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 →

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Martin Parr at the NPG – laying it on with a scalpel?

'Only Human', currently at the National Portrait Gallery is a late-career retrospective of Martin Parr's work, picking up (according to Prodger 2019) from where Val Williams 2002 volume left off. Being at the NPG, it concentrates on 'people pictures' (although by no means exclusively portraits) and explores the concept of 'Britishness'. I suspect that regular... 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 →

London Nights

London Nights was an exhibition at the Museum of London during autumn 2018. It is an exploration of the character of the city after dark, under artificial light, and the way in which people interact with it. The exhibition, like the catalogue (Sparham 2018) is organised in three sections, titled 'London Illuminated', 'Dark Matters' and... Continue Reading →

Landscapes in a landscape

This was an unexpected bonus exhibition/installation, seen en-route to the London Nights exhibition (to be reviewed). 'Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace' is a travelling exhibition currently installed in St James' Park, opposite Horseguards Parade, timely for the Armistice Day centenary.   This is an eight-year project by Irish photographer Michael St Maur Sheil, inspired... Continue Reading →

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