Uprooted is a photo exhibition that challenges you to think about the stories of people displaced in Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. Discover more about the global crisis of displacement and how we can respond.   An excellent example of conceptual photography used as a campaign tool.

Saturday 24 February—Tuesday 27th February
10am to 4pm
(12.30 to 4pm on Sunday 25 February)
St. Nicholas Church,
St. Nicholas Church Street,
CV34 4JD


Explore Georgia O’Keeffe and Photography

A must see exhibtion at the Tate Modern which explores the dynamic relationship of photography to art.   Married to Stiglitz, friend to Paul Strand and Ansel Adams the art of Georgia O’Keeffe shows clear relationships between her paintings and  the framing of early modern photography.

In her own words:

“I am at present prejudiced in favour of photography…I feel that some of the photography being done in America today is more living, more vital, than the painting and I know that there are painters who agree with me.”
Georgia O’Keeffe, MSS. no.4, December 1922

Georgia O'Keeffe, Abstraction White Rose 1927

Documenting life on Islay

The Ileachs Project - Photographer Clive Booth talking at Ashbourne Festival 2016

An inspiring talk last night by Clive Booth at the Ashbourne Festival.  More images can be seen on his website.

His images are full of atmosphere and show a real connection to the people (Ileachs (e-lacs)) of Islay who he has known for over 20 years.   The highlight for me was the way he juxtaposed images of RLNI volunteers in their “day job” and when responding to a “shout”.

Worth taking a look at his other portfolios, especially the contrast with his fashion work.

Make Life Worth Living

Memories of childhood came flooding back as I strolled round this excellent exhibition at the Science Museum Media Space.   The above photograph was taken in Leeds, where I grew up in a similar street.   It must have been taken on a Monday because the washing is hanging out to dry.   Such were the rituals of people in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Exhibited for the first time after the 40 year restriction to protect the identity of the subjects, the passing of time serves to distance us from the underlying subject of poverty.   Have we really made significant advances in our housing?   Are neighbourhoods any more safe, secure, or cohesive?

The power of these images is to raise such questions in the mind of the viewer.


Some lessons from history

The Leica is 100 years old and many well known photographers used this now iconic camera to capture historic moments in time.  John Naughton writes in The Guardian today about the enduring legacy of not only the camera and the photographers who use it but also the design decisions made at the time by the inventor.  A fascinating story of innovation, engineering and the impact on the business model underpinning photography.