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BJP’s 2012 International Photography Award is open

You could win a framed, printed exhibition at London’s Foto8 Gallery by entering BJP’s 2012 International Photography Award writes  Diane Smyth in the BJP

Chloe Dewe Mathews won the 2011 International Photography Award (series category) for a project called Caspian, which included this shot of two sisters running down to the underground mosque in Beket-Ata, Kazakhstan. Image © Chloe Dewe Mathews/Panos Pictures.

…What do Chloe Dewe Mathews, Edmund Clark and Peter di Campo have in common? They’ve all won London exhibitions in BJP’s International Photography Award. Enter now and you could win a framed, printed show at Foto8 this November. …….

Photographers may enter projects on any topic, and there are two categories to choose from: one awarding the best series of images, and the other the best single image. Both winners will be exhibited at Foto8 for two weeks and will be able to keep their print or prints after the show. 

The IPA has been running since 2005, and previous winners include Edmund Clark, whose series Guantanamo: If the lights go out went on to be published by Dewi Lewis; and Peter di Campo, who won the series prize in 2010 with a project on Life Without Lights in Ghana. Facundo Arrizabalaga won the single image prize last year with a shot from the student protests of November 2010, and Walter Astrada picked up the single image award in 2008 with an image depicting a victim of matricide in Guatemala.

The IPA is judged by a rolling panel of photography experts, which last year included Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk at Thomson Reuters, and Monica Allende, picture editor of the Sunday Times Magazine. The prize is generously supported by Spectrum Photographic, one of the leading photography labs in Europe, and by Foto8 Gallery in East London. 

The closing date this year is 15 September 2012. For more information, and to enter online, visit www.bjp-online.com/ipa

Photographers and curators wanted for MargatePhotoFest


Ed Thompson exhibited a series of images called Totnes Transition Town at last year’s MargatePhotoFest, which looked at a community-lead charity strengthening the area’s economy. This image is from a new body of work on Occupy London. The 2012 MargatePhotoFest is now open for submissions and looking for projects on political and social issues. Image © Ed Thompson.

Curator Charlotte Cotton, photographer Trish Morrissey, Hyeres curator Raphaelle Stopin and BJP‘s Diane Smyth are judging entries for this year’s MargatePhotoFest.

The festival, which returns for the third year from 10-12 August, is looking for photographers shooting social and political issues and will select three for exhibition..…MORE

MPF promotes socially engaged photography.

We are building a community of artists/curators/educators/ activists to explore photography’s role as an active force for change within contemporary society. The aim is to showcase exciting and innovative approaches to social art and develop programs with a real impact.

To this end projects selected will deal with social/political issues affecting contemporary society, work with communities, social projects (and audience participation) or some mix thereof. Projects involving mixed media, talks or workshops are not only allowed but actively encouraged.

Dates:10th-12th August 2012

Bailey’s East End

Bailey is Newham’s most famous son. The exhibition of pictures of the East End, taken over 50 years, will see him return to Newham while the world’s focus is on east London. It is little known that David Bailey has photographed east London streets and their inhabitants from the early 60′s right up to the present day, returning time and again to the stomping ground of his youth. The photographs that will be displayed, many of them large-scale prints, document the changing physical and social landscape of east London showing streetscapes, characters and scenes of east London life. Some famous faces appear but they are nestled in among the renowned ‘faces’ of the area. Bailey’s photographs also provide a visual record of the different groups of immigrants who have settled in this part of the city. The exhibition will take place in London’s first new Enterprise Zone – the Royal Docks, which was the largest man-made Docks in the world when constructed 150 years ago.….MORE

14 July – 11 August 2012. Royal Docks, Newham.
Entry: £6, £4 conc.

Diane Smyth writes in the BJP about this exhibition

“My mum used to call it ‘us and them’,” says David Bailey. “Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree [two of his girlfriends and models] were posh to her. I stayed at her house one time with Jean, and in the morning Jean asked where the other sheet was. My mum took a dislike to Jean then because she thought she was she was being really snobby – to her, you got one sheet and a blanket and that was it. Art’s great because there is no ‘us and them’, no one cares where you come from. Art gets rid of all that.” 

