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Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

The best photography exhibitions on now

There are a few photography exhibitions on at the moment in London, The Telegraph has listed them here,

Discover the best photography shows throughout London and the rest of the UK with The Telegraph

I have chosen this by Chris Stein to highlight, the others you can find here

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Chris Stein’s photo shoot of Harry for Creem magazine in 1976. “With Chris’s style, the way he shot things, everything was chunky and bold. It was a documentation of an attitude,” Harry says Photo: CHRIS STEIN

CHRIS STEIN/NEGATIVE: ME, BLONDIE AND THE ADVENT OF PUNK

Where: Somerset House
Address: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Until: January 24

In a nutshell: A few decades ago, up-and-coming punk-pop star Debbie Harry had a photographer on hand to chronicle her every move – her friend, bandmate and lover Chris Stein.

Read The Telegraph’s interview with Chris Stein

More here

 

My favourite photo books of 2014

This article caught my eye because at number one it featured the famous Oxford photographer Paddy Summerfield. I have been lucky enough to know Paddy since 1982 and it is with great joy that I see he is getting recognition for his emotive imagery.

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Mother and Father by Paddy Summerfield – £30

I have to thank a sentimental Sean O’Hagan for introducing me to Paddy Summerfield’s moving series, Mother and Father. It is a tender documentation of the last ten years of his parent’s marriage as Alzheimer’s came to claim them. The touching photographs, shot in black and white, allow us to see their love and tenderness in huge measure. They are deeply personal photographs but we can all identify with the emotional content.

Summerfield’s poetic description “I recorded my mother’s loss of the world, my father’s loss of his wife and, eventually, my loss of them both” describes his melancholy and moving journey.

Photographed in the neatly kept garden at their home in the Welsh countryside, Summerfield’s moving, gentle narrative captures subtle gestures of love revealing the bond formed during their 60-year marriage. The couple, their bodies gently bent in unison, tenderly hold hands, or link arms behind their backs, and stroll though the place they love. Eventually nature reclaims the garden, and the garden chairs become a poignant memorial to happier times.