Martin Parr is hands on for the press tour of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010:New Documents

Ahead of the fourth Brighton Photo Biennial: New Documents, which opens tonight, here’s a sneak preview of four of the main shows visited on yesterday’s press tour. The festival is curated by renowned photographer, editor and curator Martin Parr.

BPB 2010 explores the immediacy and vibrancy of contemporary photographic practice by a new generation of practitioners, the eclectic passions found in collections of historic and vernacular photography produced by commercial and amateur photographers, and presents new commissions by internationally celebrated photographers informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton & Hove.” Press release.

Parr took around 10 of us on a tour of the key shows and proved to be an engaging guide – showing us around the work and talking about it, as well as lighting the work with available lamps and holding up prints for us to look at more closely. It made a change to see the shows coming together, especially in the Fabrica building where, in an ambitious project, the entire space is being transformed into the House of Vernacular made up of seven rooms.

For many of the photographers it was also the first time they had seen their work printed, and, as far as I could tell, they were pleased with the results. Apologies in advance, to any photographers whose work I have shot here if the colour seems a tad strange, we had a mixed bag of lighting. All photos © Miranda Gavin.

STRANGE AND FAMILIAR: THREE VIEWS OF BRIGHTON
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Stephen Gill: Outside In

Rinko Kauwachi: Murmaration

Alec and Carmen Soth: Brighton Picture Hunt


THE HOUSE OF VERNACULAR
Fabrica

A NIGHT IN ARGENTINA
University of Brighton Gallery
Alejandro Chaskielberg

Esteban Pastorino Diaz

NEW WAYS OF LOOKING
The former Coop building
Suzanne Opton

Oscar Fernando Gomez

Billy Monk

Ju Duoqi

Viviane Sassen

All photos © Miranda Gavin

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