Photographer John Moore on the Arab world revolts

The revolts in Egypt and the war in Lybia through th eyes of a photographer: Pulitzer prize John Moore has shared on PBS Newshour his thoughts about what is going on in the Arab World.

He says that although he has covered the Iraqi war in 2005 as a member of an Associated Press team, he felt that his latest assignment in Cairo, Bahrain and Lybia has been the most dangerous of his career.

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TALK: ‘Writing Photography 6’ at the Photographer’s Gallery

Photography & Culture @ bergpublishers.com
‘Travelling Photographic Histories: From 1950s Cape Town to Britain, and Back’. This is the new talk hosted by the Photographer’s Gallery with the journal Photography & Culture that will take place on the 29th March at 7pm.

Travelling Photographic Histories: From 1950s Cape Town to Britain, and Back @ photonet.org.ukProf Darren Newbury will present an historical and biographical approach to photographs taken during the apartheid era in South Africa.
He will focus in part on a collection of photographs made by Bryan Heseltine in the early 1950s in three black townships in or near Cape Town as well as the Malay Quarter of the city and District Six. This is an opportunity to reflect on the recent ‘re-discovery’ of the collection and its meaning in the present for both South African and British audiences.
Here for Location and Booking Info.

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Matteo Sandrini wins the Accademia Apulia Award

Accademia Apulia @ accademiapulia.orgDesign and Arts graduate Matteo Sandrini is the winner of the inaugural Accademia Apulia Photographic Award.

Matteo Sandrini @ accademiapulia.orgHis work focuses on his native Italian city of Brescia’s cultural identity. For several days and always at the same time he positioned himself on the main street of the Carmine district where he photographed people passing by. He used the single shots to create a composite collage posing questions around whether people from different heritage may coexist in the very same district, but not necessarily integrate.

“I wanted to verify in person – the winner explains – the reality of a place often described negatively by the local media. The common opinion is that over the past few years this area has lost its original cultural identity to make room to a multiethnic community who now living in there. Matteo Sandrini's winning picture @ accademiapulia.orgI think that living together may not automatically mean ‘coexisting ‘ in the same place, but a slow process of relations between different realities. The three photographic strips I submitted to this competition aim to show how some people actually avoid walking through certain areas of the city. The project questions the concept of integration – people may cohexist in the same city but is integration actually there yet?”


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INTERVIEW: Mark Burton of London Independent Photography

London Independent Photography @londonphotography.org.ukMark Burton is a photographer and Publicity Officer of London Independent Photography (LIP), which organised tonight’s Janet Hall Memorial Lecture with photographer Brian Griffin.

– What is London Independent Photography?

London Independent Photography (LIP) is a community organisation which helps members to develop their personal approach to photography, improve skills and gain recognition for their work. We have a range of year round activities. Once a month several satellite groups meet in different parts of London which is a great opportunity to make new friends and share ideas.

fLip Magazine @ londonphotography.org.ukThere is an active program of workshops and talks. One of the highlights of the LIP calendar is the Janet Hall Memorial lecture, held in honor of one of the founders. This year we will be hearing from photographer, Brian Griffin.
The other highlight of the year is the LIP exhibition which will be at The Strand Gallery in October.

LIP also published ‘fLIP Magazine’ three times a year. The aim is to inspire, inform and entertain readers by featuring members’ photographic work and engaging articles.The latest issue has the theme ‘Streetlife’ and was launched last week. It is sent to all 650 LIP members. The magazine is also available from (among others) The Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and The Whitechapel Gallery.

– Who started LIP and why?

London Independent Photography was founded by Virginia Khuri and Janet Hall in 1987. They had been inspired by workshops held by photographer Paul Hill. Their idea was to set-up a London based organisation that ran workshops and meetings where dialogue with other photographers would help them develop their own work.

– What is the London Villages Project?

London Villages Project @londonphotography.org.ukThe London Villages Project has been organised by LIP members and will provide a photographic record of London in 2011. To achieve this London will be imagined as a collection of villages or communities. They may be defined geographically – as a street, a neighbourhood – or by their landscape, ethnicity, religion or special interest. It is a great opportunity for photographers to create a project or series of images that capture an intimate record of what they consider a London Village. This project is open to all styles and methods of photography and details about participation are on the LVP website.

– Brian Griffin’s will be giving the Janet Hall Memorial Lecture tonight. Can you explain what the lecture will be about?

Brian Griffin @ magentamagazine.comBrian’s lecture is entitled ‘Survival and the creative photographer’. As he explains, “In 2001 I decided that I would never take photographs again purely for money, and would find ways to survive purely on my creativity. Since adopting that philosophy I have managed to keep going, just! This talk will show and explain how I have managed it.”

This is an invaluable event for photographers developing their own practice. Brian Griffin is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential British image-makers of recent times. He is famous for his groundbreaking approach to portraiture and numerous high profile projects stretching from ‘Work’ in the 1980’s to his current project charting ‘The Road to 2012’, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

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EVENT: Firecracker showcases European female photography

Alys Tomlinson, Leonie Purchas and Dana Popa work @ fire-cracker.orgFirecracker logo @ fire-cracker.orgFirecracker is an online platform established last January by Fiona Rogers, to promote the work of European women photographers.

Apple Store on Regent Street @ ifoapplestore.comOn the 4th April, Firecracker will be hosting its first event at the Apple Store on Regent Street.
The work of three European female photographers – Tessa Bunney, Laura Hynd and Leonie Purchas – will be showcased and they will discuss their images and contemporary female photography.

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World Press Photo’s Michiel Munneke on Multimedia

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LECTURE: Brian Griffin, ‘Survival and the Creative Photographer’

Brian Griffin pictures @londonphotography.org.uk“How to become a creative photographer and pay the bills?”

Renowned portrait photographer Brian Griffin will be giving the answer on Tuesday, the 22nd, with a lecture organised by London Independent Photography (LIP).

Brian Griffin © Michael Prince

Griffin, one of the most influential British photographers, will talk about ‘Survival and the Creative Photographer’ and will  share his insights and experience with the audience explaining how to survive financially and make the work you want to.
As Brian says, “In 2001 I decided I would never take photographs again purely for money, and would find ways to survive purely on my creativity. Since adopting that philosophy I have managed to keep going, just! This talk will show and explain how I have managed it.”

The event is part of an annual programme of lectures that are held in honour of LIP co-founder, Janet Hall. Here for booking info.

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