Month: June 2016

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REVIEW: “Araki” at MNAAG Paris, 2016

You step into a small, darkened room with a dense display of violently coloured glossy photographs, and are immediately assaulted by the impression of body parts. Open mouths and thighs, hair and skin and wetness and blood – all much, much larger than life and a great deal more vivid. But you’re not looking at ...

When Does The Fun Begin? Or Photo Degree Shows Why Do They Exist!

In the past I would visit degree shows with the hope of unearthing a talented young photographer perfect for me to give a break to in the form of their first commission for an established magazine. Today I visit them for different reasons. Now I am part of the photographic teaching community attempting to perform ...

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REVIEW: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century at the V&A

Wall Street, 1915 The Paul Strand retrospective, on at the V&A until July 3rd, rewards a second visit. I’d been a few weeks ago, but the exhibition puts so much emphasis on Strand’s politics that it’s easy to be distracted from the art. His politics, it must be said, were impressive: Strand, born to bohemian parents ...

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Some Observations on What Photography Is Now…

I have just spent seven days in the North West of the Balearic Island of Mallorca staying in a town which I once lived in. The town is Soller, famed for its oranges, lemons, art nouveaux inspired architecture and a proud hard working indigenous population of small scale farmers, builders, fisherman and inevitably on Mallorca ...

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REVIEW: All The World’s a Stage… Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern, London) and Strange and Familiar (Barbican, London) 2016

Generally speaking, cramming two major exhibitions into one Saturday afternoon will render a person (me) glassy-eyed and reaching for a stiff drink. But once in a while OD-ing on detail – in this case hundreds and hundreds of black and white images – brings on the (possibly hallucinatory) feeling that a person can pick out ...

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REVIEW: Calling all angels: Francesca Woodman “On Being An Angel,”at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

The quickest route between the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Fondation Cartier – two museums with confusingly similar names and confusingly similar addresses in Paris’ 14th arrondissement – is to cut across the cemetery of Montparnasse. Right in the middle of le cimetière you pass the final resting place of Susan Sontag: the critic, Francophile, ...