a thousand words, then you have 30,000 to enjoy, more words than I could even contemplate writing. Till tomorrow.

Click to view slideshow.

Filed under: Photographers blogs, Photography & Contracts, Photography & Philosophy, Photography Shows, Portraiture Tagged: Controversies, Galerie Rudolfinium, Kotroverze, Miranda Gavin, photo show, Prague, Rudolfinium Gallery

Photo News: Detroit: a Self-Portrait: Found Photos 2009-10 show in Stockholm, the future of books event in London and calls for entries

Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010

If you can, check out Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010 by Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese at the Stockholm kulturhuset from 17 September – 20 November.

Drawn from an archive of hundreds of found images from the 1980s and 1990s that have degraded and discoloured, the photos “appear to have been taken by the Police or other state authorities as evidence of various crimes, accidents, suspects and victims, mostly in poor neighbourhoods. Abandoned to the heat, cold and damp the photos have begun to discolour and decay. In this condition they become traces of two historical moments, the first recorded by the photos as images, the second by the photos as fragile objects.”

News in, via Pippa Wieglos, that the London Street Photography Festival raised over £5,500 in its recent auction. Twenty one lots went under the hammer as part of raising funds for the 2012 London Street Festival of Photography. Bids ranged from £80 to £1,100, with the highest bid of £1,100 for a photo of man, dated 31st March 31 1957, by Vivian Maier who died leaving an archive of over 100,000 negatives.

Sojournposse Multimedia will be hosting an event Whatever is to become of books? in the Inspiration Room at the London Design Festival 2011 on Saturday 17 September 17 from 10:30am to 3:00pm, cost £3.00, plus £0.73 PayPal fee, and there are calls for entries to Boutographies open competition with a deadline of 30 November, the Arte Laguna Prize for visual artists, deadline 11 November, and Photomonth Youth Photography Award, deadline 18 October. Read over for more.

The Arte Laguna Prize, an international art contest with a photo category is calling for entries. Thanks to Marta Falcon for bringing it to my attention. The total cash prize is 170.000 Euros, 7.000 Euros per section but there’s an entry fee of between 50 Euros for one, and 90 Euros, to submit two works. “Besides money, the Arte Laguna Prize offers opportunities for artists, such as art residencies, personal exhibitions in galleries, collective exhibitions, attendance at an international Festival. There is no age limit,” writes Marta.

BOUTOGRAPHIES
Boutographies has an open application submission, and is “not by personal choice or established networks. The reason for this choice is to allow anyone practising photography with a certain degree of seriousness to have the opportunity to participate in an international festival”.

PRIZES
Works selected for exhibition are eligible for four prizes: the Jury Prize, the Fotoleggendo Exchange Prize, the Public Prize and the ARTE Actions Culturelles Prize. As of now, the best series presented in projection throughout the duration of the festival will also receive a prize. Our partner Azart Photographie will recompense the laureat with a portfolio published in the magazine.

A day of its portfolio reviews will be dedicated exclusively to the photographers selected. A group of especially invited professionals will be there to look at their work, and discuss the possibilities for advancement in their projects.

DEADLINE
30 November.

T&C
For full details, go to Boutographies

WHATEVER IS TO BECOME OF BOOKS?
The seminar addresseses the future of books as the placeholder of ideas in the digital age. The seminar will pool contributions from image makers, designers, book publishers and multimedia storytellers.

SPEAKERS
The British Library, Blurb Books, The Photo Book Club, The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, The Comics Grid, The NUJ Books & Magazine, The Ballet Bag and Not On The Wires.

The event will also feature “Homer”, a book scanner developed by digital anthropologists using a digital camera, an open source software used by Google Books and a laptop – a digital nod to the Gutenberg press. It will be used to scan the King James I bible, to mark the 408th anniversary of the accession of James VI, King of Scots, to the throne of England, thus uniting Scotland and England under one monarch. This is also line with the festival’s main showcase at St Paul’s Cathedral.

PHOTOMONTH YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY
The deadline for Photomonth Youth Photography Award, sponsored for the third year by the World Photography Organisation, has been extended to 18 October.

PRIZES
Overall winner gets two tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony and a day of mentorship with a leading photographer from the World Photographic Academy at the World Photography Festival in London in April 2012.

All five finalists win a day of mentorship at the World Photography Festival.Five finalists will be selected and exhibited during photomonth east london in November 2011 and the public will be invited to vote for the winner.

SUBMIT
Download the application form at Photomonth.

Up to three images may be submitted per entrant.

The theme is CHANGE and “we want young photographers to explore ideas capturing this. Our world is in constant flux and changing before our eyes. What does change signify to you and how are you affected by it?” Think Community, Culture, Family, The Olympics, Cities, Suburbia, Population, Species, Environment, Politics, Religion and Fashion.

DEADLINE
18 October.

T & C
Entrants must be 11 to 19 years old and resident in the UK.

Filed under: Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photography Auction, Photography Festivals, street photography Tagged: Arianna Arcara, Arte Laguna Prize, Boutographies, Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010, London Design Festival, London Street Photography Festival, Luca Santese, Photomonth Youth Photography Award, Pippa Wieglos, Sojournposse, Stockholm kulturhuset, Vivian Maier, Whatever is to become of books?

Photo News: Detroit: a Self-Portrait: Found Photos 2009-10 show in Stockholm, the future of books event in London and calls for entries

Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010

If you can, check out Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010 by Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese at the Stockholm kulturhuset from 17 September – 20 November.

