Category Archives: Exhibitions

BITUME PHOTOFEST

It was a real treat to be invited to Lecce in southern Italy for Bitume Photofest, where I exhibited ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ and ran a workshop.

The drive from the airport set the scene nicely, olive trees as far as the eye could see, deep blue sky and the hot, sweet scented Mediterranean air…

Arriving in Lecce was impressive; nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to the large amount of Baroque architecture spread across the city, it made for a wonderful and very unique location for a photography festival.

The Middle of Somewhere

exhibited in the charming Corte dei Mesagnesi

 

One very nice aspect of Bitume Photofest was no doubt the great use of outdoor installations, all in extremely impressive historical locations, allowing for the public to engage with the work whilst immersing themselves in the relaxed splendor of Lecce. Where most festivals are over saturated with content, I  really enjoyed the intimacy of Bitume, allowing for meaningful exchanges with some special people and the time to actually absorb and engage with the work on show.

Lost in the Wilderness by Kalpesh Lathigra

Kalpesh’s ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ investigates what remains of the Lakota Sioux Indians at Pine Ridge, an Indian reservation in South Dakota.

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Kalpesh Lathigra with a couple of images from his ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ at Plazzo dei Celestini


Check out the book ‘Lost in the Wilderness’ here

 

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Details from (left) Lost in The Wildreness by Kalpesh Lathigra & ‘For Birds Sake’ by Cemre Yesil & Maria Sturm (right)

For Birds Sake by Cemre Yesil & Maria Sturm

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Cemre Yesil with her exhibition ‘For Birds’ Sake’ (detail) in Piazza Saint Oronzo

Yesil & Sturm‘s ‘For Birds’ Sake’ explores the secretive world of the ‘Birdmen’ of Istanbul. Goldfinches are illegally captured from the wild and kept in small cages, nurtured, worshiped and entered into singing competitions.

Check out the book ‘For Birds’ Sake’ here.

BOOK FAIR:  Bitume Photobook – Manifatture Knos

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Situated in a reclaimed industrial space, Bitume Photobook provided a vibrant exhibition-market with some Italian and international independent publishers and several book presentations.

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Opening of ‘Greetings from Salento’ – Group Show at LO.FT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO.FT gallery hosted the group show ‘Greetings from Salento’, In August 2015, Positivo Diretto invited seven photographers from Italy, Greece and Germany to take part in a residency program. The ten day residency offered an opportunity to see and discover the fourteen municipalities involved.

Humanae by Angelica Dass

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Beatrice from Bitume Photofest poses next to her portrait by Angelica Dass for ‘Humanae’.

I had the pleasure of meeting and being photographed by Angelica Dass (for her Humanae project) last year at Delhi Photo Festival, so it was great to see her work being exhibited at Bitume.  Angelica had a residency in Gibellina, Sicily as part of Urban Layers Residency Program, Spring 2016.

Humanae is an ongoing project that intends to create a catalogue of different skin colours. Adopting the codes of the PANTONE guide, whose range of colours invites viewers to reflect on the ambiguity of the word “identity,” when it is used in the sense of equality.

 

 

 

 

 

AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2016

It’s always nice to go back to Auckland where i was invited to attended the Auckland Festival of Photography in June..

It was an action packed week for me, reviewing portfolios, running a two-day  workshop, as well as presenting a talk about my book The Middle of Somewhere. There was also a diverse range of exhibitions to check out, with openings to attend and lots of friendly people to meet.

Here are just a few highlights:

HOME, curated by Simone Douglas  was a series of exhibitions at the impressive Silo 6 (disused silos, now heritage protected and making a fantastic space for exhibiting photography). HOME featured work by Anna Carey, Arthur Ou, Ian Strange,  Shan Turner-Carroll and Lin & Lam

HOME at Silo 6

HOME at Silo 6

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HOME at Silo 6

HOME at Silo 6

HOME at Silo 6

Outside the Silos on the waterfront was an interesting installation ‘Coming Back Home’ by James Voller. Using McCallum’s blocks that incorporates imagery of New Zealand housing into the site. The work combines photographic with site-specific practices to question where and how New Zealanders’ are living.

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‘Coming back home’ by James Voller

Also outside the Silos was a small display from the Indian Photography Festival  that included night projections. Here, a selection from (a former workshop student of mine) Vinod Babu.

Vinod Babu's photos from the Indian Photography Festival

Vinod Babu’s photos from the Indian Photography Festival

Meanwhile across town at Two Rooms Gallery  we got to see Trent Parke’s – The Camera is God (street portrait series)

Trent Parke's 'The Camera is God'

Trent Parke – ‘The Camera is God’

Trent Parke's 'The Camera is God'

Trent Parke – ‘The Camera is God’

Trent Parke's 'The Camera is God'

Trent Parke – ‘The Camera is God’

At Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery  Janet Lilo had an impressive instillation made from hundreds of ‘snap shot’ size prints. Just one installation of 3 that made her ‘Status Update‘ exhibition. Click here to see more…

Janet Lilo - Status Update

Janet Lilo – Status Update

Janet Lilo - Status Update

The Auckland War Memorial Museum hosted an interesting exhibition of historical portrait photographs of unknown provenance from the collection. looking at the diverse physicality of the medium in its earlier periods.

