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New exhibition opens at Brighton One Eyed Jacks gallery

Work by three photographers who have documented everyday life in North America is on show in Brighton.

Recently opened photography gallery One Eyed Jacks looks to North America for its next exhibition, which features images by three photographers.

Founded in October 2012 by photographer Matt Henry, the Brighton-based gallery is showing 17 images by photographers Thomas Gardiner, Ari Gabel and Jack Latham.

Canadian photographer Thomas Gardiner, who is currently based in Brooklyn, New York, shows work from his seriesUntitled USA and Western Canada. The Yale photography graduate began documenting working-class cities in Northeast America, specifically New Haven, during his MFA Photography degree course, and has also spent time photographing the small communities in and around where he grew up in Western Canada.

Ari Gabel, who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, contributes images from Tired of Being Tired, a series of images exploring his love of the Mississippi Delta Blues, and from Good River, which documents the lives of residents in Ohio River Valley.

Welsh photographer Jack Latham, who graduated from the BA Documentary Photography course in Newport at the University of Wales in 2012, contributes images from Pink Flamingo, a series about settlers along the Oregon Trail.

The exhibition runs from 24 January until 24 March. Full details here


Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania © Thomas Gardiner


Teck Cominco over the Columbia River, Trail, British Columbia © Thomas Gardiner

Brighton Photofringe Open Submission

Brighton is well known for it’s great attitude towards the arts and in particular photography. There is still time to enter the open submission for the photofringe, and let’s face it you couldn’t do worse than Alec Soth’s 7 year old daughter at the last Brighton Biennial (don’t believe everything you read even in The Guardian) ,  here are the details for submission:

Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2012

Open Submission Solo Photographic Exhibition

October-November 2012

OPEN 2012 Details

Brighton Photo Fringe would like to invite submissions for OPEN 2012 – an open submission solo exhibition opportunity for an emerging to mid-career photographer or lens based artist.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 4 June 2012


 Selected artist will receive

• High profile solo exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe at Phoenix Brighton

• Artist’s fee £500

• Production budget

• Travel expenses (within the UK)


• Emerging and mid-career* photographic artists

• Currently living or working in the UK

• Any lens-based medium

• Existing body of work which has not been previously exhibited in the UK

Submission Fee: £15.00

 Brighton Photo Fringe supports photographers and lens-based artists by opening up spaces, coordinating participatory projects and creating opportunities. Every two years Brighton Photo Fringe brings together a city-wide festival of exhibitions and events that runs alongside Brighton Photo Biennial. OPEN 2012 will be the keynote exhibition of this year’s Brighton Photo Fringe festival and will be closely linked to Brighton Photo Biennial.

For further information please see http://www.photofringe.org or contact info@photofringe.org

Phoenix Brighton is the largest artist-led organisation in the South East. It provides galleries, community projects, education programmes and 100 artist studios.

For further information please see:


The Great Escape 2012

This last weekend, well Thursday onwards, I was photographing for one of Britain’s most respected music bloggers, The Recommender at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. This annual festival is a showcase for new and emerging bands so no headliners you will of heard of but lots of bands that may grace much larger stages in years to come. My job was to cover the events The Recommender attended and these included some bands, radio interviews and an event part hosted by The Recommender called Blogup where most of the UK and some international bloggers got together to talk about what they do.

On getting my delegates photo pass I was a bit disappointed to learn that photographers had to sign up to a list of terms and conditions that included no flash. When I shoot bands I prefer not to use flash but from past experience I knew that this festival has gigs in what you would struggle to call unlit basements, rooms over pubs, garages, shops as well as established venues like The Dome, Digital and Audio. Most of the places The Recommender trailed me to had basically no lighting at all. If I was lucky there was a 60w bulb pointing vaguely in the direction of the front of stage. This might be an exaggeration but not much. My pictures were therefore often more about atmosphere than sharpness.

