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Loving this short film montage by Mishka Henner and David Oates, collectively known as BlackLab. By extracting and resequencing hundreds of movie scenes featuring photographers, Photographers explores the tropes of the photographer on screen from voyeur, to fashion photographer, investigator or war photographer. Beyond the fun of trying to figure out what films were used for the montage, this is also a fascinating deconstruction of the mythology of the photographer.

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Photo Stroll – Press preview Tom Wood Men & Women and Shoot! Existential Photography open at The Photographers’ Gallery London

Today, a whirlwind Photo Stroll tour through the press preview today of two photo shows, Tom Wood’s photo show Men & Women, and the shoot-themed collection of photos Shoot! Existential Photography. Both exhibitions open tomorrow at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and run until 6 January. So there’s plenty of time to take a stroll.

These shows combine a diverse range of visual genres and the tenderness of Wood’s beautifully articulated moments offsets the drama of the shoot imagery, such as Christian Marclay’s Crossfire and the various images of gun-toting women, including Fire at Will documenting Niki de Saint Phalle’s ‘shooting paintings’ created in the early 1960s. For those who fancy themselves as the fastest draw in the West (End), there’s even a shooting alley where, if you hit the bulls eye or the surrounding ring (see my attempt, last photo), the camera is triggered and Bingo, you get a photo of you shooting. For more on Men & Women, see earlier post on Tom Wood.
All iPhone photos © Miranda Gavin, 2012.

Click to view slideshow.

Click link to view the gallery images from the slide show…

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Filed under: Photo Stroll, Photographers, Photography Books, Photography Shows Tagged: Christian Marclay, Crossfire, Erik Kessels, Fire at Will, london, Men & Women, Niki de Saint Phalle, Shoot! Existential Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tom Wood

Photo Show – First major UK exhibition of work by Tom Wood to open at The Photographers’ Gallery London

© Tom Wood, Seacombe Ferry 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

© Tom Wood, Ladies Toilet Attendant 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

The first major UK show of Irish-born photographer Tom Wood Men and Women opens at The Photographers’ Gallery on 12 October and runs until 6 January. Wood continuously recorded the everyday lives of the people of Liverpool and the Merseyside area from 1973 until the early 2000s, working in both black and white and later in colour. The exhibition will showcase over sixty previously unpublished portraits as well as a selection of vintage prints and book dummies of his now out-of-print publications Looking for Love (1989), All Zones off Peak (1998) and Photieman (2005).

“Editing from long-term and previously unseen bodies of work, such as the Football Grounds, Shipyard and Docks and Women’s Market, Tom Wood has re-evaluated these images through a creative collaboration with artist Padraig Timoney. Grouping the images in a non-chronological order under the headings Men and Women, the exhibition will showcase a curated selection of these photographs,soon to be published as two separate books by Steidl. The installation of the photographs will reflect the sequencing of the books mixing the different formats, styles and processes. This arrangement will highlight the formal correspondences and relationships between pictures as well as Wood’s prolonged involvement with his subject matter.

“His photographs include both candid and posed portraits of people alone or in groups. Images of strangers are interspersed with those of friends and family and are often made from repeated engagements with particular locales.

© Tom Wood, Maryhill 1974, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

“Trust and empathy are both key elements in Wood’s practice and his photographs are the result of considered observation, offering affirmative responses to moments from the lives of those he pictures.” From the press release.

© Tom Wood, Old Man on bench, Graffiti tiles 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Men and Women is a collaboration with the National Media Museum, Bradford. It is curated by Stefanie Braun, Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery and Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photography Shows, Portraiture Tagged: documentary photography, Liverpool, london, Men and Women, Merseyside, Padraig Timoney, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tom Wood

John Stezaker Awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

For more than 30 years, artist John Stezaker has used found images as his primary medium. In his compositions, black-and-white studio portraits become surreal two-faced beings; elsewhere, a woman’s face is replaced by the crashing white waves of an illustrated postcard. These collages, which use classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, are sliced and re-arranged into entirely new forms—they’re simple constructions, but Stezaker’s eye for the uncanny makes them powerful.

