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Portfolio Reviews – Photomonth at the Museum of Childhood with Citizen Skwith, Daniel Alexander and Dougie Wallace


Photos above © Citizen Skwith, Petting Zoo

The same day as the Tri-pod show PV took place at the Phoenix Brighton, I did a day of portfolio reviews at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for Photomonth. It’s the fourth year that I’ve done this and I’m always happy to be invited back.

I never know what to expect from the people I see and there are always some surprises, such as Citizen Skwith‘s clever signs and wonderful sense of humour (see photos above). Plus, reviewers get paid which is not always the case.

I’m posting a few iPhone photos from Photomonth’s recent portfolio reviews of some of the work that I came across, although I didn’t record all of it. If you were there and want to let people know about your work, post a comment with a link to your website/work.

So, in no particular order, here are a few projects that I saw. More from the reviews to come in another post later next week.

DANIEL ALEXANDER
Daniel Alexander says of 1day6cities project. “Today it is exactly a year on from  11.11.11 when the films were all shot. The project is also being exhibited at Oxford House until the end of this month.” This gives you all time to see it before it comes down.

1DAY6CITIES from 1day6cities on Vimeo.

“1DAY6CITIES is a global photography project that took place on the 11th November 2011 – 11.11.11, in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Auckland, San Francisco and São Paulo. Using word of mouth, email and social networks we put together an international team of photographers to create a unique twenty-four hour snapshot of this day across six very different cities around the globe. At exactly 00.00 Coordinated Universal Time (world time/GMT) photographers in each of these cities captured their first image in an event that saw photographs being taken every 30 seconds for the following 24 hours.

“The brief was for the photographers to shoot the most interesting thing happening in their city, at the time they had chosen to shoot. The cities were chosen because they are roughly an equal time difference apart meaning the films show the sun travelling around the earth through the course of the day.” The edited film is shown above and the edited stills can be seen on the 1day6cities website. There is a full list of the contributors on the website.

DOUGIE WALLACE
Dougie Wallace arrives wearing a pale blue/grey and black ensemble and carrying his colour coordinated portfolio. He smells of fish. Well, his breath does, on account of the fish pie he ate for lunch. He shows me his work, see Mumbai Rickshaw drivers shot and the Stags, Hens and Bunnies (working title) project, which is near to completion, and documents the day and night antics of hen nights and stag parties in the north.

There’s more than a hint of the Carry On about the subjects of some of these shots – all of which are well observed and captured with a wry sense of the absurd. Referring to himself as ‘The Martin Parr of the Facebook’ generation, take a look for yourself…

CITIZEN SKWITH
Citizen Skwith uses photography to document the signs that he makes and places in public places. Subverting and playing with the language of warning signs, Citizen Skwith’s works are a clever form of street art made available for everyone to enjoy. His website features all of his work and is well worth a look. I’ve already ordered the time traveller Blue Plaque for my hallway.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Festivals, street art, Visual Artists Tagged: 1day6cities, Citizen Skwith, Daniel Alexander, documentary photography, Dougie Wallace, Hens and Bunnies, london, Museum of Childhood, Petting Zoo, photomonth, portfolio reviews, Stags, stop motion, street art

Brighton Photo Fringe Photo Stroll Part One – Jinkyun Ahn, The Photocopy Club and The Unphotographable with Farnham student Catherine Symons

Trying to get work together for the Brighton Photo Fringe with Tri-pod and our work-in-progress show IS THAT IT (more to come later), plus moving and looking for work has been full on.

I’m now based in Brighton, for the time being, and while I find my feet, I asked Farnham student Catherine Symons, who attended the press view, to cover it for the blog. It’s great to get another perspective, let go and allow someone else the space to preview the shows…

So, I now hand over to Catherine for the first of two posts.

 ON THE SURFACE OF IMAGES – JINKYUN AHN

Confrontation 1 from On The Surface Of Images © Jinkyun Ahn. Photo courtesy of the artist and The Phoenix Brighton

On Saturday 6 October the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 was launched, starting at Phoenix Brighton. Phoenix Brighton is used this year to showcase OPEN 2012.  Over 100 submissions were received and On The Surface Of Images by Korean photographer Jinkyun Ahn was selected as the winner by Clare Grafik, Susanna Brown and Oliver Chanarin.

