After a week over on the NYPH 2010 blog, it’s good to be home. Today’s post brings you news of a photo show in New York featuring works by Australian treasure Bill Henson, two calls for entries for the Host gallery and Foto8 Summer Show in London, plus a deadline extension until midnight Sunday 18 April for the Press Photographer’s Year 2010. There’s also the launch of an online photo mag, Square Magazine.
PHOTO SHOW – IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS
In Praise of Shadows is an exhibition of works by Dirk Braeckman and Bill Henson and is on show at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York until June 12. If you’re heading to the Big Apple, or to the New York Photo Festival 2010 running from May 12-16, there’s no excuse to miss the show. For those who are unaware of Henson’s work, I urge you to delve further into the psyche of this intriguing artist.
Henson’s photographs “demonstrate the artist’s interest in the duality of nature and artifice, in adolescence, and in the distinction between male and female. These beautiful and mysterious images are characterized by chiaroscuro, translucent skin tones, and jewel-like colors that add an ethereal quality to ambiguous settings, ” says the press release and I couldn’t agree more.
I reviewed Henson’s bold and rather beautiful book, Mnemosyne, in HotShoe, five years ago and was fortunate enough to attend the opening of a retrospective of his work held at the National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2005, before it transferred to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
As I wrote at the time: “In Henson’s work there is also the sensation of being on the cusp of something. Whether it’s in the light and the subtle changes observable in the twilight hours and the onset of dusk; the physical places where the fringes of the city give way to barren and deserted landscapes and decaying buildings; or the models who are often adolescent teenagers on the brink of adulthood, Henson’s work straddles opposing forms and concepts with masterful ease.
“He says that music and writing interest him more than photography and his work is littered with references to classical art forms, from images of Baroque and Rococo architectural details and interiors, to subjects recalling Michelangelo’s La Pieta. “Our culture is always inside our nature,” he is quoted as saying and he is not afraid to reference and appropriate from a wide range of sources, mixing subjects and themes from both high and popular culture.”
Braeckman’s lives and works in Ghent in Belgium. His, mostly, black and white photo artworks explore “abstract spaces, domestic interiors and other loci of the built environment… Flatness and depth become difficult to discern, paradoxical,” states the same press release.
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER’S YEAR 2010
You still have time to enter the Press Photographers Year 2010 photo competition, a competition, “designed for press photographers by press photographers and supported by Canon, The Press Photographer’s Year is unique. It is the only competition that recognises and showcases the outstanding press photography taken for the UK news media”.
AOP OPEN AWARDS
Online entry is open until 16 May for the 2010 AOP Open Awards, see earlier post. “Entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. The judges will be announced in May and judging will take place in June. The chosen images will be exhibited in August at the AOP Gallery and also showcased on the Awards website.
HOST GALLERY SUMMER SHOW
HOST gallery in London and Foto8 and are calling for entries for the third-annual Foto8 Summer Show – a photographic award, exhibition and print fair. The competition is open to all photographers and “the show will follow in Foto8’s tradition of supporting and encouraging work by contemporary and independent photographers”.
Over 150 selected images will go on show at HOST from 26 July – 4 September “to create an inspiring variety of framed and mounted images of all shapes and sizes, installed from floor to ceiling. All works included in the show will be available for sale.”
One of these photographs will be selected as Best in Show by “an expert team of judges” who “will choose their favourite photograph to be named, Best in Show. This will be announced during the fourth week of the show”.
The winner will receive £1500 and The People’s Choice, which will be decided by the number of votes received in the gallery during the show, will win “photographic kit”.
The Foto8 team including 8 Magazine and HOST gallery editors will select the photographs for the show.
ONLINE PHOTO MAGAZINE LAUNCHED
An online photography magazine in French and English, Square Magazine, has been launched. Produced “entirely on a voluntary basis”, it is dedicated exclusively to the square photographic format (native negative, Polaroid or digital crop).” There’s also a website, Square Magazine. I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but will definitely take a peek.