Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday 24th May: Photo London at Somerset House cont........

My final set of snaps from Photo London, international photography fair at Somerset House......... I visited 4 days in a row to get round it all!  Here are some more of my favourites and the free Rankin photobooth "Rankomat" which used a certain arrangement of bright flashes to give you that Rankin flawless finish.
(Top to bottom:  "Havana 1994" by Alex Webb in the Leica gallery, Omar Victor Diop, "Sans titre, 1952-55" by Seydou Keita, Hamidou Maiga, ? , Yves Saint-Laurent 1964 by Marc Riboud, Paloma Picasso Paris 1978 by Helmut Newton, "Robert Mapplethorpe adorning his jewelry" 1971 by Gerard Malanga, Thierry Mugler 1997 by Sarah Moon,

Monday, 23 May 2016

Monday 23rd May: Walter & Zoniel's "The Untouched" at Photo London

Walter and Zoniel have just set up studio to make their largest tintypes to date ....... and possibly the world.  They hand-built developing-trays large enough to process life-size portraits for the biggest pin-hole camera they've ever pieced together.  After years of searching for the perfect lens, they got their hands on one with exposure times reaching 30 seconds.  With this technology they have devised a project in collaboration with the V&A Museum to capture some of the most photographed personalities of our time.  The outcome will be these metal sheet portraits that will last a thousand years, when every other image will have disappeared.  Paul Smith and Laura Marling are the first subjects of the series and visited Somerset House to sit (stand) for the portraits.  This first soft-launch for "The Untouched" was set up in the "Deadhouse" vaults before moving to the V&A later in the Summer for the public to witness the rest of the process.  The equipment will be transported and set up as a site-specific installation in the galleries ......... including the essential tool of a gym ball, which helps them handle and tilt the giant plate at 45 degrees to coat each corner in the light-sensitive solution.  Here you can also see a test of Zoniel when they were first experimenting with how to position the plate so that the focus fell on exactly the right height for the image to be a true representation of their height.  As usual they are making art, magic and science happen all at the same time.

Follow their Instagram to see what unfolds who else will pose bare-foot ......... and see their other concurrent works including this portrait of Ellen Von Unwerth also on show at Photo London c/o their gallery Gazelli Art House

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday 20th May: Photo London at Somerset House

The whole of Somerset House has been hung with photography this weekend for the 2nd year of the Photo London fair.  International museums, galleries and auctioneers are exhibiting both historical and contemporary works spanning all mediums and techniques of the artform.  I need to return to get round the entire showcase as I only managed to see about half in one day!  Here are some of my favourites including (top to bottom) George Osodi at Z Photographic, Andrew Esiebo at Tiwani Contemporary, Pieter Hugo , ? , Cecil Beaton, Thomas Hoepker, Arlene Gottfried, ? , The Magic Lantern Show and the first night of the "Deadhouse Sessions" parties taking place in the vaults every night which launched yesterday with a YOYO X Anon takeover, showing prints by Matt Stuart.  

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thursday 19th May: "Rumble in The Jumble" for The Music Circle / Oxfam

It was the 5th edition of The Music Circle's fundraising jumble sale for Oxfam's international womens rights projects.  Every year exceeds all expectations, building on the previous year's success and this one was no exception, topping any totals to thirty three thousand pounds.   The Circle's founder Annie Lennox donated an entire stall of her own clothes as did many other celebrities whose garments were dotted around the rest of the Oval Space like a treasure hunt.  I had my annual "Spectrum" stall with my own multicolour garments and a myriad of goodies kindly given to me by the following generous souls:  SKIN (Skunk Anansie), Kim Howells & Chantal des Vignes at HUNGER Mag, Kitty Joseph, Bernstock Speirs, Kate Moross, Quentin Jones, House Of Hackney, Stance Socks, Quay Sunglasses........ some anonymous stars......... and Lizzie King who made us tropical decorations for the after-party.
Massive thanks to everyone as I couldn't have done it without these answers to my pleas and prayers for spare samples and second hand clothes.   Every penny counted and they all added up to this truly immense sum!  Congratulations to the organisers Kate Hutchinson, Emily Cooper, Laura Martin and Gemma Cairney who spend their year devoted to this cause.  And congrats to Amanda Maxwell and Amy Lee for curating the day and night of female talent DJ's including Clara Amfo and Snoochie Shy.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Wednesday 18th May: Andy Warhol: ARTIST ROOMS at Firstsite

From early pencil drawings and canvas paintings to screen-print portraits and wallpaper, all the way thru to covers for Interview and album artworks and finally ending on film.............. Firstsite's "Andy Warhol:  Artist Rooms" is a brilliant taster into the pop-art legend of the Campbell's soup can.  This main exhibition is accompanied by two more displays of specially comissioned work by both Hattie Stewart and Camille Walala and a programme of events and film screenings ......... which make it a worthwhile day-trip to visit the oldest recorded town!  My home town!

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester , Essex, CO1 1JH