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 →


'Spaces' and 'places' are, respectively, general and specific ways of referring to a location. 'Space' is a fairly amorphous term meaning the general area in which something happens, while a 'place' would pin it down more specifically, and usually with intent to be there (invoking the verb 'to place'). We refer to a 'sense of... Continue Reading →

In absentia – three photographers

Sarah Pickering I encountered Sarah Pickering's 'Public Order' series during C&N and wrote a blog posting at that time (Bedford, 2017). On her website, Pickering describes herself as a 'visual artist who works with photography and whose work deals with themes of falsity and deception ... Central to her work is an intense and repeated... 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 War, 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 →

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