Photographer Jinkyun Ahn in conversation with Afshin Dehkordi, Photograph by Catherine Symons

Ahn’s first major solo exhibition On The Surface Of Images shows his photographic work on the subject of his parents, looking at the theme of mortality. “The empty plot that my parents prepared for their after-life is an image of death that will be fixed eternally in the landscape, as well as, in my mind.” From the artist’s statement.

Photographs by Catherine Symons

Walking around the exhibition, there is the experience of the different elements and processes that Ahn went through in his mind when making this body of work. He comments on the distance and isolation he experienced through showing the fragmenting of his parents with their faces darkened or dismembered in different ways.

On The Surface Of Images runs until 18 November.

THE PHOTOCOPY CLUB

Photos Catherine Symons.

The fifth exhibition from The Photocopy Club is on show at The Phoenix Brighton. The Brighton-based company opened in 2011 with the aim to have six bi-monthly open submission exhibitions. The idea behind this organization is to take photographs from the internet and instead put them into the public’s hands.

100 photographers work is displayed on chipboard, including envelopes and notes sent in, which adds a rawness to the project. Bringing together a variety of different images, the aesthetic of the work allows the tactile nature of the photograph to come back into play and for the work to be disseminated to a wider audience.

This show is followed by the exhibition DUO hosted by WEARELUCKY/HOLYGHOST – a show looking at the work of four pairs of young photographers. Details of their next submission exhibition can be found at The Photocopy Club deadline 18 November.

UNPHOTOGRAPHABLE – MICHAEL DAVID MURPHY & THE ENTENTE

© Michael David Murphy & The Entente

Brighton Photo Fringe designers, Michael David Murphy and The Entente invited members of the public to contribute to their work, whereby they take elements of the unphotographable and combine this with text.

Photo by Catherine Symons

“Opportunities missed.  Simple failures.  Occasions when I wished I’d taken the picture, or not forgotten the camera, or had been brave enough to click the shutter.” Michael David Murphy.

The result is a graphical representation of what would have been and is achieved through combining bold black text with coloured symbols. The text and symbols give the viewer a snippet of the whole image and engaging the viewer’s imagination to allow them to determine the image that they would like to see.

Allow your imagination to run free with this thought-provoking installation.

All shows at The Phoenix Brighton. Open Tues-Sun 11:00-17:00.

Filed under: Photo Stroll, Photographers, Photography Festivals Tagged: Afshin Dehkordi, Catherine Symons, Jinkyun Ahn, Michael David Murphy, On The Surface Of Images, Phoenix Brighton, The Entente, The Photocopy Club, The Unphotographable

Photo Events – Miniclick Photography Talk tonight with Maciej Dakowicz in conversation with Peter Dench

There’s so much going on at the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012 this year, that it is hard to keep up with the shows, talks and events that are currently running or are planned. Plus, Tri-pod, the creative initiative that was co-founded by Wendy Pye and I in 2010, has a group show opening next week (23 Oct-4 Nov), a free panel talk (Thur 25 Oct 6.30-8pm at The Phoenix) and a Tri-pod drop-in surgery (1 Nov at The Phoenix) planned, all as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012. Phewww. So, excuse me if I’ve overlooked someone or something important.

Today’s morning post points to the second Miniclick at the Fringe talk.

© Maciej Dakowicz, Cardiff After Dark

To coincide with the launch of Maciej Dakowiczs first book Cardiff After Dark, he speaks to photojournalist Peter Dench about his work.

Tuesday 9 October, 7pm
The Old Market
Free Entry

Filed under: Photo Talks, Photographers Tagged: Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Cardiff After Dark, Maciej Dakowicz, miniclickatthefringe, Peter Dench, photo talks

Photo News – Call for applicants for Tri-pod autumn weekend 8 and 9 September workshop in London

Summer has finally arrived in the UK, or so I believe. I’m here in Prague catching up with myself and getting ready to go back to the UK in full swing. Today’s post is a little self promotion for the creative development workshops that Tri-pod co-founder Wendy Pye and I are holding throughout the year at Photofusion in London.

The format has been tweaked slightly for September’s workshop. We are delighted to be working with Method acting practitioner Sam Rumbelow, see bio, who has worked with Gillian Wearing and will be bringing over 30 years experience to the workshop. If you know anyone who may be interested in the workshop, please forward, or let me know via comments of relevant places to post details.

Tri-pod aims to develop sustainable creative initiatives that are not reliant on funding. We aim to keep costs down while maintaining a professional approach that remunerates all those involved.

