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Photo week begins at Free Range in east London, showcasing the work of final-year students

Simon Bainbridge reports in the BJP about the start of student final year exhibitions. Free Range is involved and on their website list many of the Final Year Exhibitions around the country at different colleges.

Free Range returns this summer, providing its annual showcase for this year’s arts graduates and, perhaps, the opportunity to be discovered by some influential art director or curator.

Founded by Tamsin O’Hanlon in 2001, Free Range is now Europe’s largest graduate art and design exhibition. Showing at Old Truman Brewery complex off Brick Lane in east London, it’s talent-spotting made easy, with each week of its two-month run devoted to a particular art form.

Contrast that to more than a decade ago, when degree shows were largely held locally, and graduates from outside London remained disconnected from many of the most important people in their market. In an attempt to attract a more influential audience that could help kick start their students’ careers, some colleges began hiring spaces to promote their degree shows in the capital. But that depended on the largely unfounded assumption that galleries and image buyers were prepared to schlep round dozens of venues. Some colleges still do, using venues such as Foto8 or the Candid Arts Trust, but Free Range provides the cluster effect that allows satellite events to thrive……MORE

Dave Alexander is one of the graduates starring in this year’s Free Range shows of graduate talent at Old Truman Brewery in east London.

Read more: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2183644/photo-begins-free-range-east-london-showcasing-final-photography-students#ixzz1xlH95ALv
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Owning The Scream does not make you an art collector

A question wandering around my head is, “Why is this painting, (not actually a painting but a pastel drawing), worth so much money?” Yesterday The Scream by Munch fetched up $120m in an auction. It can’t be the rarity as there are a number of versions by the artist, much as there could be from a limited edition of prints from a negative. It may reach into the human condition but there are so many photographs that do this, one name amongst many, Steve McCurry.

In Britain there seems to be a view that photography is a lesser art, there is a malaise that encourages people to think a photograph has little value because anyone with a camera (and a little skill) standing in the same place could have taken that picture. This of course is the main reason for the decline in professional photography, “Sheila in accounts has a good camera and she takes nice pictures of flowers so she can take the pictures”. That may be a bit of an exaggeration but I have heard similar. Once I was photographing at a college here in Oxford and noticed a woman who kept appearing behind me with a compact camera in hand. I asked why and she said the college had asked her to take some pictures and she thought following me would get her the best pictures! She explained that she had been asked to take on a role as the ‘in house photographer’ –  she quickly added that they recognised my pictures would be better (I hope so) but that as hers were for the web site or college publications that didn’t matter so much.

I have found that elsewhere in the world photography is considered much more seriously. France, USA, Australia all recognise that to make great photographs it has nothing to do with owning a camera (although this is necessary). As the saying goes “Owning a Nikon does not make you a photographer, it makes you a Nikon owner”.  Paris is full of small galleries exhibiting photography with realistic prices, by realistic I mean they reflect the artistic merit and journey the photographer has gone on to get to that point. Much the same as is taken into consideration when looking at the work of artists from other disciplines. To be a photographer you have to own equipment but it is your personal journey, your vision and your intent to say something that matters which defines the quality of the work.

So with all the fuss about The Scream it is this image, a photograph that caught my eye. I really like the domesticity of the scene, the everydayness, two men who show little reverence for what is in their hands juxtaposed with the obscenity of its price tag of $120m say it again and gasp $120m.This one image sums up for me the ludicrousness of it all and again forces the question, “why not for a photograph too?”

I can’t even tell you the name of the photographer but click on the picture to be taken to the article in The Guardian.

As if by contrast I would like to share the most expensive photograph ever with you. It is by Andreas Gursky and is called Rhine II and sold for $4.3m, a snip, I hear you say; I’ll have two and still have change for a lesser Scream. I think it is possible that one of the reasons photography is the poor cousin of the art world is because of the photographs that are held up as the best that we can do. What do you think?

