Photo News – London Art Fair 2011, Kodachrome show and On the Ephemeral in Photography open

Rut Blees Luxemburg, ‘O’ (A. Jolie), analogue C-type print, 100×80cm, ed. of 5, 2010, photo courtesy Hotshoe Gallery and the artist

It’s been a busy post-Christmas couple of weeks as I have been on the judging panel for the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Photographer of the Year competition (running since 1981), catching up with other work and trying to prepare for the various photo-related activities coming up next week here in London.

I’ll be writing more on the judging process once it is over but it has been interesting to see the variety and wildly differing standards of work submitted. Photographs were submitted in four categories as single images and series’. For those interested, the judging panel includes an art buyer, photographers’ agent and two commercial photographers, see link for more information.

Ahead of the London Art Fair, which opens on 19 January in London and runs until 23 January, here’s a preview of some of the artists work for sale and featured in the show On the Ephemeral in Photography.

The show is a collaboration between Hotshoe Gallery director Daniel Campbell Blight and Brad Feuerhelm of Ordinary-Light Photography. The exhibition will take place between the project section at the London Art Fair 2011 and Hotshoe Gallery where the show opens on 21 January and runs until 5 March, so there’s plenty of time to see it. Expect an intriguing mix of work from established and lesser known photographers as well as vintage photographs relating to the concept of the ephemeral in photography.

Another show that may be of interest is A Celebration of Kodachrome opening on 18 January at the AOP Gallery. The manufacture of Kodakchrome film was discontinued last year, after 74 years, so this show, which was open for submissions from AOP members and the public, marks the end of an era. The images on show are from 30 photographers and have “all originated from one of Kodak’s film products” and AOP photographer Adam Woolfitt is planning to make an installation of his collection of slides and will be inviting visitors to take a slide home with them.

Finally, the London Art Fair opens in Islington on Wednesday 19 January and runs until 23 January.

Photography Day takes place on Wed 19 January where the lovely Jess Crombie, film and photography manager at Save the Children will be taking part in a panel discussion Image Fatigue: Can photographs still be a catalyst for positive social change in a world saturated with images? will be chaired by photographer and PhotoVoice trustee Marc Schlossman.

Campbell Blight will be chairing On The Ephemeral in Photography and Feuerhelm will be leading the (D)e-materialization and Photography in the Age of Technological Advance sessions.

Click on participating galleries for a list and, if you’re heading to the fair, drop by the project space and P3 and come over to Hotshoe Magazine stand where I’ll be helping out during the fair.
Till then, take care.


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