September 2010

Grange Prize voting now open!

Cast your vote for one of four Grange Prize-shortlisted contemporary photographers: Josh Brand, Kristan Horton, Leslie Hewitt or Moyra Davey. This $50,000 photographic prize is determined entirely through public voting. If you happen to be in Toronto or Chicago, you can vote on-site at the exhibitions, on view now at the Art Gallery of Ontario and opening 8 October at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Those of us further afield can cast our votes online here.
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Photogpraphy at Rivington Place

Rivington Place presents a number of photography exhibitions and events in the coming months, including Ever Young: James Barnor, the first comprehensive exhibition of Barnor’s street and studio photographs and The Paris Albums 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois, a selection of 200 portraits that Du Bois compiled for the volume Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A., exhibited in the UK for the first time.
A number of related events include an artist talk and tour with James Barnor… Read More

Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South @ De La Warr Pavilion

1 October 2010 – 3 January 2011
‘Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographers of the American South’ brings together artists who have, in various ways, engaged with the physical and psychological landscape of the American South and its place in our psyche. The mythology of the South has entered the popular imagination. Many artists have strived to represent the ‘Mind of the South’ in their work, and in doing so often reflect the contested cultural values of this… Read More

The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0

University of Sunderland are calling for papers that deal with the implications of the ‘digital revolution’ and the upsurge of new photographic practices like photo-sharing sites, social networking, and ‘citizen photography’ to concepts of what constitutes the photographic.
Call for Papers:
The 21st century digital universe is undoubtedly a “hypervisual” environment with photographic images dominating every aspect of our life. The “digital revolution”,… Read More

Propaganda and Photography

The conference ‘Art Histories, Cultural Studies and the Cold War’ at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London on Friday 24th September 2010 includes a series of papers on the theme of ‘Propaganda and Photography’ (see below for morning programme). Further information on the rest of the papers and registration details can be found here.
Registration from 9am: Tea, Coffee & Croissant
9.45     Welcome: [Professor David… Read More


James Barnor, 17.09.10 – 27.11.10
James Barnor’s archive was produced during a career spanning more than sixty years. It covers a remarkable period in history, and bridges continents and photographic genres, as it creates a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures. Many of the works from this period will be shown for the first time in the UK.
For more information: Rivington Place
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Muybridge in Kingston – Launch Day – Saturday 18 September

Muybridge in Kingston Launch Day
Sat 18 Sept 12.30-7pm
Kingston Museum & Stanley Picker Gallery
Public launch of the Muybridge in Kingston exhibitions with special events for all the family, including a magic lantern show from Professor Heard, shadow puppetry from Zannie Fraser and an evening launch lecture on Muybridge’s links to the history of the moving and projected image by Muybridge expert Stephen Herbert.
Launch Day Programme:
Official Opening: Muybridge in Kingston
12.30pm… Read More

Shomei Tomatsu & Daido Moriyama

Shomei Tomatsu: 09.09.10 – 09.10.10. / Daido Moriyama: 10.09.10. – 10.10.10.
The work of Daido Moryiama and Shomei Tomatsu, the two giants of the Japanese post-war movement presented side by side for the first time in the UK, will be unveiled at the Michael Hoppen Gallery this weekend.
Despite being relatively unknown outside his home country, seventy-seven year old Shomei Tomatsu is widely considered the most important figure in Japanese post-war photography…. Read More

‘Prostitutes’ and ‘Heavy Anchors’: the photographic work of Taryn Simon

This paper was written for the conference Displaying Word and Image (University of Ulster, Belfast, 4-6 June 2010) and presented in the panel ‘Con-text: Displaying Photographs’.
When entering the space dedicated to Taryn Simon’s work at the Photographer’s Gallery in London, part of the 2009 Deutsche Bank prize exhibition, what I found most striking was the unusual behaviour of the audience. The spectators were particularly still and concentrated – but often… Read More

New issue of Papers of Surrealism

The current issue of the online journal Papers of Surrealism has two essays on surrealism and photography – my article on Hans Bellmer and Anna Gaskell, and an article on David Wojnarowicz. This is part of a special issue on queer sexuality and surrealism, edited by James Boaden.
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