“At $4.3 million — more than $1 million more than the midpoint of the Christie’s estimate — Andres Gursky’s Rhine II is the most expensive photograph ever sold. Here’s the argument that it’s worth it. But I count myself with Dan Amira: I just don’t get art sometimes. “ From the Washington Post

Seems like I may not be alone.


Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

Christian pilgrims hold candles at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, during the ceremony of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem’s Old City, Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

Pakistani girls sit amid graves whilst attending a test during their daily classes at a makeshift school managed in the boundary of a small graveyard in Gujranwala near Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Pakistani government allocate less then four per cent for education in the country of more the 180 million. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

Pakistani fishermen drag their nets for fishing as heavy clouds gather in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, April 19, 2012. (AP Photo)

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

This handout photo provided by NASA shows the Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flying over Washington skyline, including the Washington Monument, as seen from a NASA T-38 aircraft, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery, the longest-serving orbiter will be placed to its new home, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. (AP Photo/NASA, Robert Markowitz)

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012

In this Saturday, April 14, 2012 photo, a Pakistani girl enters her home in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan. Some of Pakistan’s poorest women are eligible for something many have never experienced: a little bit of help from the government. It comes in the form of a debit card that is topped up with the equivalent of 30 dollars every three months. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

More of these extraordinary pictures can be seen here

Pictures of the Week: April 20, 2012 | Plog — World, National Photos, Photography and Reportage — The Denver Post.

Deadline for Getty Images Editorial Grants 1st May

Photographers have less two weeks to enter this year’s Getty Images’ Grants for Editorial Photography, worth $20,000

Image © Stanley Greene / Noor Images, courtesy of Getty Images.

Olivier Laurent reports in the BJP

“Launched in 2004, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography are designed to help professional photojournalists create “compelling social, political and cultural stories.”

Each year, a jury selects five photographers to receive $20,000 to fund projects of personal and journalistic significance. This year, one of the grants will be awarded, in conjunction with The Chris Hondros Fund, for “extraordinary news coverage of a current event,” says Getty Images.

The deadline for entries if 01 May, at which time a jury that includes the directors of photography at Time Magazine and The New Yorker, as well as Barbara Giffin of Turner Broadcasting Systems, photographer Stephanie Sinclair and Jean-François Leroy of Visa Pour l’Image, will select the five winners “taking into account the caliber of portfolio, project merit and professional ability.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at this year’s Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan.

For more details and to enter, visit grants.gettyimages.com.” This is from the opening page of the Getty Grants web page

“Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Welcome to the Getty Images Grants application system. To ensure your application qualifies, please adhere to all of the guidelines and eligibility requirements or it will not be submitted to judges for consideration.

To ensure fair and unbiased selection, all proposals reviewed by the independent panel of judges remain anonymous until the judging is complete. Submissions that contain a photographer’s name and/or contact information within the caption field or the proposal will be deemed ineligible.

Please contact us at grants@gettyimages.com with any questions.

Before you begin to register and apply please prepare the following:
  • A proposal mapping out the scope and purpose of your project in 500 words or less.
  • A bio, maximum 500 words.
  • 20-25 portfolio images, sized to 3000 pixels at the longest dimension, 300 dpi, saved as JPG with standard compression no lower than 8 on the JPG scale.

Important notes: There is no fee to apply to the Getty Images Grants and applicants retain all copyrights to their imagery submitted for the judges’ review.”.…MORE

Cairo Divided

An unique text and photo essay explores Egypt’s sprawling metropolis as it undergoes one of the most dramatic transformations in its history. Released as part of a new project bringing writers and photographers together on in-depth works, it is available for free in a one-off newspaper format – order details are below.
For fourteen centuries, Egypt’s capital has risen within a pair of stubbornly-persistent natural boundaries – the Moqattam clifftops to the west, and the Saharan desert to the east. Now for the first time Cairo is bursting its banks, sending boutique villas and water-hungry golf courses tumbling into the sand dunes, and reshaping the political and psychological contours of the largest megacity in Africa and the Middle East.Amid an uncertain tide of political change, the controversial ‘satellite cities’ project is dramatically transforming peripheries into new urban centres and consigning old focal points to a life on the margins. Against the backdrop of national revolution, photographer Jason Larkin and writer Jack Shenker collaborated for two years to produce ‘Cairo Divided’, a free hard-copy publication exploring the capital’s rapidly-mutating urban landscape.


