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Interview – Bird in Flight Magazine – Russia

Interview with Olga Bubich for the Russian photography & visual culture magazine ‘Bird in Flight’. We discussed parenthood, photography and my photobook The Middle of Somewhere.

YOU CAN READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

NOTE: At the time of writing (Oct 30th 2018) it’s not yet translated to english, but google translate does a reasonably good job…

BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY – BOOK REVIEW

Raj Lalwani reviews The Middle of Somewhere for Better Photography Magazine, India.

“This is a photobook that consistently leaves you surprised. Considering that the subject matter itself is rather limited in its range, this is an astounding feat.”

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WALLPAPER features THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE

I was delighted, most honoured and grateful to have Wallpaper Magazine recently review my new book The Middle of Somewhere. Wallpaper is known as the global authority on design, so it was quite a special occasion to have them review the book!

Visit Wallpaper & read the full article

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The Middle of Somewhere is a numbered edition of 600.

Get a copy here.

INSTAGRAM LOOKS BACK ON 2014… MY PHOTO SELECTED!

I’m most honoured and grateful to have this image selected by Instagram as one of eight photos as they look back on 2014…

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Truly a global community… I’m quite amazed that Instagram selected this photograph as part of their looking back at 2014 feature. It’s wonderful to know that i can take photos from my daily life here in Balingup, a remote part of Australia, a remote part of the world… and yet photo editors in New York and San Francisco see them and pay attention. Thank you Instagram!

If you’d like to see more of my on-going photo diary, you can follow me @samharrisphoto

Thanks and hope to see you there!!

DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles’ Duncan Miller Gallery has featured one of my images on their innovative Your Daily Photograph, print collection sale. ‘Uma, bubble gum’ was selected by curator and photography commentator Alison Sieven-Taylor. Alison’s weekly blog Photojournalism Now has a wide international readership and her writing appears in  a variety of leading photography magazines.

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BURN DIARY

Last week i was invited to shoot for Burn Diary over on Instagram. Burn Diary is the Instagram feed featured by Burn Magazine.  One photographer takes over for 7 days from anywhere in the world and is given total freedom to shoot whatever they want. I had a lot of fun shooting from home. I also felt the pressure!. I shoot all the time, so there is no issue with that, but the fast editing and decision-making is quite different to my regular work flow. I can always edit other people’s work quite easily but with my own work it’s not so simple… These days i tend to shoot for months without ever reviewing (or even thinking about) what i’ve got. Then when i feel the time is right, i’ll spend a few weeks going over all my material. I enjoy the distance this creates between myself and my work, it helps me to be more objective and less attached. Of course this is not the case shooting and posting on Instagram which is quite spontaneous and fast, but i would not normally post more than 3 images in a week. Burn Diary’s only requirement is that you post a minimum of two images every 24 hours. So it kept me pretty busy…

Below are my favorite images from my week in the hot seat.

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Photo © Sam Harris

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Photo © Sam Harris

Photo © Sam Harris

Photo © Sam Harris

Photo © Sam Harris

Photo © Sam Harris

 

 

 

BURN MAGAZINE

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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.

FEATURED ON INSTAGRAM

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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

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Katie – Balingup © Sam Harris 2014

 

RESIDENCY @ THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY, LONDON

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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.

TPG IG takeoevr site home 1 copy - Version 3Below 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

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PUBLISHED IN CHINA

Photoworld - China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld – China. Feb issue 2013

Celebrated Chinese art-photo magazine Photoworld has run a 13 page feature on Postcards from Home in their February edition. This is one of 12 monthly features on the works of contemporary Australian photomedia artists, curated and written by Alasdair Foster.

below are a few pages from the article, including some new images from the forthcoming series ‘the middle of somewhere’

Photoworld - China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld – China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld - China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld – China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld - China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld – China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld - China. Feb issue 2013

Photoworld – China. Feb issue 2013

Recent features in Australia…

Recently i’ve been featured in two noteworthy Australian publications. Capture Magazine and Alasdair Foster’s Cultural Development Consulting website.

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Alasdair Foster is an international curator and consultant. He has 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia such as the Australian Center for Photography (1998 – 2011). On Alasdair’s website Cultural Development Consulting he features a different artist every month. I was very humbled by his appraisal of my work.

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Here’s a few lines from Alasdair’s feature.

“We stand on the cusp of change. The metropolitan, cosmopolitan marketplace of authorised, commoditised art is beginning to seem like yesterday and, sensing a new, subtler and more highly individuated language of creative communication ahead, we look towards an uncertain tomorrow. Sam Harris may well be there to greet us when we arrive.”

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To read the full feature please click here.

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INTERVIEW IN CAPTURE

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Editor of Capture, Marc Gafen did an in-depth interview with me and used it for the basis of his piece. He’s covered how i first got into photography and made my first home darkroom, through my career in London and why i had to leave it all behind to follow a different path, the evolution of my recent work in Australia, Postcards from Home… and how i’ve managed to create a niche for myself whilst living remotely…

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TO READ THIS FEATURE AT FULL SIZE PLEASE DOUBLE CLICK ON THE IMAGES

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Publications in India…

PIX & BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Recently i’ve been fortunate to have a variety of work published and exhibited in India…

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PIX Quarterly

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PIX is a photographic quarterly based in Delhi. Each issue is based on a theme with poetry to accompany the photography (as well as photographers text).  This issue’s theme is Freedom. I really enjoyed the design and layout, content and feel of this magazine/catalogue, nice paper… texture and weight… something i miss with digital… also of course some very nice photography…   I think it’s well worth downloading yourself a free copy of the PDF version from this link: http://www.pixquarterly.in/PIX%20Freedom_ALL%20mail.pdf

To accompany the magazine there was an exhibition and magazine launch at the Goethe Institute in  Delhi.

I was asked to contribute some of my early diary work (2003-04) from my family travels in India and Australia. Photographically this was a period of transition for me, a time when i began turning my camera inwards and challenging myself to move away from the habits and formulas i’d developed over the years…

Early diary work (2003-04) from ‘The Routineless Routine’ © Sam Harris – PIX Quarterly, May 2012

Early diary work (2003-04) from ‘The Routineless Routine’ © Sam Harris – PIX Quarterly, May 2012

Early diary work (2003-04) from ‘The Routineless Routine’ © Sam Harris – PIX Quarterly, May 2012

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The Routineless Routine Exhibited at The Goethe Institute

PIX freedom exhibition at the Goethe Institute, Delhi – May 2012

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BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE

VISUAL MUSINGS

I also had the opportunity to write about these experiences further  when i was asked by Better Photography Magazine (India) to write an article about my experiences in India. If you’d like to read it please click on the image.

from Better Photography (India) May 2012 edition.

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BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE

15th Anniversary Issue

 

To read the article below just click on the image to open and enlarge.

Beth Orton & Jarvis Cocker circa 1990’s – © Sam Harris. Better Photography (India) June 2012

Beth Gibbons of Portishead & Cornelius  circa 1990’s – © Sam Harris. Better Photography (India) June 2012