Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Gregory Crewdson - Beneath the Roses

Crewdson is one of the most talked about photographers of the last ten years. Here is an extract from a article in the Guardian which comments on his body of work. There is a lot written about this work from various different sources which is well worth exploring. See links for some more recommended reading and look through the student work for a couple of student essays on his conceptual and technical practice.

Commentators always bring up the fact that Crewdson's father was a psychoanalyst, and that the artist always wondered what went on in the basement office of the family's Brooklyn brownstone. The kids were told that if they passed a patient they recognised in the street, they should pretend not to know them. His father once took young Gregory, a boy of 10, to a Diane Arbus show, and never told him why. Crewdson's interest in the unhinged and inexplicable is compelling, but comes across too often as theatrical and strained, as in Victorian paintings. If Crewdson's images sometimes have the quality of primal scenes and traumas, they are also like half-remembered scenes from movies, which the mind has both embellished and incorporated into autobiography, as if these witnessed fictions had become part of one's own life.

Guardian article - here

Aperture interview here

Finally a trailer for a Documentary film about Crewdson's work

Monday, 24 June 2013

Night by Night - Kevin Cooley

Some fantastic long exposures of night scenes captured by Cooley in his project entitled night by night. Cooley's website http://www.kevincooley.net also contains other interesting bodies of work which gives a real insight into his various processes such as the last two images he includes in this body of work which shows the scale of lighting equipment and preparation which goes into his work. Here is a small sample of night by night. 

Concerned with observing the world Cooley captures a profound and intense mood through his treatment of light, colour and objects. Influenced by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Adreas Gursky Gregor Crewdson and James Turrell, Cooley combines both the staged and the real. At first observers focus on the intense light in the images but then realise there are interesting occurrences in the shadows. Cooly is clearly a storyteller, there is a degree of uncertainty, eeriness and enigmas. 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Monette & Mady by Maja Daniels

Monette and Mady are identical twins. They have lived their whole life closely together and are, as they say, inseparable. I first saw them on the streets of Paris and I was instantly fascinated by their identical outfits and synchronized corporal language. Quirky and beautiful, they stood out from any crowd. As I couldn’t quite believe my eyes, I remember thinking that they might not be real.
When I approached them I was not surprised to discover that they often finish each other’s sentences and that they refer to themselves as « I » instead of « we ».

Neither Mady nor Monette have married or had children and they always eat the same kind of food in identical portions.  They do not just share a close relationship as sisters; as a couple they act, model and dance together and the city of Paris is their main stage.

Sometimes Monette and Mady don’t quite understand why I want to document their everyday life. It is an interesting challenge for me to make them see how fascinated I am by this symbiotic existence that is so natural to them. Mady and Monette are indifferent to the many stereotypes that are related to aging. They have in fact long stopped celebrating their birthdays and they defy any preconceived notions related to growing old.

This series is an intimate journal of their togetherness and as an alternative take on the complex issues that accompanies the notion of “aging” today, I aim to pursue this series over the years as Mady and Monette grow older.

For more info go here: http://majadaniels.com/projects/monette-mady/

Landscape Photographer of the Year competition 2013

View more images that have been entered here: http://bit.ly/11WUr6V

Take a view is divided into two main classes, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award and the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, the latter being for those who are 17 or under on the closing date of 4th July 2013. 

Adult Class 

The judges will choose the single best image from all four Adult categories. The photographer of this image will be awarded the prestigious title, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013’ and £10,000.
For the images then judged to be the best in each of the four categories, there will be a prize of £1000.
For the images judged second in each of the four adult categories, there will be a prize of £500.

Youth class (17 or under)

The photographer, aged 17 or under, who creates the entry chosen by the judges as the single best image, taking into account all four youth categories, will become the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 and will win £1,000 + a place on a one-day photography workshop, in the UK. Payment of the cash element of the prize will be made to the winner’s parent/guardian.
There will then be a prize of a place on a one-day photography workshop, in the UK, for the photographer of the image judged the best in each of the four youth categories.

For more info and to enter your images go to: http://www.take-a-view.co.uk

Shannon Jensen - A Long Walk

Shannon Jensen is an American photographer based between USA and East Africa. She is part of  Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent. A long walk wins the 2013 Amnesty Photojournalism Award.  

Jensen travelled South Sudan in May-June 2012, and photographed shoes belonging to refugees who had travelled by foot  across the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile state over to neighbouring South Sudan to escape Khartoum government’s military campaign against Southern liberation movement.

“How to represent a journey in an image?”

Relics by Robert Moran

Robert Moran is a fine art photographer living on a small island off the coast of Maine, but in May he and his work will be attending Magenta Foundation's FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL in Boston.  The festival is from May 16 - 19, at Fairmont Battery Wharf and his exhibition, Relics opens on May 17, 2013, from 7 - 10 pm at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, Building 2, Lower Level. I was able to see the series at Photolucida just a few weeks ago.

Relics is a collection of portraits of everyday objects that are past their prime. Once relied upon, they have become touchstones of an earlier way of life. The bag used by a doctor who made house calls. A rotary dial telephone that gave you time to consider each number. Writing on a manual typewriter. All displaced by something faster, sleeker, more efficient.  My aim for this project is to honor our inventive past and save some of its icons from the trash heap of memory. I photographed each item singly so that the viewer can examine its individual essence. Cracks and scuffs of hard use. Rust from damp storage. Mended hinges. Patches worn smooth by frequent polishing. The objects are cultural artifacts from a different world. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


The Brief
Use the individual words or the phrase as a whole. Show us what it means to you. Be inspired by the world around us, the ordinary and the extraordinary, people, places, sports, landscapes, current affairs and timeless classics. Draw inspiration from nature, lifestyle, art, music and culture.

We want images that make you feel emotion. They need to be original, imaginative, contemporary and powerful, images that draw the eye and create a reaction.

1st prize
The winner in each of the two categories will receive:-
A certificate and the title of HARMAN technology / ILFORD PHOTO Student Photographer of the year 2013.Their winning image, professionally printed and framed by ILFORD LAB DIRECT. £150 of product of their choice from www.harmanexpress.com.

Runners up
A runner up in each category will receive a certificate and a voucher for £100 of product of their choice from www.harmanexpress.com

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