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 →

When Photography really works

Ostensibly attempting to answer the question of why some photographs are more effective than others, this is one of the genre of books which juxtaposes individual photographs with a page of commentary on a double-page spread. Val Williams' book can be distinguished from the others in three ways. First, the selection of images is more... Continue Reading →

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