Bailey shot to fame in the 1960s for his fashion photography, and for his East End roots. Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy he embodied a new kind of fashion photographer who was hip, heterosexual and working class – or, as Duffy put it: “Before 1960, a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual.” Born in 1938 in Leytonstone and brought up in East Ham, Bailey’s earliest memories are of air raid shelters; he went on to photograph East End gangster Reggie Kray’s wedding. “Reg asked me if I would shoot it and I thought ‘I’ve got no choice’,” he says. “There’s no reshoot – the reshoot would be concrete shoes.”.…MORE

David Bailey took this picture in London’s East End in 1968; this summer it will be included in a large solo show called Bailey’s East End which will be held in the Royal Docks as part of the Create2012 summer programme. Untitled, 1968 © David Bailey.

Four photographers win Birmingham’s big commission

In the BJP by Diane Smyth

Brian Griffin, Michael Collins, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps have all won a place in Reference Works, the largest photography commission ever undertaken in Birmingham.

The four have been commissioned by Birmingham Library and Archive Services’ Photography Department to photograph the existing Central Library and document its transition and relocation into the newly-built Library of Birmingham next year. Collins, Lacon and Whipps have been asked to focus on the architecture of the old and new buildings, while Griffin will concentrate on photographing the people involved with the project. The images will go on show in the new gallery, along with photographs from the Library’s archive charting the history of Birmingham, and will also be published in a commemorative book.


Brian Griffin will take portraits of the people involved with building Birmingham’s new city library, in a major commission established by Birmingham City Council and supported by the Arts Council. This image shows Charles Baldwin, Project Director, and Simon Dingle, Operations Director, Carillion, from the Library of Birmingham. Image © Brian Griffin.


El Plus En: Ellerker Gardens

“El Plus En’s latest project is an unsettling trip into the subconscious and an unusual take on the photographic series.

Graduating from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham. In that time, the duo have travelled to India and the US to create projects, been taken up by a Swedish gallery, and had work published in Foam, Source and Wallpaper* magazines. And that’s just for starters; they also founded the Wandering Bears collective with fellow photographer Peter Haynes, curating exhibitions for Margate Photo Festival and Brighton Photo Fringe’s Open 11.

 Now they’ve produced a new series, Ellerker Gardens, the first project they’ve shot entirely digitally. “It was a long process for us to get used to,” says Norman. “Initially we would look at every image immediately unsatisfied, an experience we were new to as normally we’ve had to wait for development periods before we could reflect on the images.” writes Diane Smyth in the BJP.…MORE

Ways of Looking – Bradford Photography Festival

Ways of Looking is a new festival of photography in Bradford and runs throughout October 2011. Exploring the theme EVIDENCE, the festival presents new exhibitions and commissions, photography in public spaces, collaborations with Bradford residents, a specially published book, and an inspiring programme of events.

Jeremy Deller

From Deller’s selection of photographs for the series ‘Poking About’

Courtesy of Bradford Museums and Galleries

“With the National Media Museum and Impressions Gallery, Bradford is a hub for photography exhibitions and its capitalising on its position this October with the Ways of Looking festival. The festival, which is held across eight different venues, includes Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works and Donovan Wylie’s Outposts, both of which will be on show at the National Media Museum. Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon will be exhibiting a specially-commissioned work, Self Portrait of You and Me (Blue Skies), at Impressions Gallery, while Jeremy Deller, who has also won a Turner Prize, will be showing Poking About, an exhibition created using Bradford Museums and Galleries’ photographic archives. The festival also includes shows by Red Saunders, Diane Bielik and Simon Ford and Colin Lloyd.

Ways of Looking opens on 30 September and will be staging special events throughout the weekend. Photography on Trial at the Victorian Courthouse, City Hall will see Stephen Bull and Nick McGowan-Lowe debate the pros and cons of copyrighting images at 2.30pm on Saturday 01 October, while Disco Politik will be playing at the Bradford Playhouse on Friday night.The festival is organised by Impressions Gallery, National Media Museum and The Culture Company, with Bradford Museums & Galleries, Bradford Grid, Fabric, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre and Gallery II, University of Bradford.” Author: Diane Smyth at the BJP