(L-R) Tri-pod workshop 2011 at RoofUnit, photo © Wendy Pye; Tri-pod exhibition at Hotshoe Gallery 2011, photo © Phillip Reed

PHOTO PROJECT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
AUTUMN WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ PHOTOFUSION, LONDON
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2012 from 10.00am-5.30pm

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its weekend photo project creative development workshop to be held in the studio space at Photofusion in Brixton. The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 24 AUGUST.

About the weekend workshop
Tri-pod takes a holistic approach to building a dynamic and flexible model for working with photographers. This workshop aims to support participants in the development of their work using a variety of different strategies. The weekend engages the support of peers and is for photographers and visual artists using photography who have a lens-based Project in Progress. During the workshop, we will discuss approaches to your working practice, including the various challenges and ‘blocks’ that can prevent a creative project from moving forward.

On Saturday, participants will explore personal development strategies that can be used in relationship to creative potential, facilitated by Miranda Gavin and Sam Rumbelow. On Sunday, participants will receive guidance and feedback in small groups from three industry professionals, Laura Noble, Sue Steward and Miranda Gavin about their personal project.

Tri-pod will be developing a network for its workshop participants and will be offering evening and half-day follow-up sessions for ongoing support later in 2012.

Exhibition opportunity for 2013
In collaboration with Photofusion, Tri-pod will be offering participants a two-person show to be held in the summer of 2013 at Photofusion’s gallery in Brixton. The photographers will be selected from those have attended Tri-pod workshops.

To apply
The workshop is aimed at people who have a personal photography Project in Progress (PiP). It can be a documentary/editorial or art-based body of work. Please note that applicants will need to bring images and if applicable research notes/sketchbook to show over the weekend.

Please email a 150-word maximum overview of the PiP or an artist statement in the body of the email, with a CV attached to: [email protected].

Deadline for applications is FRIDAY 24 August
Successful applicants will be contacted on SUNDAY 26 August
Fee: £250.00

About the workshop facilitators
Sam Rumbelow has 30 years experience in the acting industry and is a leading Method acting practitioner in the UK. Sam works with a diverse range of creative practitioners evolving their creative technique and unlocking their true creative potential. He collaborated with Turner-prize winner Gillian Wearing on the critically acclaimed film Self Made and recently gave tailor-made workshops at the Whitechapel Gallery and Hayward Gallery.

Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer specialising in photography, a media trainer and visual creative. As well as her role as deputy editor of Hotshoe magazine and running the Hotshoe Blog, she reviews work, gives talks and is co-founder of Tri-pod.

Laura Noble is a writer, curator, collector and co-director of commercial art gallery Diemar/Noble Photography set up in 2009. She is the author of The Fine Art of Collecting Photography and has key essays in several monographs.

Sue Steward is an independent writer, broadcaster and photo editor. She is the photography critic for the Evening Standard and an occasional arts commentator for radio, as well as judging photo competitions and working on numerous newspapers and magazines.

About Tri-pod
The first Tri-pod project development group was set up in April 2010 by Wendy Pye and Miranda Gavin and ran as a closed, ongoing research and development group over 18 months. This culminated in a group exhibition of participants work Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing at Hotshoe Gallery, London in August 2011. Tri-pod also hosted their first one-day workshop at RoofUnit Studio, Bethnal Green in July 2011.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Workshops Tagged: Laura Noble, london, personal photo project, photo project development, Photofusion, photography workshop, research and development, Sam Rumbelow, Sue Steward, Tri-pod, Wendy Pye

Photo news – Tri-pod calls for applicants for its June weekend Photo Project workshop at Photofusion in London

Participants get feedback at Tri-pod’s day workshop at RoofUnit and the exhibition Nine-Point Perspective held at Hotshoe Gallery in summer 2011. Photos  (L-R)  © Wendy Pye and © Phillip Reed.

A little bit of self-promotion today but only a little. Tri-pod – the creative iniative I set up with photographer Wendy Pye – has set up a weekend workshop that could be just the ticket.

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its weekend Photo Project Research and Development workshop to be held in the studio space at Photofusion in Brixton. The workshop is aimed at anyone who is working on a personal photographic project in progress and who may be having difficulties getting motivated or moving forward,

PHOTO PROJECT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ PHOTOFUSION, LONDON

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012
10.00am-5.30pm

About the weekend workshop:
The weekend will be based on the belief that some photographers would benefit from the support of peers and mentors whilst developing a body of work. The aim of the weekend will be to support participants who specifically have a photographic project in progress.