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Unknown glass plate negative. The black ‘blobs’ look like dirt or mold on the glass plate but it’s actually snow.

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Album for ‘Cartes -de-visite. From the 1860’s small prints formed part of a visitation ritual. A carte-de-visite, or visiting card, was easy to obtain, being printable and inexpensive compared to a cased photograph. A visitor could present thier portrait card which would later be placed into an album. These albums not only documented occasional visitors to a household but also families.

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Cartes-de-visite, or visiting cards. Small albumen silver prints mounted on card, often with a studio name below.

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Unknown Tintypes. The late 1850’s tintypes are almost identical to ambrotypes in technology, with the difference being that they were exposed on a sheet of black lacquered iron, making them cheaper and easier to handle. Though they were sometimes mounted in cases similar to ambrotypes and Daguerrotypes, a cheaper paper mat enclosure was also used. This kind of mount had one of several oval windows into which the tintype could be placed. Tiny versions of four images on a single mount were known as gems.

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‘Gems’ – Tiny tintype prints placed in fours on a single mount.

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Unknown Daguerreotype – from 1840’s & 1850’s werer made on silver-coated copper plates. Iodine fumes rendered them light-sensitive and after exposure to mercury vapours altered the exposed areas. Washing revealed very detailed but fragile images that were then mounted and sealed behind glass for protection. There highly reflective surface has a very limited viewing angle. Deurreotypes were usually presented in a portable Morocco (or Union) case of either wood or leather or of thermoplastic.

For more; check out Auckland Festival of Photography website

SELECTED BY DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY – LA

I’m very proud to announce that ‘Uma, steamy window’ has been selected for YourDaillyPhotograph.com.

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris (from the book The Middle of Somewhere)

Duncan Miller Gallery, curators have chosen my image for inclusion into YourDailyPhotograph.com. They select a very small percentage of photographs submitted, saying “You’re in good company — in the recent past images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Gursky, Richard Misrach, Andre Kertesz, Edward Burtynsky and other photography legends have appeared in Your Daily Photograph”

Uma, steamy window is on sale at a very special price for the next 24 hours (May 9th). You can check it out here.

GUERNSEY PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL – REPORT

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Guernsey Photography Festival 2014 – Photo © Sam Harris

Firstly, let me say what a fantastic experience i had at the Guernsey Photography Festival. The GPF might be a relatively small photo fest but it’s certainly packs a punch. It’s always stimulating for me to meet other photographers, see their work and talk photography. In Guernsey there was no shortage of any of that and the caliber of the work selected was excellent. It was a real honour to be included, something for which i am most grateful.

There were about 15 photographers in attendance from across Europe. I was lucky to be able to join them all from Australia with thanks to a grant that i received from The Department of Culture and the Arts for Western Australia.

Most of the photographers in attendance were hosted in the homes of festival staff and volunteers. A nice touch that allowed us to better connect with the community and experience some wonderful Guernsey hospitality.  Thank you again Joanne and family for hosting myself and Londoner Jason Wilde. We had a great time and truly appreciate you opening your home to us.

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Jean-Christoph Godot opens the GPF 2014

Jean-Christophe Godet opens the GPF 2014

‘Faith, Family and Community’

GPF is a themed festival and the 2014 edition was Faith, Family & Community. Festival director Jean-Christophe Godet opened the GPF at the splendid St James Concert Hall. Legendary Magnum photographer Abbas  was the guest of honour and presented work spanning his career. Liz Hingley gave a fascinating presentation on her series ‘Under Gods’ and John Angerson was in conversation with J-C Godet. whilst showing his excellent body of work on the Jesus Army, ‘Love, Power, Sacrifice’.  There were also screenings of four slideshows (including my series ‘The Middle of Somewhere’) all with live piano, especially composed and performed by Angus McRae, with thanks to a collaboration with Victor Hugo Music Festival. Having Angus interpret my work was a great bonus and hearing his piano score played live with my images up on the big screen was a wonderful. You can watch it below (shot on my iPhone:) and please turn up the volume!!

Below are a few highlights from the many fantastic works exhibited at GPF 2014. It was so hard to select just a few… Everyone’s work was so inspiring, i enjoyed so much of it!

Please note, all copyright © belong with the respective photographer as credited. All names and titles are hyper-linked to take you to the photographer’s website.

David Moore – Picture From The Real World (1987-88)

David Moore’s  ‘Pictures from the Real World‘ was the fore runner of much activity that followed in British photographic history. It’s first showing was in 1988 in a special edition of Creative Camera selected by Martin Parr. I really loved seeing this work, raw and yet sensitive… Recently published as a book of the same title by Dewi Lewis. It sold out quickly and prices are on the up, so if you find a copy, grab it fast!

