Alvarado on narrativity

While Rod Stewart might have understood that "every picture tells a story" in 1971, it seems to have taken a little longer for the message to be accepted into critical photographic discourse. Manuel Alvarado, writing originally in 1979 (Alvarado 2001) quotes from Barthes, Cartier-Bresson and John Berger to the effect that a single image, particularly... Continue Reading →

Tony Ray-Jones

I visited Bristol to view 'The English Seen' exhibition of Tony Ray-Jones, at and curated by the Martin Parr Foundation. The exhibition was in its last few days, and I arrived shortly before opening time so I serendipitously also got a sneak preview of images for a forthcoming exhibition of Hans Eijkelboom's 'People of the... Continue Reading →

Perspectives on Place

This book is another of Bloomsbury’s ‘Required Reading’ series, on the I&P reading list. Unlike 'Train Your Gaze', it stays fairly close to the brief of the title and the subhead which is, 'theory and practice in landscape photography'. The cover image (Hong Kong, Back Door 02 by Michael Wolf) suggest that the book is... Continue Reading →

Heidegger and praxical knowledge

Until recently my only 'knowledge' of Martin Heidegger is the scurrilous suggestion from the Philosophy Department of the fictional University of Woolamaloo: Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar Who could think you under the table (Python, M. 1973) Keith, my tutor has suggested that I read Heidegger Reframed by Barbara Bolt (2011), particularly chapter 5,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Evolving Landscapes

'Evolving Landscapes' was a small exhibition in the ground floor gallery of the Oxo Tower on the South Bank last week. This blog review has taken me a while because I have mixed feelings about it. My 'camera club brain' enjoyed it (and I was with a group of club members) but my 'OCA brain'... Continue Reading →

The Great British Seaside

I visited the Great British Seaside exhibition currently on (until 30 September) at the National Maritime Museum expecting a bit of froth and a fun day out. It did not disappoint on that score, but was also surprisingly relevant to the idea of 'Identity and Place. However, it tells of both an identity and a... Continue Reading →

Victorian Giants

Unfortunately I missed this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, but I bought the catalogue because it is a good fit with the first part of Identity and Place. Although subtitled 'The Birth of Art Photography', the book deals only with English portraiture (understandable, given that this was an NPG exhibition) so there is nothing... Continue Reading →

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