Jason Larkin is a documentary photographer and part of the Panos photo agency in London. Previously based in Cairo, his career has seen him shooting for international periodicals across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the prestigious PDN Arnold Newman Portraiture prize. He is currently based between London and Johannesburg – http://www.jasonlarkin.co.uk.

Jack Shenker is a London-born writer who has reported from across the globe, with work spanning Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Gaza and the Mediterranean. Since 2008, he has been Egypt correspondent for the Guardian, and his coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution won the Amnesty International Gaby Rado award for excellence in human rights journalism. He is currently based in London and Cairo – http://www.jackshenker.net.

Hard copies of ‘Cairo Divided’ are available at no cost beyond postage and packaging fees. Full details here

Olivier Laurent writing in the BJP has this to say

Jason Larkin: Cairo Divided


Cairo Divided © Jason Larkin.

Divided is a two-year investigation into Cairo’s social and architectural changes, self-published for the first time in its entirety in newspaper form.

Jason Larkin had been working for two years on Divided when he and journalist Jack Shenker decided to publish it in newspaper format. “We never thought about how it was going to end up,” Larkin tells BJP. “Jack was writing long essays, but when they were published in The Guardian or other titles, they were condensed. We thought it would be nice to publish unabridged essays.”

Divided is the story of how the megacity, Cairo, is turning itself inside out. “The project started when I was living very close to the American University of Cairo,” says Larkin. “I remember when the university announced it would be moving to the outskirts of Cairo, a lot of people were surprised. The university sees a lot of students from abroad thinking they would be studying in Cairo, but instead they’d find themselves in the desert.”

Larkin checked the situation out for himself, visiting the construction sites of these huge, new compounds. “There was a lot going on, but no one was speaking about it in Cairo,” he says. “I started investigating, and found these huge developments.” Quickly he realised that once completed, there would be a massive exodus of people from the city to the outskirts.

But these new cities lacked “all the bits they need to function as normal cities,” he explains. “There are huge compounds, ministries, headquarters, office blocks, but no social housing.” The poorest and working classes wouldn’t be able to move to these new towns, in effect dividing Cairo’s population, he says. “I was alarmed by that. I wondered how Cairo was going to change when people start to move there.”

His images, with Shenker’s essays, have now been released in a 32-page newspaper self-published by Larkin in association with Panos Pictures. “There were many reasons for choosing this format – the first one was because of the elections in Egypt. I really liked the idea of coming out with something free that I’d be able to pass on to universities or people learning the politics or the language of this country. I thought it would be a great way to reach people. Egypt is in a very complicated situation and I think a lot of the time people miss out on the real context of what is going on. They are just hearing the daily news. I thought it would be great if people were able to pick up a copy of Divided and have a better understanding of what is actually going on in Cairo and in Egypt.”  ..….MORE

Cairo Divided © Jason Larkin.

TEDxGranta — David Constantine — The Chair That Changes Lives

My great friend and photographer David Constantine recently recorded a talk for the TED talks people at their conference at Cambridge. Here is a link to one of David’s websites where you can see his exceptional images. http://www.sittingimages.com/

Into the Sun – The Art of Stunning Silhouettes for Photographers

“One of the first things you are told by non-photographers when you buy your first serious camera is “don’t shoot straight into the sun”. Listen to this advice and you will be missing out on some the most emotive and powerful images photography can provide.

So what is a silhouette?

