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Category Archives: Exhibitions
The show is a perfect marriage between science and photography. Fox Tolbot was a scientist, photographer and entrepreneur who invented the photographic negative in 1835 which was a huge leap forward in photographic technology. The negative meant that unlimited perfectly duplicated photos could easily be produced. Before Talbot’s negative the first commercially available photographic process, the daguerreotype, produced one-off images on silver plated copper. Talbot’s invention brought photography closer to what we think of it today, a medium where duplication is embedded into its core.
One of my images of Dave Sawyers has been printed on a beer mat along with 9 other photographers work for the Brighton Tap Takeover beer festival. The 10 different beer matts will be on the tables of 10 Brighton pubs over the weekend (9th-10th April), if you visit all the pubs you can collect a full set (maybe stick to half pints, drink responsibly and all that).
My beer mats are on the tables of the Hope and Ruin
Unseen City is a new body of work from documentary photographer Martin Parr which depicts the strange world of the City of London. For two years Parr was given unprecedented access to the City’s institutions and guilds. I must point out that when I refer to the City of London I am not talking about the City of 8 million people but the square mile which contains the financial district. The City of London has its own Lord Mayor of London which is not to be confused with Boris Johnson the Mayor of London.
Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers explorers how Britain is seen by the lenses of foreign photographers. The show has been curated by Martin Parr one of the world’s most prolific documentary photographers and president of the Magnum Photo agency.
The work on show spans almost a century with images from: Henri Cartier-Bresson from the 1930s to Bruce Gilden’s floor to ceiling portraits shot in the last few years. The show is huge using both floors of the Barbican Gallery and includes the work of 23 photographers, so it’s a really diverse.
A Woman’s War tells the story of photographer Lee Miller’s time during the Second World War. The exhibition takes a journey though her war years and then tells the sad tale of her post war struggles with alcohol and post traumatic stress disorder.
Model shot with the backdrop of bomb damage in London 1940.
During the war Lee Miller shot for Vogue. As a woman in the 40s, she was not afforded the same opportunities as her male counterparts. To get to continental Europe she had to stow away on a hospital ship heading to Normandy. The exhibition tells her incredible story though her photos of a bombed out London, the battlefields of Europe, the end of the war and the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp.
Revelations Experiments in Photography is a photographic exhibition focusing on Scientific photography and how Science has influenced photography. The exhibition is split into three sections: Once Invisible, The New Vision and After the Future.
The room ‘Once Invisible’ showcases the work of early pioneering scientific photographers which includes the first photograph of a solar eclipse and the first X Ray images. The more I learn about the history of early photography the more I find myself amazed at what could be achieved in a short time after the first permanent photographic image was captured in 1826. A lot of the images depict subjects that would of never been seen before the invention of photography weather that’s because they focused something really small, used long exposures or visualised the invisible like magnetic fields. Auguste Adolphe Bertsch’s image of a honey bee louse magnified 300 times really caught my eye, it’s a pin sharp picture of insect so small that it lives on a honey bee and it was taken in 1875.
After taking a look around ‘Time, Conflict, Photography’ at the Tate Modern I hopped on a bus (you can also take the boat) and headed down to the Tate Britain to look at their other photo exhibition ‘Salt and Silver’. The Tate Britain is displaying 90 Salted paper prints, salted paper prints are one of the earliest forms of photography. The medium was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 which was a mere 11 years after the first permanent photograph was taken. Due to their fragile nature very few of the original prints still exist today and this is the first exhibition to show just Salted paper prints.