On Sept. 3, Stezaker was awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which recognizes a significant contribution to the medium of photography through exhibition or publication, for his presentation of photographic collages last year at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

The £30,000 prize (about $48,000) is organized by The Photographers’ Gallery in London. “Stezaker’s work has been influential on a new generation of image-makers,” said Brett Rogers, the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, in a statement. “Within the vastness of today’s image flow, Stezaker has managed to resurrect the power and uncanny mystery inherent in the still image using traditional photographic strategies, most especially collage.”

Stezaker’s exhibition at Whitechapel showcased work from the 1970s until today.

“I am dedicated to fascination—to image fascination, a fascination for the point at which the image becomes self-enclosed and autonomous. It does so through a series of processes of disjunction,” Stezaker said in a statement from Whitechapel.

John Stezaker is a London-based artist. See more of his work here.

An exhibition of the artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 is on display at The Photographers’ Gallery, London until Sept. 9.

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 News – The Photographers’ Gallery announces FreshFaced and WildEyed finalists and The World in London project

Technology is getting the better of me. Just when I thought I’d got everything under control, the trackpad on my computer decided to take a sabbatical and refused to function. Time for another service…

News from The Photographers’ Gallery about the FreshFaced and WildEyed finalists and a reminder to catch its major Olympic project The World in London. You can catch the exhibition, see images above, in Oxford Street until 30 August and/or follow this link to some of the installation shots.

The World in London website has short podcasts and written testimonials from the sitters or photographers as well as links to each of the photographers’ websites/online presence, including Melanie Stidolph who took the portrait of Mauritius-born Corina Armel.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents FreshFaced+WildEyed 2012, its annual exhibition targeted at recent graduates from BA and MA visual arts courses across the UK where photography has formed the main component of their practice. The work will be on show at The Photographers Gallery from 15-30 September.

It’s interesting that the competition is for both undergraduates and postgraduates as, in my experience, there is often quite a difference in the types of work produced. How many are postgraduates and how many are undergraduates? On a quick scan, there are five BA students and the rest are post grads.

I recognise the names of post-grad photographers Emma Critchley and David Birkin (he showed work at Hotshoe Gallery way back) as well as Chloe Sells who I selected as the winner of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award last year. Twenty-two photographers were chosen from an open submission of hundreds of applicants for a competition that “aims to draw attention to innovative new talents from a range of photographic fields”.

I’m pleased to see that more institutions and competitions are offering prizes with a longer shelf life such as year-long mentoring schemes – not just short-term cash or equipment fixes. This year there will also be an online image gallery.

The selected finalists are:
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir incorporates found images into her interpretation of home, her country of origin – Iceland.
David Birkin combines original and appropriated images to examine the production and dissemination of war photography.
Helen Goodin and Chloe Sells apply darkroom processes to images exploring the nature of light and the creation of abstract landscapes.
Alison Bettles and SeoYeoung Won use constructed photographs and studio installations to investigate photography’s relationship with sculpture and painting.
Jonny Briggs’ staged scenes seek to recapture forgotten childhood memories and Elisavet Tamouridou attempts to retrace her family’s lost history following the 1922 Greek genocide and displacement.
Maria Gruzdeva will showcase her documentary study of the Russian Border Guard Service community while Emma Critchley’s series of underwater images address more conceptual ideas about the fragility of life.
Additional featured artists include: Brendan Baker & Daniel Evans, Anders Birger, Paula Gortázar, Gemma Marmalade, Marianne McGurk, Nadège Mériau, Vilma Pimenoff, Minna Pöllänen, Martin Seeds, Alison Stolwood and Helen Thompson.

To read more about the judges and for a full list of finalists (with their website details where possible) see over…

They were chosen by a judging panel of photography experts: Bridget Coaker, night picture editor for The Guardian and Observer and co-founder of Troika Editions; Anthony Luvera, artist; Karen Newman, Curator, Open Eye and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery.

FreshFaced+WildEyed is dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents and “has helped launch and establish the careers of several photographers such as James Cant, Briony Campbell, Petros Chrisostomou and Steve Schofield – all of whom have gone on to publish their work and exhibit in local and international venues. More recently a number of past participants have been commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery to take part in its major Olympic project The World in London”.

