Keliy Anderson Staley- Off The Grid

‘Photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley grew up in a log cabin in Maine as part of a community who live ‘off the grid’. This means no electricity, no plumbing, and no phone lines; a community that’s chosen to disconnect entirely from America’s energy resources in an attempt to escape certain aspects of the modern world that they otherwise find suffocating.’

I first came across Keliy’s work whilst reading platform magazine, her photography makes me think of the photographic lovechild which could be spawned from combining the work of Clare Richardson’s muted and pictorially rich documentation of marginal communities and Tom Hunters colourful engagement of the people photographed within his ‘Travellers’ series.

I believe it is Keliys invaluable insight and understanding of these communities which allows us to focus upon the details of the material worlds built around the generations of families which reside within this makeshift village. A gentle and un-judging engagement with a lifestyle residing outside of contemporary society.

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See more at andersonstaley.com

Music blogged to- Pedro the Lion ‘Control’ (2002)

Photoworks commissions, exhibits and publishes work from emerging and established photographic practitioners.

This is the latest issue of the Photoworks magazine Autumn/Winter (Ocotber-April 2012/2013) titled ‘Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space’. Also acting as the catalogue for the Brighton Photo Biennial.

With this being Photowork’s biggest ever issue it is ultimately a bit disappointing, still filled with interviews, reviews and newly commissioned writing expanding on the Brighton Photo Biennial’s theme. This edition examines how space is constructed and controlled and how photography is implicated in these processes. As a review the theme is boring and also seems like cop out by combining the BPB festival catalogue and an additional 6 months worth of publishing dates into one magazine.

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Pick up a copy here.  Each issue is around  £12, the magazine used to be more regular, perhaps bi-monthly but now it only comes out twice a year for some reason. If you are interested in photography then Photoworks is a magazine worth a read but perhaps invest your money in some back issues rather than this latest edition.

Music blogged to- ‘Grizzly Bear, Shields’ 2012

Anna Fox has been working in photography and video for over twenty years, influenced by the British documentary tradition and nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography prize in 2010. Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University of creative arts Farnham.

Anna Fox’s Desert Island Photography Picks-

On Sunday I attended the first in a series of talks curated by Photoworks ‘Desert Island Pics’. Photographer Anna Fox was in conversation with Stephen Bull discussing the 8 photographs she would take if castaway to a desert island. Throughout the talk it was clear how much passion for the medium Anna possesses and how photography is not just a job but part of her life.

I’ve picked a few of my favourite images shown by Anna from the talk, three photos are from Anna’s private collection and three photos are work by other photographic practitioners.

1. Fathers photograph of car

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An image that reflects her inherited love for adventure but also an image which suggests the start of a journey, the image where it all began. During the discussion of this photograph Anna spoke about her Father as a keen photographer and how she found photography through her Father’s passion for the medium.

2. Felix flying with the magic cape

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A photograph of her son wearing a magic cape that was made for him, this photograph convinced Felix as a child, that he could actually fly. Highlighting the magic and illusion of photography.

3. Found Photograph, The Painted Cow

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This was a photograph brought for Anna by her husband from a car boot sale, a found photograph which turned out to be postcard. Anna spoke about how this image acted as a conversation opener to many discussions as to why the cow is painted.

4. Sophie Ristelhueber from the series ‘Everyone’

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5. Paul Grahams ‘Untitled’ from the Belfast series

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6. Nan Goldin’s self portrait titled ‘Nan One Month After Being Battered’

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A very close, informal discussion where Anna Fox discussed her photographic selections and how these photographs have helped shape and develop her career. See more of Anna Fox’s own work here.

Music blogged to- ‘Grizzly Bear, Shields’ (2012)

The Photo Biennial is a series of free exhibitions, new commissions, artists talks, screenings, workshops and master classes which bring emerging talent and international photographers to Brighton. View the Brighton Photo Biennial website here.

Following up from my last blog post ‘Events- Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 (Agents of Change) which you can view here, I wanted to include a few recommendations of what’s on over the festival.

1. Julian Germain- The Beautiful Horizon

Exhibition ‘No Olha da Rua’  6th October- 25th November, free entry

Fabrica Gallery in Brighton

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A collaborative project which shows selected works taken by young Brazilians living on the the streets of Belo Horizonte. Taken using borrowed camera equipment, the young participants document their lives and work with the artist (Julian Germain) to edit, publish and distribute the results.

2. Preston is my Paris- Four Versions of Three Routes

Free entry, 6th October- 4th November 2012, running for the duration of the Biennial

Exhibition- Located around the city and Bartholomew Square

Preston is my Paris was originally set up in 2009 by Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson as a zine which was distributed for free to encourage the exploration of Preston as the subject for creative practice. Since then the project has developed into an independent publishing house and on the back of this Preston is my Paris has created Four Versions of Three Routes for BPB12.