Oddly, the original term comes from French politics and has nothing to do with art or photography but today we take it to mean an image where the main subject is in complete shadow from a strong backlight. That backlight is most often the sun bit it doesn’t have to be, any light source, a flash, a lightbulb, even the moon can be used. Also the light source does not have to be present in the image, it just creates a very bright background, forcing the subject into shadow.”.….MORE   By at Lightstalking

©Keith Barnes©Keith Barnes

The Wedding Crasher

Whilst researching I came across this blog by Michael Yamashita, he writes about wedding photography and the rather remarkable way it is undertaken in some places in China,

“Who hasn’t shot a wedding?  On Geographic assignments, it’s hard to think of a story where I did not shoot one as part of my coverage, sometimes by plan, but mostly by accident — you’re in a small town out in the middle of nowhere and a procession is coming your way from down the street.  What celebration/ceremony says more about a culture than an old-fashioned wedding, the ultimate cultural photo op? Everyone loves a wedding. On these joyous occasions, everyone welcomes a photo, not to mention the photographer taking them. But unique to China is the wedding studio, where the real wedding takes place before the actual wedding ceremony.  Here the couple can have their choice of any of several wedding scenarios, with sets and costumes to match.  A Japanese wedding at a shrine, a western church wedding, a cruise ship wedding, a Shanghai 1920s wedding, or an outdoor wedding – whatever the bride and groom’s preference.  Wedding packages $5000 and up include a video as well as stills.  Here’s a sampling.”...MORE

all photos by Orange Photography Studio, wedding photos and video – Shanghai, China

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Camera Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X

“The 14.3-megapixel Canon PowerShot G1 X is one of the best compact cameras I’ve ever shot with, though calling it a “compact” really is a bit of a stretch. This sucker is big. And heavy. Not to mention, Canon’s latest “flagship” PowerShot is expensive too. For just a little more money than the $800 you’d pay for the G1 X, you could get the Rebel T3i, Canon’s second-tier up digital SLR along with an 18-55mm kit lens.

But, of course, you don’t want the Rebel T3i or its mediocre kit lens since you likely already have a bigger and better DSLR/lens set-up that does all the professional heavy lifting for you. The G1 X, on the other hand, is what I like to call a “project” camera, as in, you might have a particular project you’d like to shoot that calls for a smaller, less expensive, more discreet camera. That “project” could be anything from photographing dishwashers in Indonesia to capturing candids of your kids on holiday in Florida.

The point is that your big DSLR or medium-format camera feels like work. A camera such as the Canon G1 X and the many competing high-end compacts out there are designed for looser assignments, even if those assignments include a personal project you come up with on vacation.

And in that way, the G1 X succeeds, big time. Its image quality is on par with most entry-level digital SLRs, in part because it’s equipped with an image sensor that’s almost the same size as what’s in those cameras.

But it also has a very good zoom lens: a 4x optical (28mm to 112mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and image stabilization. The fact that it sits on the front of the camera like a giant metal doughnut is a bit distracting but only further emphasizes the seriousness of the big sensor inside this camera.”…..MORE from By Dan Havlik on this special camera

30+ Breathtaking Rock Formation Photography

From Tripwire Magazine by Sonny M. Day

Around the world, there are a lot of rock formations which are amazing to look at to say the least. How do these rocks come into being? What have they gone through before they become what they are – beautiful and wonderfully sculpted as if some intelligent being intervened in their making? This feeling of awe and appreciation about these nature’s wonders have lead some tribes living within the vicinity of some of these rock formations to regard them as dwelling places of gods or spirits. Well, who wouldn’t? Even people of today, with modern beliefs and technology cannot help but be filled with awe at the sight of these amazing rock formations. This appeal is what makes them popular subjects of photography.

Here in this post, we are sharing with you some breathtaking rock formations around the world which are famous because of their unique features. These photos are taken by photographers who like many of us, appreciate natural beauty and wonders. If you like this article, please help us spread by clicking our social media buttons. We will also be glad to hear your thoughts about these awesome rock formations. Enjoy!”..….MORE

Balanced Rock, Garden of Gods

Photo used under Creative Commons from outdoorPDK

Babele Romania

Photo used under Creative Commons from Alina1683

Great Ocean Roads

Photo used under Creative Commons from  Harsh1.0

Reed Flute Cave

Photo used under Creative Commons from roychung1993

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