The Brighton Biennial and companion Photo Fringe festival are now in full swing. I’ve not got any stand alone shows in this years festival but I have images in two group shows and I am speaking at a MiniClick event. Combined, the Biennial and Photo Fringe is a massive photography festival and would be well worth a trip to Brighton from London and further afield. If you are from London and this post does not tempt you down I recommend you go to ‘Make Life Worth Living‘ and ‘Open for Business‘ at the Media Space at the London Science Museum.
MiniClick PechaKucha talk on the 27th October
I will be one of ten photographers giving a PechaKucha talk on the subject of none photographic influences. PechaKucha is a presentation format where speakers show 20 slides and each slide is on screen for 20 seconds, the slides advance automatically so the speakers are forced to keep their talks fast paced and as each speaker only gets 6 minutes and 40 seconds so there’s not much chance of getting board. The event will be on Monday the 27th October at 7pm find out about the other speakers on MiniClick’s website here.
MiniClick has set up camp for the fringe at:
68 Middle Street
While I am on the subject of MiniClick they are soon to reprint my ‘I dare the waves a life to save’ publication which centres around Dave Sawyers one of Brighton Swimming club’s more eccentric characters. The last print run sold out pretty quickly, if you want one of the reprints email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact you when they become available. Find out more about my MiniClick publication here.
Tim Andrews Over the Hill Exhibition at Create Studios
Since developing Parkinson’s Tim Andrews has embarked on a mammoth photographic project where he gets different photographers to take his portrait. So far he has had his portrait taken buy over 300 photographers. For the photo fringe he has curated an exhibition of over fifty portraits which are mostly by Brighton based artists including one from me. The exhibition is on till the 17th October at Create Studios.
Create’s full address:
Unit D & E, Level 2 South
New England House
New England Street
More information on the Photo Fringe website.
The Shot I never forgot
I also have an image in ‘The Shot I Never Forgot’ which happens to be a mere 130 meters from Tim Andrews’ exhibition. Up and till now ‘The Shot I Never’ forgot was a purely online entity but with this Photo fringe exhibition it takes it’s first step into the real world. Photographers were asked to submit an image that they have never published or exhibited before, some of the photographers include Stuart Griffiths, Murry Ballard, Mark Power and MiniClick founder Jim Stephenson. Along with the exhibition there is a free news paper with some of the images from the show. It’s on till the 2nd of November
More information on the Photo Fringe website.
My other Photo Fringe recommendations
These are not so much recommendations as I have not had a chance to get round many exhibitions yet, this is more a list of the things that I am definitely going to make the time to see. In an ideal world I would try and see as much as possible in the first weekend of the festivals and then write about my favourites but in reality it never happens. So here is the list of stuff I definitely am going to see, if you think there is something missing please drop a comment below and I will endeavour to check it out.
Miniclick have a shed load of stuff going on:
Discussion: Familiar constructs – Sat 11th Oct
The photo publisher’s market – Sat 18th & Sun 19th Oct
Rob Hornstra talk – Mon 20th Oct
The heart grows fonder – Sat 25th Oct
Everyone’s a curator – Sat 11th Oct
Exhibition: Louis Porter – The anatomy of business
Photographs rendered in play-doh – Sat 18th Oct
The Morning After / The Night Before – Alex Bamford and Fynn Hopson. If you have not been to Fynn Hopson’s new gallery now is the time as during the photo fringe he is hosting an exhibition of Alex Bamford’s moonlighting lighting work along with Fynn’s early morning landscapes. More details on the fringe website.
Barry Pitman – Remembering The Great Kemptown Pram Race. Barry showed me some of his images from the Kemptown Pram Race where participants would race between different Kemptown pubs in prams. I would not be surprised if after seeing these images someone did not tried to resurrect the event. More details on the fringe website.
Co-Optic & Documentary Photography Group. This is something I have actually managed to see as it across the street from the Vault (photo lab). Historic photography with a bit of Martin Parr thrown in for good measure. More details on the Biennial website.
Nadege Meriau and Emma Crichley – Minutes Passing Slowly. Prolific underwater Photographer / Film maker Emma Crichley doing her thing, not sure what it is but I will definitely be checking it out. More details on the fringe website.
Camper Obscura. I assume it’s a Camper van converted into a camera obscurer, that’s got to be good so I will be taking a look. More details on the fringe website.
Heather Shuker – The Windows Of The World. After the fall of communism Russia did not have a lot of retail space so people started trading from little kiosks. Heathers photos document these tiny retail spaces. More details on the fringe website.
Tom Pullen – Because I Cannot See. One of the exhibitions I have seen and well worth a look. Tom took portraits of visually impaired people and then presented them in a way they visually impaired can experience. It’s clever stuff but it’s only on till the 16 of October so go see it now. More details on the fringe website.
Reef – Simon Faithfull. Simon sunk a boat with five cameras attached to it that will capture it’s slow transformation. More on Fabrica’s website.
Circus Street Market -Biennial venue. I’ve already played a visit to this venue. Lots of stuff to see all under one holy roof including: The Photo Copy Club, Curtis James – Makers at Work, some pretty hard hitting photo documentary work from the ghettos of Brazil and some incredible portraiture. More details Biennial website.
Murray Ballard – One Planet City. Murray Ballard won a commission to interpret the theme ‘Land Use and Wildlife’. His work is on show at Foredown Tower in Portslade.
More details on the Biannual website.
Heidi Kuisma – The Trail Of Mielikki. Landscape for photography of south Finland
More details on the photo fringe website.
Mythopoesis at One Eye Jakes – Melissa Campbell, James Dobson, Matt Henry, Alexandra Lethbridge, Blake Lewis and Annalaura Palma. I know nothing about this but One Eye Jacks usually put on a good show that’s why it’s on the list, also it’s not far from the two shows I am involved with.
Phoenix Brighton – Fringe venue. The Phoenix is the main fringe venue there will be lots to see here so well worth a visit. More details on the Fringe site.