You can view the Preston is my Paris blogspot here.

An original body of work produced for the Brighton Photo Biennial, directed by Adam Murray with photographers Jamie Hawksworth, Robert Parkinson, Theo Simpson and graphic designer Ben Mclaughlin. Photographs have been taken and displayed along the debated constituency borders of Brighton’s (and surrounding areas) coastlines as a means to question how electoral districts are decided and how the change might affect residents.

You can follow the routes and by doing so you will discover over 40 site specific street posters and site specific installations, download the map here.

3. Jinkyun Ahn- On the Surface of Images

Free entry, 6th October- 18th November 2012

Exhibition at Phoenix Brighton.

“The empty plot that my parents prepared for their after-life is an image of death that will be fixed eternally in the landscape, as well as, in my mind.”

‘On the surface of images’ is Jinkyun Ahn’s first major solo exhibition. Jinkyun Ahn’s work explores the relationship between his parents, and in turn his family’s relationship with death and the afterlife. Jinkyun Ahn uses photography to reflect, repeat and dismember his parents. The images Ahn presents often verge on the surreal. Ahn uses mirrors and fragmentation to ask the viewer to confront the mortality of his parents and in turn question their own.

4. The Photocopy Club- Photocopy Club #5

Free entry, 6th October- 18th November

Exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery Brighton.

The photocopy club started in November 2011 and is the brainchild of photographer Matt Martin, a really exciting monthly exhibition that goes against the norm of your standard photography show. Rather than expensive, immaculate prints, carefully framed and presented within clinical, high ceiling gallery spaces the photocopy club asks for an open submission with the only requirement being you use a photocopier/ xerox machine to print your work.

Since setting up the photocopy club the response has been incredible and the Photo Fringe are presenting the 5th exhibition at the Phoenix galley in Brighton. 100 photographs displayed on chipboard, all photocopies of course.

5. Desert Island Pics

Anna Fox (07/10/12)

Sean O’Hagan (04/11/12)

£4 Standard/ £2 Concession, 2.30pm-3.30pm

The Marlborough Theatre 

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A new series of talks produced by Photoworks, loosely based on the Radio 4 programme ‘Desert Island Discs’ guests are invited to select eight photographs they wish to have with them on a desert island, images are discussed and choices are examined, giving a really unique insight into the artists life and career.

6. Miniclick Photo Talks at the Photo Fringe

Free entry

6th October- 18th November

Various locations across Brighton, click here to check out the line up of photography events/ talks.

Miniclick photography talks is a series of free monthly film and photography based events throughout Brighton. Miniclick has been running for two years and to celebrate being about for two years they have put together a series of talks, discussions and workshops for the Brighton Photo Fringe.

For this year’s Fringe, the Miniclick Photo Talks are featuring: Laura Pannack, Simon Roberts, Gordon MacDonald, Clare Strand, Luca Sage, Aaron Schuman to name a few.

Unfortunately there is no booking service but Miniclick do advise turning up early, most of their talks are situated in local bars, so get there early, grab a drink and enjoy.

Music blogged to: Tom Vek ‘Lesiure Seizure’ (2011)

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What is the Brighton Photo Biennial?

The Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB) as the name suggests, happens every other year and is a celebration of the photographic arts. The Photo Biennial is a series of free exhibitions, new commissions, artists talks, screenings, workshops and master classes which bring emerging talent and international photographers to Brighton.

About Brighton Photo/ Photo Fringe:

A quick overview of the Brighton Photo Biennial:

‘From 6 October – 4 November 2012 Brighton will be populated by free exhibitions, new commissions, events and interventions, at a host of established and more unusual venues across the city’s urban landscape. The fifth edition of the acclaimed Brighton Photo Biennial, brings international and emerging photographers and artists to the city.’

This years Brighton Photo/Photo Fringe Theme:

The theme this year is ‘Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space’. Last time around (2010) the Biennial was curated by Martin Parr and it’s only to fair to say he worked his magic. The fesitval was titled ‘New Documents’ with exhibitors Rinko Kawauchi, Stephen Gill and Alec Soth. A good article about last years festival can be read here. The article is funnily enough written by Sean O’Hagan who will be taking part in one of the Brighton Photo Biennial talks this year (Desert Island Pics) where the Guardian’s photography writer will be discussing a selection of images he would take with him if stranded on a desert island.

However as always this theme offers a nice grounding to discuss and explore the festival within a critical space, looking at the relationships between the political occupation of sites and the production and dissemination of images.

What’s Happening?

This year there is a range of established names, public work, recent finds and older photographic processes available to see throughout the festival. A multitude of events, talks, exhibitions, workshops and everything around and in between the theme and the photographic arts will be happening. This will be spread throughout the city in public spaces, galleries and coffee shops.

