Category Archives: Research & reflections

Backyard Blossfeldt

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The Eggleston conundrum

William Eggleston, giant of photography, trail blazer, award winner, etc etc. I enjoy his work because it shows things that I haven’t seen previously. They may be banal but I’ve never been to Tennessee and  his photos show various little … Continue reading

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Yinka Shonibare MBE @ the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Yinka is an incredibly versatile artist. He produces textiles, sculptures, photographic tableau, film, music and performance.  Born in London, raised in Nigeria, then returned and awarded an MBE. His work expresses the irrelevance of racism by removing heads or substituting … Continue reading

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Juergen Teller at a Guardian Masterclass at the RGS

I was aware of Teller’s reputation although advance research only uncovered a few reviews in high-art language, so I attended with an open mind. The interviewer was Sean O’Hagan, an old acquaintance of Teller’s, and I think that familiarity prompted … Continue reading

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Truth in photography- not possible

I’m not convinced that there is any “truth” in photographic representation, in no matter what concept. The fundamental problem is that neither film nor digital sensors can capture the full range of colours and tones, and then the media used … Continue reading

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Man Ray portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

As advertised, over one hundred and fifty portraits, hung in groups according to the periods when Ray was in New York, Paris, Hollywood, and back again to Paris. In each section is a poster giving an overview of the work … Continue reading

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Thames Valley Group meeting notes, 23rd February 2013

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Dave Bartlett TAoP lines, patterns, diagonals, etc at A3.  B&W DPP ass 1 – trains at Didcot Eddy Lerpiniere P&P portraits white balance problems type of paper – semi-gloss will give a better colour / dynamic range. John Umney no people, … Continue reading

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Printing again

Think I made a breakthrough this weekend after struggling with my printer for almost a year, motivated by forthcoming OCA regional group meet and review session where we have to take a few prints for group discussion. After buying prints … Continue reading

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Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide by John Szarkowski

Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide by John Szarkowski At this writing I have not yet visited Memphis, or northern Mississippi, and thus have no basis for judging how closely the photographs in this book might seem to resemble that part … Continue reading

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Vernacular quote

“Aesthetically unpretentious, generally functional images made by amateur snapshooters or grass-roots professionals (e.g. itinerant tintypists, photowallahs, or jobbing local portraitists) for everyday purposes such as creating keepsakes or recording mundane objects. In 1964, John Szarkowski mounted an exhibition at MoMA, … Continue reading

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