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From 'The English Cathedral', a Book published by Merrell in October 2012. Between 2010 and 2012 Peter Marlow photographed the Nave's of all forty two of England's Anglican cathedrals using only natural light at dawn.  Marlow’s  photographs are accompanied by his commentary on the project, including sketches and preparatory shots; an introduction by V&A senior photography curator Martin Barnes on the tradition of church photography in England, and a concise summary of each cathedral interior by architectural historian John Goodall.


Late photographer Peter Marlow’s final exhibition to launch in Coventry Cathedral

In 2008, Marlow was commissioned by Royal Mail, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, to photograph six cathedrals. The resulting images of Lichfield, Belfast, Gloucester, St David’s, Westminster, and St Magnus in Orkney were issued as a set of six commemorative stamps and a miniature sheet. This week, at the historic Coventry Cathedral, the work will be displayed for the first time in one of the spaces featured in the series, the first time the project has been exhibited outside of London. Once the commission was complete, Marlow was inspired to continue the project and in the following four years shot all 42 of the cathedrals of the Church of England. This endeavour can be viewed as a contemporary update to tradition of church photography in England, particularly the work of Frederick Evans and Edwin Smith. ‘”I began by photographing the aesthetic highlights of each building, but the images seemed to merge with one another,” Marlow said on completion of the series. “In order to differentiate each place, …


Woman I (Cards), 2014. From the series FLAT DEATH © Sara Cwynar. Courtesy Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto.

FOAM Talent launches in London

It is not often that you meander around a gallery space and can barely get past the hoards of students, professionals and new talents of photography as they press together to see the photography on display. Such was the bustling opening night of the eclectic FOAM Talent, a group show of 21 up-and-coming photographers under the age of 35, at the Beaconsfield Gallery in London. The photography on display here has already been featured in a dedicated issue of the FOAM magazine, and is now exhibited in over two large rooms in a dynamically curated showcase of more than 100 photographs. “The range of different work is important,” says curator, Mirjam Kooiman. “What ties them together is that they’re young and that they have a strong, autonomous vision, whether it’s through studio or documentary photography.” This year, there is a noticeable emphasis on the physical presentation of the images, adding a new sculptural aspect to the exhibition. Jean-Vincent Simonet, a French photographer, invites us into a psychedelic world of vivid colour marbled with metallic shine. For each display of …


A co-operative that thrived on creative equality: Elliott Landy’s The Band Photographs from 1968/69

The Band are a curious beast. World-class session players who specialised in Americana despite being four-fifths Canadian, they inspire the kind of reverence among rock musicians that is generally reserved for more obviously virtuosic players. They are probably best known amongst younger audiences for their farewell concert film, The Last Waltz – directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring a panoply of stars, including Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan himself. Thus, their eight-year period of touring and recording together is exceptional for its success – they are a group apparently without a de jure leader, and whose songwriting is too-often pedestrian, yet whose appeal rests on sensational arrangement, cogency and extemporisation. They were also capable of striking musical invention that could go under the radar amidst the familiar tropes of folksy roots-rock. Consequently, it is the human relationships at the heart of The Band that give Landy’s photographs added appeal to longtime fans. Much has been made of the rift that grew between supposed arranger-in-chief Robbie Robertson and late drummer Levon Helm …


Inside Downtown Los Angeles’ Premier Gun Club

The L.A. Gun Club in downtown Los Angeles is the home of a legal pastime that allows people to shoot live ammunition at target posters with guns such as a Colt .45 or an AK47. Each participant can select from over a hundred target posters, ranging from minimalist human forms to cartoon bad guys. Hilton has documented the remains of these unique ’shot’ target posters created, through a process of destruction, by a cross section of her community – from a brain surgeon to a couple on a ‘date night’. Hilton, a photographer and filmmaker from London, has built a career exploring the culture of the western parts of the United States The series, about to launch as an exhibition at London’s Eleven Gallery, is also a limited edition, self-published photobook featuring brief interviews with the shooters. Hilton therefore shows us a snapshot of the attitudes towards guns, gun use and gun ownership in America. A 34-year-old biology school teacher, firing his own Sig Sauer 226 9mm pistol, told her: “I like to come here for ‘stress relief’. It is not unusual for …


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A Psychiatric Understanding of Grand Theft Auto 5

Tyneside Cinema’s The Gallery, alongside The Factory, The Gallery’s art programme for 14-19 year olds. commissioned Larry Achiampong and David Blandy to create the exhibition, entitled FF Gaiden: Alternative. The exhibition forms part of the artists’  Finding Fanon series, an on-going collection of work inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, widely regarded as the definitive post-colonial theorist. Achiampong and Blandy’s most recent collaborative projects include Finding Fanon Part 1 and 2, (2015), and Biters, (2014). Achiampong, a British-Ghanian artist born in 1984, completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005. David Blandy, born in London in 1976, graduated from the  Chelsea College of Art in 1998, and the Slade School of Art MA in Fine Art Media in 2003. Their combined partnership explores “a shared interest in communal and personal heritage and the influence of popular culture.” Born in Martinique, Fanon traveled to France to fight in the Second World War before settling in North Africa, working as a psychiatrist in a small town, Blida, 50 miles from the Algerian capital. It was here, …