New talents? Mmmmm – what does new mean in this context? I’m sure that being selected as a finalist for this show is helpful for a photographer’s career but it is also a numbers game as in five years over 100 finalists have been selected. It would be good to see what they are all doing now and to see how much this exposure helped in a more concrete way as there are so many claims made with little investigation into exactly how the photographers have been helped.
David Birkin (b.1977, UK) Slade School of Fine Art MA Fine Art Media www.davidbirkin.co.uk
Jonny Briggs (b.1985, UK) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.jonnybriggs.com
Emma Critchley (b.1980, UK) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.emmacritchley.com
Brendan Baker (b.1988, UK) & Daniel Evans (b. 1990, UK) University for of the Creative Arts, FarnhamBA (Hons) Photography www.daniel-evans.info
Helen Goodin (b. 1987, UK) University for the Creative Arts, Farnham MFA Photography www.helengoodinphotography.co.uk
Paula Gortázar (b.1984, Spain) University of Westminster Photographic Studies MA www.paulagortazar.com
Maria Gruzdeva (b.1989, Russia) London College of Communication MA Photography
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir (b. 1984, Iceland) Glasgow School of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography www.hallgerdur.com
Gemma Marmalade (b. 1979, UK) London College of Fashion MA Photography www.gemmamarmalade.com
Marianne McGurk (b. 1977, UK) Blackpool & the Fylde CollegeBA Photography www.mariannemcgurk.com
Nadège Mériau (b.1968, Tunisia) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.nadegemeriau.com
Vilma Pimenoff (b. 1980, Finland) London College of Communication MA Photography www.vilmapimenoff.com
Minna Pöllänen (b. 1980, Finland) London College of Communication MA photography www.minnapollanen.com
Martin Seeds (b. 1964, Northern Ireland) University of Brighton BA Photography www.martinseeds.com
Chloe Sells (b.1976, USA) Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art www.chloesells.com
Alison Stolwood (b. 1983, UK) University of Brighton MA Photography www.alisonstolwood.com
Elisavet Tamouridou (b.1980, Greece) London College of Communication MA Photography www.elizatamo.com
Helen Thompson (b. 1987, UK) University of Gloucestershire BA Photography; Editorial and Advertising www.helengraceventurathompson.com
SeoYeoung Won (b. 1981, South Korea) Slade School of Fine Art MA Fine Art Mediawww.seoyeoung.com

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photography Awards & Competitions, Photography Shows Tagged: Chloe Sells, David Birkin, Emma Critchley, FreshFaced and WildEyed, london, Melanie Stidolph, Oxford Street, photo competition, photo show, The Photographers’ Gallery, The World in London

The World in London

This summer, the world descends on London for the Olympic Games.  A photo project commissioned by the Photographer’s Gallery, however, shows us that the world is already there.  “The World in London” is a collection of 204 portraits of 204 Londoners, each of whom hail from one of the 204 countries competing in this year’s Games. Since each portrait was carried out by a different photographer, the style of the work is as diverse as its subjects: formal studio portraits, Skype screengrabs, and casual snapshots, by established artists and emerging talents, all make their way into the collection.  The resulting work is a portrait of both human and artistic diversity, showcasing one of the world’s most international cities through the lenses of some of its most creative photographers.  See photographs by Martin Parr, Stephen Shore, Rinko Kawauchi, Penelope Umbrico and 200 others at The World in London.

Tearsheet of the Day | 3 June 2012

Anders Petersen did a commission in London’s Soho for The Photographers’ Gallery which re-opened in the very same neighbourhood end of May.

The Sunday Times Magazine has ran some photos from Petersen’s series in the magazine’s Spectrum section today.

Text on the spread: Toe’s Company. The Swedish photographer Anders Petersen first witnessed the seedy side of Soho in the 1970s. Now he has returned to document London’s most colourful neighbourhood – and see how’s it’s changed. Commissioned by the Photographers’ Gallery, he immersed himself in Soho life for a month, capturing these grainy black-and-white portraits in homes, hotels, and bars. Some are simple snapshots of intriguing subjects – boozers, bohemians or both. Others are more considered, with Petersen befriending people who live and work in the small, vibrant district at the heart of the capital. 

You can see some of the photos also on Guardian’s website, here.

Anders Petersen’s (b.1944, Sweden) personal website.