Category: Opinions

VIDEO: Martin Parr Talks Bill Jay and Bill Brandt

A short clip from our up-coming film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay featuring Martin Parr discussing both Bill Jay and Bill Brandt. For more information on the film visit www.donotbendfilm.com © United Nations of Photography/Cordial AV 2017

Three Photobooks You Don’t Need to Buy or Own (Or Why Editors Matter…)

I recently purchased three photo books, well I say photo books but what I really mean to say is three books dealing with photography in three distinctly different ways. I’m not going to name or identify these books as there is no reason to in this instance. Instead I will outline how they connect with photography, ...

Daniel Meadows Talking Bill Jay

We spent a wonderful morning with Daniel Meadows discussing the influence of photographer, lecturer, writer and legendary magazine editor Bill Jay on his work and career for our film project Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. Daniel was in the same class as Martin Parr at Manchester Polytechnic where Bill gave a ...

AUDIO: Jim Mortram In Conversation

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 10.30am GMT Jim Mortram launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise £8,000 to support the publication of a book of his photography. Within just eight hours it had reached its target. Within twenty-four hours it had doubled that target with twenty-seven days still to go. The book titled Small Town Inertia ...

Martin Parr, Bill Jay and Tony Ray Jones…

A big thanks to Martin Parr (above) who let us into his home yesterday and allowed us to film him talking about the influence Bill Jay had on the early development of his work. Our conversation centered around a particular talk Bill gave at Manchester Polytechnic that Martin attended in the Autumn of 1971, whilst still ...

David Hurn talking Bill Jay

A big thanks to iconic Magnum photographer and great friend of Bill Jay, David Hurn for devoting a whole day to helping us with the filming of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay. David welcomed us into his home and spoke to us about Bill’s life and work in great depth. You can follow the ...

Photography Critics, Theorists and Academic Writing: Does Photography Need Them?

Let me put my cards on the table. I came to photography as a fan. A fan of the images I saw in magazines and on record covers in the Seventies and early Eighties before starting to work as an art director on magazines in the United Kingdom. Magazines that exist to be aspirational, entertaining, ...