I started at The Recommender showcase event on Thursday afternoon at The Green Door Store, a venue under the arches of the railway station. 3 Brighton bands and a fantastic guy from Denmark who went by the name of Rangleklods. The lack of light and no flash meant that my 5D MkII was cranked up to 6400 ISO (later in the weekend I pushed to the max of over 25,000)

If you click on the pictures it will take you to links where you can hear the artists if you are interested and where music exists on line

Rangleklods at The Recommender Showcase Green Door Store

On the same bill were local Brighton Band

Us Baby Bear Bones

Cave Painting are a Brighton band tipped for success considered to be inventive indie, like dare I say Coldplay perhaps (I am sure they would hate that)

Next it was over to Horatio’s at the end of the pier, this is a soulless hole that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone, all the visual excess of the end of the pier, charmless and tacky. It is where the NME choose to hold their showcase gigs usually putting on the rising stars. First up were Peace, (rubbish name if you are trying to google them ) sort of indie darlings in the Foals, Maccabees style. Lighting at Horatio’s is better than some of the other locations but still pretty awful photographically

Another band with a name it is impossible to google is Friends and they were next at this NME showcase

Rounding up the NME showcase was Niki and The Dove, electronic duo from Scandinavia

Last up for the evening was White Arrows

Next day the first interview for The Recommender was with Shell Zenner for Amazing Radio this is a great station if you are into new bands.

Then non-stop onto Blogup for the free drinks on the beach at Life and bloggers doing what they love, hearing the sounds of their own voices. Here is The Recommender and Joe Sparrow of A New Band A Day Blog

The evening ended with a walk across town to see Alt J and Django Django and possibly the worst lighting of the event for me. Both bands were exceptional though


Django Django

What was left of the festival was taken up with video work so nothing else to show here which is a bit of a shame, some of that can be seen over at

The Recommender

The Great Escape 2012 New Music Festival – Brighton

The connection to photography is tenuous with this post, however we will be in Brighton at this excellent festival of new music as official photographer for the world renowned music blog The Recommender Between the 10th and 12th May we will be down by the seaside without our buckets and spades (Brighton has pebbles) but with our cameras to record the very best in new music.

Stage and gig photography a few tips

Yes it is hard to get out and photograph when it is pounding down with rain, as it is now. This time of year many people make the effort to see concerts and other stage based performances and although photographing them might not be permissable if you have the chance and want to then there are a few tips that will help you do better.

This post from Picture Correct by Scott Wrigley may help you to do better, “While stage photography may seem simple to the naked eye, the lighting and constant movements that must be continuously mapped are akin to jumping on a trampoline, while balancing on an operating jackhammer, and snapping pictures. The overall public consensus is to take every possibly photograph of the on stage idol, post them all to Facebook, and allow friends to “ooo” and “aww” over how close their friend the photographer was to their personal hero.”.…more

Here are some shots from The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this year, as a festival for emerging artists it is a great place to catch the next big thing in a small venue and pub. These shots are of EMA, she is touted as being the next great rock star by The NME magazine, personally I don’t think so.


miniclick photography talk in Brighton

“In September of 2010 Alex Bamford presented the first miniclick photography talk down here in Brighton. The monthly, free photography talks have gone from strength to strength since then and have gathered quite a bit of a following as we approach their first birthday. A couple of months ago, Slaughter House opened up in Hoxton. Slaughter House is a fantastic creative space set up to bring together photographers, hair stylists and tattoo artists, with facilities on site to cater for all of them.

To celebrate both of these milestones, Laura Pannack and I have been curating a couple of summer events, one to be held in Brighton on Sept 21st, and one at Slaughter House in London on Sept 29th. Laura was invited by Chris Harris to put on photography events and talks at Slaughter House. London-to-Brighton-to-London-to-Brighton.

At 7pm on  21st September, at The Old Market in Brighton & Hove, the first event is taking place. The centrepiece is an open panel discussion featuring some of the best photographers in the UK today. The bar will also be open, music playing and general merry-making happening all evening ’till late. I will also be releasing an extremely limited edition souvenir publication featuring the first 12 miniclick speakers, available exclusively on the night.” Tickets are £5 and available hereInterested……more

©Laura Pannack