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Pictures from the Real World (1987-88) © David Moore

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Pictures from the Real World (1987-88) © David Moore

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Pictures from the Real World (1987-88) © David Moore

Elinor Carucci – Mother

New York based Israeli Elinor Carucci photographs her twin daughters for her series Mother. I found it fascinating to see the work of other photographers who also photograph their children.

an image from ©Elinor Carucci's series Mother waits to be hung...

an image from ©Elinor Carucci’s series Mother waits to be unwrapped and hung…

©Elinor Carucci's series Mother

©Elinor Carucci’s series Mother

 

John Angerson – Love, Power, Sacrifice

 

Photographed over 20 years, English photographer John Angerson’s portrait of The Jesus Army (a religious sect founded in Northampton, UK in 1969) is a profoundly sympathetic authorial style which does not judge, or even simply chronicle, but seems to penetrate the very skin of the religious sect… You can but John’s book ‘Love, Power, Sacrifice, published by Dewi Lewis here.

 

© John Angerson

© John Angerson

© John Angerson

© John Angerson

© John Angerson

© John Angerson

Liz Hingley – Under Gods: Stories from the Soho Road

UK photographer Liz Hingley presented her series Under Gods, an intimate look at the multifaceted colourful world of urban faith along the Soho Road in Birmingham, England. An area rich with cultural diversities and religious practices. Liz’s beautiful book ‘Under Gods’ is published by Dewi Lewis and well worth purchasing.

© Liz Hingley - Cannon Street Baptist's Baptism

© Liz Hingley – Cannon Street Baptist’s Baptism

© Liz Hingley - Temple maintenance by Thai monks

© Liz Hingley – Temple maintenance by Thai monks

© Liz Hingley - Polish Catholic carol singers

© Liz Hingley – Polish Catholic carol singers

Abbas – Faces of Christianity

Legendary Magnum photographer Abbas exhibited work from his extensive archive in a series titled Faces of Christianity

from the ©Abbas exhibition Faces of Christianity

from the ©Abbas exhibition Faces of Christianity

from the ©Abbas exhibition Faces of Christianity

from the ©Abbas exhibition Faces of Christianity

Arno Brignon – Josephine

Arno Brignon is a French photographer who has been photographing is daughter Josephine for several years now. I really enjoyed his work. Especially interesting for me as Arno is also a father photographing his daughter…

© Arno Brignon - from his series Josephine

© Arno Brignon – from his series Josephine

© Arno Brignon - from his series Josephine

© Arno Brignon – from his series Josephine

© Arno Brignon - from his series Josephine

© Arno Brignon – from his series Josephine

Jason Wilde – Silly Arse Broke It

Jason Wilde is a London photographer with a great sense of humor and irony. His talk at the Performing Arts Center was one of the most entertaining, at times hilarious talks i’ve seen.Jason lives on the ‘Clarence Way Estate’ in Camden, London, where he has witnessed over the years the rapid diversification of the cultural mix of his community. In an attempt to record this transformation Jason started collecting hand written notes that he found discarded on the estate.  Silly Arse Broke It is a collection of those found notes and messages placed against wallpaper backgrounds. So very revealing about much of the day-to-day life in his hood.

Jason Wilde next to his display panel in Market Square and during his excellent talk.

Jason Wilde next to his display panel in Market Square and during his excellent talk.

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Inaki Domingo – Ser Sangre

Spanish photographer Inaki Domingo had a very interesting exhibition Ser Sangre. A collaboration with his family whilst on holiday, over a period of weeks. He reexamined the concept of the family album. Inaki has a book Ser Sangre soon to be published. I was fortunate to see a preview of the final dummy. Defiantly one for the list!

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Inaki Domingo hanging his exhibition ‘San Sangre’

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© Inaki Domingo from the series Ser Sangre

© Inaki Domingo

© Inaki Domingo  from the series Ser Sangre

Gemma Padley from The British Journal of Photography in conversation with (Left to Right_ Alfonso Amendros, Andrei Nacu and Inaki Domingo

Gemma Padley from The British Journal of Photography in conversation with Inaki Domingo, Alfonso Amendros and Andrei Nacu

Gemma Padley from The British Journal of Photography in conversation with (Left to Right_ Alfonso Amendros, Andrei Nacu and Inaki Domingo at the Performing Arts Center.

 

Scarlett Coten – Mectoub

Frenchwoman Scarlett Coten’s powerful yet sensitive and thought provoking Mectoub looks at Arab men, in a post Arab Spring environment and questions the notion of identity in societies in which the question of individual freedom, genre and sexuality are the origin of massive political, economic and social change.

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© Scarlett Coten

Scarlett Coton.com

© Scarlett Coten

Scarlett Coton

© Scarlett Coten

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