Train Your Gaze

The headline title of this book, 'Train Your Gaze' is a misnomer; there is very little here that relates to the type of 'gaze' described in the I&P course notes (pp 67-70), and Angier disposes of it in the first two chapters. The more useful part of the title is the subhead, 'A practical and... Continue Reading →

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Seaside Photographed at Margate

The first meeting of the OCA South-East group took us about a far south-east as we could get, to Seaside Photographed at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. I saw this as an opportunity for comparison with last year's The Great British Seaside at the National Maritime Museum. The two exhibitions are very different in style.... Continue Reading →

Roger Fenton – Shadows of War

Roger Fenton was a founder member and the first Honorary Secretary of what would become the Royal Photographic Society. The previous RPS HQ building in Bath was named after him. The current exhibition in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace shows Fenton's pictures from the Crimean Way, taken during 1855 - mostly original prints made... Continue Reading →

Laura Fisher – Broken

One broken ceramic doll face can be a beautiful exercise in light, shade and form. Sixteen of them, exhibited in a mental health facility, become rather more - a metaphor for the fragility of personality and identity in mental illness. Laura Fisher is a Medway-based artist and photographer, working mainly in monochrome documentary and a... Continue Reading →

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

This is an exhibition that I could review in one word: Wow! However, the demands of a learning blog means that a bit more detail is required. This is a very intense exhibition; there are 'content advisory' warnings at the ticket desk and at the entrance to the exhibition space and I still have PTSD... Continue Reading →

Markéta Luskačová at the Tate

Markéta Luskačová is a  Czech-born documentary photographer who moved to Britain after the hardening of communist rule following suppression of the 'Prague Spring' (Tate Britain wall notes). She currently has an exhibition in one of the galleries of Tate Britain. I took the opportunity to visit after viewing the McCullin retrospective. I have re-photographed some... Continue Reading →

Gone Astray

Clare Strand is a conceptual artist who uses photography in her work. Some of her more recent works, such as 'The Happenstance Generator' (2015) and 'The Entropy Pendulum' (2015), explore randomness though the intermediation of mechanical devices acting on photographs. (Brown, 2017) The work that we are directed towards for present study is 'Gone Astray... Continue Reading →

Temporary studios – Penn and Avedon

Making portrait photographs in a studio gives the photographer control of background and lighting. However, a permanent studio is expensive and also requires the sitter to travel to a fixed location, which is inconvenient. I suspect that it only really works if money has changed hands: either the sitter has commissioned a studio portrait or... Continue Reading →

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