Category Archives: Artist Talks

Photo Shots – Photography and Death at Photofusion with work by Andre Penteado and Joachim Froese

DETAILS in photos above from Dad’s Suicide by Andre Penteado

I went, I saw, I listened. Thanks to Photofusion, Sue Steward, Andre Penteado and Joachim Froese for a thought-provoking evening of conversation, lively discussion and viewing themed around the sensitive subject of death.

For those of you who like to look rather than read, see over for more photos. Reflections to come – I want to have a chat on the blog with Andre about his body of work Dad’s Suicide, so will leave it until then.

All iPhone photos © Miranda Gavin.

(L-R) Andre Penteado, Sue Steward and Joachim Froese

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Photo talk and show – Photography and Death with Andre Penteado and Joachim Froese in conversation with Sue Steward

“After his suicide I felt very guilty and lonely. A sense of failure and a feeling that I could have done something to prevent what happened overtook me. I felt a lot of anger towards him as well. I couldn’t believe what he had done to himself and to all of us who loved him so much.” Andre Penteado speaking about his dad’s suicide.

© Andre Penteado, Dad's Hangers

If you are south London way tonight, then why not head over to Photofusion for a talk Photography & Death starting at 18.30. Independent curator and journalist Sue Steward will be in conversation with Andre Penteado and Joachim Froese The talk tonight costs £5 (£3.50 members and students).

The exhibition brings together two bodies of work, Joachim Froese, Archive and Andre Penteado’s, Dad’s Suicide, (his father took his life in 2007) both of which are concerned with the process following the death of a parent. “Taking different approaches to a very sensitive subject, the making of the projects was a type of therapy for the photographers as they dealt with the sense of loss and grief.” Check out the talk tonight, I’ll be there too, and if you can’t make the talk the exhibition runs until 18 November.

Photo Stroll – Photoquai 2011 on the banks of the River Seine – Part Three

The final part of the stroll comes across two people having fun with Indian studio photographer Mohan Verma’s Photomaton and some backstage views of the construction of the display stands.

Many thanks to curator of the photographic collections Christine Barthe who kindly showed us around the collection, see previous post, and to photographer Anne Noble (NZ correspondent ) for a stimulating lunch time chat.

All iPhone photos © Miranda Gavin.

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As before, see over for the stills-stroll show, rather than the slide-stroll show . Try saying that quickly…

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Photo News – Nine-Point Perspective group photo show install at Hotshoe Gallery as London riots hit


Monday evening and we start to hang the first Tri-pod group show Nine-Point Perspective: Ways of Seeing ahead of the Private View on Thursday 11 August from 6-9pm. Wood panels to be cut to precise size for snug window fit; walls to be painted; false walls built and shelves added.
Next, we head home and get caught in the rioting in Brixton and Ealing. Long night with helicopters and police sirens, huge plasma TV in box is thrown, and lands, in the front garden and loot stashed near neighbour’s bins, cars driving by picking up groups from the street, while smash and grabs take place up the road.

The next day the aftermath – local resident a 60-year-old is ‘critical’ after clashing with rioters reports local paper and news that the local Panasonic shop lost £200,000 of electrical goods, which could account for the TV.

Today, Tuesday and we head back to the gallery…
Then the shops in Hatton Garden near Farringdon are boarded up and we are advised to leave the gallery. But not before we get some more done in preparation for the show and the wall gets a lick of grey paint.

Let’s see how it all pans out. The Private View is on Thursday so we need to take stock tomorrow. People are asking about whether we are going ahead, and so far we still are, despite some set backs.

Seba Kurtis‘s book signing for Drowned in Hackney was cancelled last night, and Toby Smith‘s talk at The Frontline Club, see last post, was cancelled tonight.
Back home and word at our local Tesco is not good, security guard advises a group went in and one of them said, “We’re coming back to finish what  started”.

Photo News – Photo competition winners and photo events – What’s on in London, Weekend Round Up

© Michael Grecco, Martin Scorsese

The winners in two photo competitions the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the new Masters of Photography Masterclass have been announced. While on Tuesday Toby Smith  – reportage photographer and director of Roof Unit, a collective of photographers based in East London – will be giving a talk at The Frontline Club, In the Picture: China’s New Energy Pioneers from 7pm.

Smith will be presenting his photography and discussing China’s environmental record in an event moderated by Jim Footner of Greenpeace. Covering 11 provinces, over two months, he visited “coal mines, wind farms and hydro-electric plants while capturing the landscapes and people implementing the Communist Party’s latest Five Year Plan”. See the Frontline website to book tickets. £10 for the early birds, £12.50 after

Celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco picked up two gold awards in the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris photo competition Portraiture and Personality categories for his portraits Martin Scorsese on Rooftop and Steve Martin as well as two bronze awards. Now in its fifth year, “Px3 strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris”. Winning photographs from this competition are also published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book. Emerging and professional photographers submit their work for juried consideration in various categories. The 2012 competition will open on 1 January 2012.

© Michael Grecco, Steve Martin

Macallan single malt announced the winner of the first Masters of Photography Masterclass, in partnership with legendary Scottish photographer Albert Watson. First place went to Luke Bhothipiti from the USA for his image Waiting for the Eclipse. Luke wins a trip to Scotland, courtesy of Visit Scotland. The second, third and fourth prizes are Nikon camera equipment and an annual subscription to Digital Camera Magazine.

Members of the public uploaded photographs celebrating the theme of ‘great journeys’ either from travels or a special moment showing a passage of time. The competition not only attracted over 7,000 entries but 94,000 votes were cast by the public to select the top 20 images. These were then judged by Watson, winner of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society’s 2010 Centenary Medal, who is well known across the globe for his fashion, celebrity and art photography having shot over 200 covers for both Vogue and Rolling Stone Magazine.

© Luke Bhotopiti, Winner. A photograph of my friends standing around a fire for warmth waiting for the lunar eclipse on 12/21/2010. We all made the trip into the country for the best possible view of an event that only comes around every 460 years. This would also be the last photograph of everyone together before they would embark on their own personal journeys.

See over for the winner of second, third and fourth places in XXXX…

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