EXPERIENCE SOUTH INDIA 2015
I am happy to announce that I’ll be running a 10 day workshop in India, January 2015. We’ll be photographing at some classic locations across the south as well as some personal favorite spots, well off the beaten track…
This will be my most adventurous workshop to date. So if you’ve been dreaming of visiting India this could be your chance to make it happen! India is a photographer’s paradise… a place I have many years experience with. I lived there with my family and we birthed our daughter Yali in a small village. India is my home away form home…
I’ll be sharing my passion and experience with the group and this will be a fantastic chance to get one-on one mentoring in the field. We’ve also worked hard to make this the most affordable India workshop out there!!
For more details, itinerary and accommodation details please visit this link: samharrisworkshops.com
Photo © Sam Harris
LOS ANGELES – EXHIBITION
I’m very happy to be exhibiting 10 images at this year’s Instagram Jam, which is part of MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) organised by The Lucie Foundation.
50% of print sales go to SNAPSHOP, Lucie Foundation’s photography workshop program for kids in under served areas of Los Angeles.
The exhibition kicks off at 7pm Wednesday 16th April at Contact Photo Lab’s gallery. LA 90031
Below: one of my Instagram images from the exhibition
Yali, bucket bath – Photo © Sam Harris
A couple of weeks ago i had the honor of having my latest essay The Middle of Somewhere published on Burn Magazine. It’s always a special occasion for me when i can finally share a new series. Spanning 2011-2013 it’s been a slow process… from the day-to-day shooting (i’m almost always shooting) to the various edits (usually starts by thinking about a book layout, pairs, sequences etc.) then refining the book edit (some 80-90 images) down to a tighter magazine essay.
Like so many things, it is worth the wait. I like to have some distance between myself and my images, to detach myself emotionally to get the edit right. I usually rely on some outside help too. Yael my wife is always involved with editing. Last May whilst i was over in Sydney i had to good fortune to spend a couple of days going over a huge pile of prints with the talented photo editor Isabelle Rouvillois. Isabelle offer a much-needed ruthless outsiders eye.
David Alan Harvey, Magnum photographer and Curator at Burn also provided a further edit, tightening my 29 images down to 22 and re-arranging parts of the sequence. The result is a flow of images i am very happy with.
This work continues my personal diary of home life where Postcards from Home left off. The Middle of Somewhere is the next chapter… you can check it our over on Burn Magazine here.
Yali – Mumbai Taxi © Sam Harris 2014
Crazy… recently my following on Instagram jumped from 350 to 20,000 within 2 weeks!
At first i wondered what was going on. Then i recieved an email from Instagram:
“Congratulations, samharrisphoto! You are currently featured on Instagram’s list of Suggested Users. Our Suggested Users List is a dynamic list that highlights some of the top photographers on Instagram… …Being on the Suggested Users List means that we love your account and see you as a model Instagrammer.”
Living in the back of beyond, as i do, Instagram gives me and indeed us all a global connection for sharing our photography. You can check out my Instagram feed @samharrisphoto here
Katie – Balingup © Sam Harris 2014
Recently i was invited to join in a global project around the exhibition Home Truths, curated by Susan Bright and on show at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, The Foundling Museum, London and The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
I was asked to do a virtual residency and takeover the The Photographers’ Gallery Instagram feed for 7 days, sharing my domestic diary and bringing a father’s perspective to this wonderful project.
Below are a few images from my residency. You can see the rest of my Instagrams as well as the other photographers shooting for the Home Truths Instagram Takeover at The Photographers’ Gallery Instagram feed here
Photo © Sam Harris
Photo © Sam Harris
Photos © Sam Harris
Photo © Sam Harris
In May 2013 i was in Sydney to give a talk at The Museum of Sydney. The Future of Photobooks was a panel discussion and part of the Head On Photo Festival.
It was an honour to sit along side Dan Rule, director of Perimeter Editions, Paulina DeLaveaux, publishing manager of Thames & Hudson, Kim Hungerford from the wonderful Sydney book store Kinokuniya and Libby Jeffery from Momento Pro.
Whilst walking the streets of Sydney i photographed quite a bit with my iPhone. I’m getting more and more addicted to shooting with it. I find it comfortable and fun to work with, unobtrusive, silent and always at hand… One evening i got caught out in the rain. Without an umbrella i found a doorway to shelter in and began shooting the passers by in the rain, enjoying the light flair, reflections, splashes and general chaos the sudden heavy rain caused.
© Sam Harris – my Instagram from Sydney on the cover of Better Cellphone Photography
Fast forward a month… i received an email from Better Photography magazine in India. They were putting together a special issue on Cellphone photography, had seen my images on Instagram and wanted to use a couple.
So when you post to Instagram it doesn’t have to be the end of the story… It’s surprising where it can take you… I think it’s a fun and fresh way to share images that otherwise might just sit in a hard drive… you never know who’s watching and where it can lead to…
left a beautiful Instagram by David Alan Harvey, right my Instagram uncropped, above photo by Priyanka Chharia
another of my Instagrams from Sydney used for the editorial page – © Sam Harris