During the workshop, we will discuss approaches to your working practice and the various challenges that can block a project moving forward. There will also be an opportunity, all day on Sunday, to receive personal guidance and feedback from three industry professionals about your project in progress (PiP) in small groups.

Tri-pod will be developing a network for its workshop participants and will be offering evening and half-day follow-up sessions for ongoing support later in 2012.

Exhibition opportunity for 2013:
In collaboration with Photofusion, two participants, selected from those attending Tri-pod workshops, can apply to be included in a two-person show to be held in the summer of 2013 at Photofusion’s gallery in Brixton.

To apply:
This workshop is aimed at people who have a photography Project in Progress (PiP). It can be a documentary/editorial or art-based body of work. Please note that applicants will need to bring images and if applicable research notes/ sketchbook to show over the weekend.

Please email a 150-word maximum overview of the Project in Progress or an artist statement (in the body of the email) with a CV attached to:

[email protected]

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 June at 5pm. Successful applicants will be contacted on Wednesday 6 June.

Fee: £250.00

About the workshop facilitators:
Miranda Gavin is a freelance writer specialising in photography, a media trainer and visual creative. She is the deputy editor of Hotshoe Magazine, runs the Hotshoe Blog, and is a regular contributor to photo magazines in
the UK and abroad.

Laura Noble is a writer, curator, collector and co-director of commercial art gallery Diemar/Noble Photography set up in 2009. She is the author of The Fine Art of Collecting Photography and has key essays in several monographs.

Sue Steward is an independent writer, broadcaster and photo editor. She is the photography critic for the Evening Standard and an occasional arts commentator for radio, as well as judging photo competitions and working on numerous newspapers and magazines.

About Tri-pod:
The first Tri-pod project development group was set up in April 2010, facilitated by Miranda Gavin and ran as a closed, ongoing research and development group over 18 months, culminating in a group exhibition of participants work at Hotshoe Gallery, London in August 2011. Tri-pod also hosted their
first one-day workshop at RoofUnit Studio, Bethnal Green in July 2011.

*Tri-pod aims to develop sustainable creative initiatives that are not reliant on funding. We aim to keep cost down while maintaining a professional approach that remunerates all those involved.

Link to PDF text-only version with all workshop details:
Tri-pod_workshop_16 and 17 June

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Workshops Tagged: Brixton, Laura Noble, london, Miranda Gavin, Photofusion, photography workshop, research and development, Sue Steward, Tri-pod, Wendy Pye

Photo News – Nine-Point Perspective group photo show install at Hotshoe Gallery as London riots hit

WHITE SPACES

Monday evening and we start to hang the first Tri-pod group show Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing ahead of the Private View on Thursday 11 August from 6-9pm. Wood panels to be cut to precise size for snug window fit; walls to be painted; false walls built and shelves added.
Next, we head home and get caught in the rioting in Brixton and Ealing. Long night with helicopters and police sirens, huge plasma TV in box is thrown, and lands, in the front garden and loot stashed near neighbour’s bins, cars driving by picking up groups from the street, while smash and grabs take place up the road.

The next day the aftermath – local resident a 60-year-old is ‘critical’ after clashing with rioters reports local paper and news that the local Panasonic shop lost £200,000 of electrical goods, which could account for the TV.

Today, Tuesday and we head back to the gallery…
Then the shops in Hatton Garden near Farringdon are boarded up and we are advised to leave the gallery. But not before we get some more done in preparation for the show and the wall gets a lick of grey paint.

Let’s see how it all pans out. The Private View is on Thursday so we need to take stock tomorrow. People are asking about whether we are going ahead, and so far we still are, despite some set backs.


Seba Kurtis‘s book signing for Drowned in Hackney was cancelled last night, and Toby Smith‘s talk at The Frontline Club, see last post, was cancelled tonight.
Back home and word at our local Tesco is not good, security guard advises a group went in and one of them said, “We’re coming back to finish what  started”.

Filed under: Artist Talks, HotShoe Gallery, Photographers, Photography Shows Tagged: Dean Hollowood, HotShoe Gallery, Miranda Gavin, Natasha Caruana, Nine-Point Perspective, Seba Kurtis, Wendy Pye

Photo news – Tri-pod vs Contact Editions at StudioStrike photo print sale and slide slam

This Saturday photography collective Contact Editions has teamed up with Tri-pod for the 1st birthday celebrations of the new creative hub studioSTRIKE.

As the South London art scene continues to grow, studioSTRIKE will be hosting this free event, which is a bit more than the normal Contact Editions sideshow.