Peace Signs: Photography as Nuclear Protest

It was a protest that changed history. On 12 December 1982, some 30,000 women marched arm in arm onto Greenham Common in Berkshire, aligning themselves along the entire length of the nine-mile long fence that surrounded the Royal Air Force station. Standing against a backdrop of ribbons in the shape of peace signs threaded through the barbed wire, they protested proposed government plans to turn the green into a US nuclear cruise missile base. Each missile would have four times the destructive power of the atomic bomb that pulverised Hiroshima in 1945. This was one of the key demonstrations in support of the burgeoning anti-nuclear movement of the era, and resulted in a number of peace camps being set up around Britain. What started as a series of marches in the late 1950s, was turning into the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of protesters asserting their opposition to nuclear weapons. Half a century later, the movement continues to assert its presence. In 2013, thousands of campaigners in Scotland rallied and blocked the Faslane Naval Base, which stored …


Polly Penrose’s 10 Seconds: “Hammering my body into the landscape”

Penrose began taking photographs when she was a teen. Her first self portrait was taken on a day she was upset with her father. She wrapped a rope around her body, shot a photo of herself and sent it to him. Penrose, now a mother of two who lives close to Victoria Park in East London, studied Graphic Design before going on to work for acclaimed photographer Tim Walker. A Body of Work (self portraits 2007- 2014), her first series as a conceptual photography, was exhibited at Mother Gallery in East London, her first solo show. The series documents the effects of time passing on Polly’s body, her relationship with her environment, and the emotional state she was in at the time of the picture. “Each picture candidly portrays a moment, like marks in the calendar of my life,” Penrose told BJP on the release of A Body of Work. “The tedious despair of temp work in the city laid bare on a boardroom table. A ball of excitement on a yellow chair on my engagement. “The red fabric …


Skogar #384, 2015,  Pigment Print, 140x180cm (c) Boomoon, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York

Huge photographs of Iceland’s greatest waterfalls shown for the first time

The exhibition “presents the powerful elemental force of the waterfall as the subject for Boomoon’s take on the ungovernable character of the natural world,” Flowers Gallery said in announcing the exhibition. The exhibition, titled Skogar, brings together a selection of black and white photographs from a series of 300 exposures. Each is taken from the same frontal viewpoint, capturing distinct variations of light and form within the momentum of the huge waterfall. To capture the shot, Boomoon had to enter the freezing water of the pool below the falls to attain a position where the ‘horizon’ would be situated precisely at the lower third of the frame. The photographs are composed horizontally, contrary to the essentially upright configuration of the waterfall itself, and are cropped closely to exclude all peripheral detail and sense of scale. He did so to present “an immersive view, which appears to extend beyond the limits of an individual standpoint or subjective experience.” Whilst taken from the same position, each image records the discrete changes in focus and detail from one unique moment …


Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2016 announces Best Photography Book Shortlist

Since 1985, the awards have been one of the UK’s leading prizes for books on photography and the moving image. In addition to the Book Awards, the Foundation contributes to the National Media Museum First Book Award, in partnership with the celebrated photobook publisher MACK. The recipient of this prize works alongside MACK to realise a monographic book project of previously unpublished work. Here are the shortlisted projects for the 2016 edition of the prize: Best Photography Book Award Shortlist Selected by judges Anne Lyden (Chair), Mark Power and Julian Stallabrass This year’s photography shortlist includes a retrospective of rare Soviet photobooks, a meditation on memory through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an insight into the lives of nine young people living in post-revolution Iran. · The Soviet Photobook 1920–1941, by Mikhail Karasik, edited by Manfred Heiting (Steidl) · The Erasure Trilogy, by Fazal Sheikh (Steidl) · Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album, by Newsha Tavakolian (Kehrer Verlag) Best Moving Image Book Award Shortlist Selected by judges James Bell (Chair), Rhianna Dhillon …


The Stranger’s Notebook – Dawit L. Petros’ Journey Across Africa

Dawit L. Petros was born in Eritrea, East Africa. He is now based in New York City. As such, his work, the gallery says, “explores the relationship between African histories and European ideas of modernism.” The project’s title, The Stranger’s Notebook, encompassing a sprawling journey across Africa, makes reference to the French philosopher Albert Camus’ novel L’Etranger (1942), of how Camus understand and communicated “the experience of outsiderness”. Petros also uses as influence the German sociologist Georg Simmel’s ideas of the ‘paradoxical stranger’. “If wandering is the liberation from every given point in space, and thus the conceptional opposite to fixation at such a point, the sociological form of the “stranger” presents the unity, as it were, of these two characteristics,” Simmel wrote in his seminal essay. But it was Fesseha Giyorgis, an Abyssinian cultural figure widely regarded as the father of Tigrinya literature, but barely known in Western literary circles, who formed the basis of Petros’ artistic and photographic practice. Giyorgis wrote travelogues at the turn of the 20th century.  Petros identifies About the Author’s Journey from Ethiopia to Italy and …


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