Drawn from an archive of hundreds of found images from the 1980s and 1990s that have degraded and discoloured, the photos “appear to have been taken by the Police or other state authorities as evidence of various crimes, accidents, suspects and victims, mostly in poor neighbourhoods. Abandoned to the heat, cold and damp the photos have begun to discolour and decay. In this condition they become traces of two historical moments, the first recorded by the photos as images, the second by the photos as fragile objects.”

News in, via Pippa Wieglos, that the London Street Photography Festival raised over £5,500 in its recent auction. Twenty one lots went under the hammer as part of raising funds for the 2012 London Street Festival of Photography. Bids ranged from £80 to £1,100, with the highest bid of £1,100 for a photo of man, dated 31st March 31 1957, by Vivian Maier who died leaving an archive of over 100,000 negatives.

Sojournposse Multimedia will be hosting an event Whatever is to become of books? in the Inspiration Room at the London Design Festival 2011 on Saturday 17 September 17 from 10:30am to 3:00pm, cost £3.00, plus £0.73 PayPal fee, and there are calls for entries to Boutographies open competition with a deadline of 30 November, the Arte Laguna Prize for visual artists, deadline 11 November, and Photomonth Youth Photography Award, deadline 18 October. Read over for more.

The Arte Laguna Prize, an international art contest with a photo category is calling for entries. Thanks to Marta Falcon for bringing it to my attention. The total cash prize is 170.000 Euros, 7.000 Euros per section but there’s an entry fee of between 50 Euros for one, and 90 Euros, to submit two works. “Besides money, the Arte Laguna Prize offers opportunities for artists, such as art residencies, personal exhibitions in galleries, collective exhibitions, attendance at an international Festival. There is no age limit,” writes Marta.

BOUTOGRAPHIES
Boutographies has an open application submission, and is “not by personal choice or established networks. The reason for this choice is to allow anyone practising photography with a certain degree of seriousness to have the opportunity to participate in an international festival”.

PRIZES
Works selected for exhibition are eligible for four prizes: the Jury Prize, the Fotoleggendo Exchange Prize, the Public Prize and the ARTE Actions Culturelles Prize. As of now, the best series presented in projection throughout the duration of the festival will also receive a prize. Our partner Azart Photographie will recompense the laureat with a portfolio published in the magazine.

A day of its portfolio reviews will be dedicated exclusively to the photographers selected. A group of especially invited professionals will be there to look at their work, and discuss the possibilities for advancement in their projects.

DEADLINE
30 November.

T&C
For full details, go to Boutographies

WHATEVER IS TO BECOME OF BOOKS?
The seminar addresseses the future of books as the placeholder of ideas in the digital age. The seminar will pool contributions from image makers, designers, book publishers and multimedia storytellers.

SPEAKERS
The British Library, Blurb Books, The Photo Book Club, The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, The Comics Grid, The NUJ Books & Magazine, The Ballet Bag and Not On The Wires.

The event will also feature “Homer”, a book scanner developed by digital anthropologists using a digital camera, an open source software used by Google Books and a laptop – a digital nod to the Gutenberg press. It will be used to scan the King James I bible, to mark the 408th anniversary of the accession of James VI, King of Scots, to the throne of England, thus uniting Scotland and England under one monarch. This is also line with the festival’s main showcase at St Paul’s Cathedral.

PHOTOMONTH YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY
The deadline for Photomonth Youth Photography Award, sponsored for the third year by the World Photography Organisation, has been extended to 18 October.

PRIZES
Overall winner gets two tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards Ceremony and a day of mentorship with a leading photographer from the World Photographic Academy at the World Photography Festival in London in April 2012.

All five finalists win a day of mentorship at the World Photography Festival.Five finalists will be selected and exhibited during photomonth east london in November 2011 and the public will be invited to vote for the winner.

SUBMIT
Download the application form at Photomonth.

Up to three images may be submitted per entrant.

The theme is CHANGE and “we want young photographers to explore ideas capturing this. Our world is in constant flux and changing before our eyes. What does change signify to you and how are you affected by it?” Think Community, Culture, Family, The Olympics, Cities, Suburbia, Population, Species, Environment, Politics, Religion and Fashion.

DEADLINE
18 October.

T & C
Entrants must be 11 to 19 years old and resident in the UK.

Filed under: Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photography Auction, Photography Festivals, street photography Tagged: Arianna Arcara, Arte Laguna Prize, Boutographies, Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010, London Design Festival, London Street Photography Festival, Luca Santese, Photomonth Youth Photography Award, Pippa Wieglos, Sojournposse, Stockholm kulturhuset, Vivian Maier, Whatever is to become of books?

Dean Chalkley’s Young Souls premieres in London and online at 125 magazine

Dean Chalkley, known for his portraiture and music photography, aired his debut film Young Souls at The Bethnal Green Workings Men club in London last week. And, if like me, you didn’t get along to the screening, or didn’t know about the film, I urge you to catch it online. It is under 10 mins, running at 9 mins 36s to be precise. I’m going to grab a cup of tea and watch it now…

Click on Young Souls to go to 125 magazine’s site where you can watch it.

If you want to hear it from the photographer follow the links to Dean writing on his blog in a post Young Souls now live to view on 125 magazine. Looks like it was a fun and successful evening.

The film will also be screened alongside an exhibition of photos at The Youth Club Gallery from 22 July – 4 August. However, I can’t find the gallery listed, and can’t see on the PR where it is located, will find out and post details with a pic. Dean also has a show coming up at the Reading Museum The New Faces “depicting a group of young ‘Modernists’ from London” running from 30 July – 4 September.

Filed under: Fashion Photography, Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photography Shows, Portraiture, short films Tagged: 125 magazine, Dean Chalkley, music, Northern Soul, Reading Museum, short film, The New Faces, Young Souls