I recommend if you’ve never been before, downloading a brochure from the Brighton Photo Biennial’s site, its free and will give you an idea of what’s on and where. This brochure can be downloaded here.

Brighton Photo Biennial Curators and Photoworks:

This year BPB12 is curated by Celia Davies (Photoworks Head of programme) and Ben Burbridge (Programme Curator & lectures in History and Theory of Photography/ Post was American and European Art at the University of Sussex). The festival is also produced and curated by Photoworks.

Music blogged to: ‘Chromatics – Kill For Love’ 2012

 

I first came across the work of Larry Sultan a couple of years ago whilst doing some research on family portraits and family photography. I studied his series ‘Pictures from Home’ a body of work which looks at his parents life in suburbia, taken after his Father was forced into an early retirement. I had a brief knowledge on the background of Sultan’s photography but never gave any of his other series much thought.

Take a look at this interview by Roswell Angier who discusses ‘Pictures from Home’ with Larry Sultan.

A way of understanding Sultan as a practitioner is through his approach to intimate and private moments. His subjects always appear at ease, Sultan is one of those great photographers who is able to photograph in a non-intrusive way, where his subjects accept his presence rather than fight against it. ‘The Valley’ shot in the infamous San Fernando Valley during the late 90’s/ early 00’s is Sultan’s earlier work where Sultan photographs a series of behind the scenes shots from porn shoots, a little different to his family portraits.


‘The Valley’-

Sultan takes stylised shots of the porn business, he observes as a voyeur taking an authoritive role, narrating the sets and the heart of the porn industry. There are some great articles out there about Sultan, unfortunately he hasn’t got his own website but I’ve picked a couple of paragraphs from an article I found on American Suburb X which discusses this body of work.

Sex and work aren’t words you’d use in the same sentence unless you were talking about bad sex or an affair at the office, but they are words that best describe Larry Sultan’s recent photographs of porn shoots in and around the San Fernando Valley. Title The Valley, Sultan’s ongoing series conveys an unexpectedly workaday aspect of eroticism. Most of the 25 photos were taken on the sets of Thomas Paine Production, whose roster of stage names – Savage, Swift, Everhard – reads like a synopsis of the Kama Sutra, and whose product is a mythical world where every nightstand has a sex toy and every woman and man is willing. Great sex may be described by those who have it as pure bliss, but apparently, for those who’ve made a career out of having, or simulating it, the process is more laborious than blissful….

…..Sultan stands back from the action in several prints, employing an authorial distance. From this vantage point sex becomes inexplicit, little more than a blurry commotion in the background. At times it’s hard to tell the gender, or number, of people having sex, not to mention what specifically they’re doing to each other. The photographer has kept himself at arm’s length not out of coyness or detachment but as a way of establishing that sex is only one aspect of the world he’s documenting. It’s a world that doesn’t require our presence except as consumers; we’ve entered a tacit (and voyeuristic) agreement to look at these people but not interact, to gaze across a divide that both protects and segregates the observer and the observed. Distance tinges Sultan’s art with melancholy.

You can buy Larry Sultan ‘The Valley’ as a hardcover book here.

If you like Larry Sultan ‘The Valley’ you should check out:

Work similar to this series, Barbara Nitke, if you like Larry Sultan it’s pretty much the same, just a racier version.

Music blogged to: Smoke Fairies ‘Blood Speaks’ 2012

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The Product (Instant Iphone Lab):

Gadget lust, a great new gadget from the impossible project team. I couldn’t help getting excited about this great new product. The impossible team have managed to bring back Polaroid production and they have now managed to bridge the gap between digital and analog photography with the ‘instant lab’ meaning that an Iphone can now produce Polaroid images (and no this isn’t some crazy Instagram filter, an actual material object, a real Polaroid).

The Instant Lab, from Vision to Reality:

I received this update through the impossible project e-shot that arrived in my inbox a few days ago. Polaroid has always had a special place in my heart and I use my Iphone camera daily, so by combing the ability to turn my Iphoneography into real life instant photos makes my long lusted dream a reality.

However the dream doesn’t come for free and ultimately with prices starting at just under £100 I was a little disappointed but in all fairness once this Instant lab hits the manufacture belts I won’t be able to resist. Hallelujah for Polaroid and Hallelujah for Impossible film, making the impossible a reality.

Visit  kickstarter.co.uk to view a video which explains this project and production in more detail.

If £100 is out of your budget but you would still like your Iphone pictures or Instagram photographs as material objects than a cheaper option would be to use Printsagram. Printsagram is a new app that has developed through the success of Instagram, it’s a reasonably priced printing service which takes your Instagram photography and turns your digital files into printed objects, prices start from as little as £8 for 48 square prints. Visit the Printsagram website here.

Music blogged to:  ‘Caribou- Swim’ 2010