For a summer special, Contact Editions will be presenting a day-long feast of photography and fine art with print sales, projections, artist Q+As, accompanied by studioSTRIKE’s open studios, BBQ and live Brazilian bands.

VS evenings feature opposing photographic projections selected by Contact and a guest, on Saturday it will be slide slamming with the Tri-pod group who I have been working with and it promises to be a fun evening.

I will be attending and will host the battles and Q&A with represented artists. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you wish to attend the event so numbers can be gauged.

To fins out more and see who is participating, see over for the full programme running from 3pm till late…

3pm onwards: Open studios, with affordable photography print sales from Contact Editions and Tri-pod.

5pm: Curated film screening by The Kitchen Sink Collective

6pm: BBQ in the garden

7pm: Photo VS and artists in conversation, led by me, featuring Melanie Stidolph, Natasha Caruana, David Axelbank and Mona Simon.
10pm: Live bands

The curated projections by Contact and Tri-pod, will show contemporary photography projects featuring the work of:

Contact Editions
Antonia Zennaro
Ben Roberts
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Mona Simon
David Axelbank
Seba Kurtis
Hin Chua
Tereza Zelenkova

Tri-pod
Natasha Caruana
Zoe Childerly
Ellie Davies
Karen Grainger
Dean Hollowood
Judith Lyons
Wendy Pye
Melanie Stidolph

Contact Editions aims to support and promote contemporary photography by showcasing new work in fresh and interesting ways.

Entry is always free and usually with a discounted bar so that photographers and photography lovers can spend a whole evening discovering exciting new work in an informal setting.

As well as events, Contact is an online gallery selling affordable edition prints of emerging artists’ work. We aim to show new photography from both emerging and more established artists, both in the online gallery, on our blog and through events.

Tri-pod is developing a creative model for the realisation of photographic and lens-based projects and exploring ways of working using an informal group structure. Its first initiative was set up to support emerging and established artists and photographers create a personal project in the context of a closed research and development group. Established in April 2010, the group continues to meet once a month at The Hotshoe Gallery in London. Tri-pod members will be exhibiting Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing at Hotshoe Gallery this August.

studioSTRIKE is a small and friendly creative space for emerging and established artists. It lives on the top floor of the Bread and Roses in Clapham, a former coach house now owned by the Workers Beer Company. The building takes its name from a line in a James Oppenheim poem, later sung by female textile workers on strike in Massachusetts 1912.

studioSTRIKE took over the disused top floor of the building in July 2010. It’s now a professional community of 15 artists from a variety of disciplines. Together they host and run events, live music, talks and screenings.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Shows, Visual Artists, Women Photographers Tagged: Contact Editions, emerging photography, london, photography event, print sale, slide slam, studioSTRIKE., Tri-pod

Photo Training – Tri-pod calls for applicants for one-day Personal Photo Project Development workshop @ Roof Unit in London

Forgive me for the next post which is a bit of self-promotion, albeit under the auspices of Tri-pod which I set up with photographer Wendy Pye last year.

Tri-pod is calling for applicants for its one-day Personal Photo Project Development workshop to be held @ Roof Unit in London. Facilitators in the afternoon are Diane Smyth (Deputy editor of British Journal of Photography), Miranda Gavin (Co-founder Tri-pod and deputy editor Hotshoe) and Sue Steward (arts writer and critic).

Day workshop runs from 10.00am – 5.30am. Cost £85 for the day, includes a light lunch. 12 participants maximum. As we are not funded, we are charging a fee for the day that takes into consideration the costs of running a workshop, developing the course, and paying the people we invite to facilitate. Given the current and dire climate for arts funding, we want to set up a self-sustaining initiative with a professional approach that acknowledges and compensates everyone we invite fairly.

A great deal of self-promotion takes place via social networks and blogs and I recently came across a site advising that, as a rule of thumb, only 1:10 messages should be self-interest related, otherwise it smacks of self-promotion. With this in mind, I’m conscious of making such a call but think that it is within reason.

For more information about the day, visit Tri-pod and click on the Day Workshops tab to find out about the Tri-pod ethos and approach. Please forward to any networks that you think may be interested in participating or discussing the work of Tri-pod.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Workshops, Visual Artists, Women Photographers Tagged: Bethnal Green, Diane Smyth, london, Miranda Gavin, photo project development, research and development, Roof Unit, Sue Steward, Tri-pod, Wendy Pye