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Photo News: Diemar/Noble Photography and Rhubarb-Rhubarb host The Gathering event tonight in London with a photo tombola

The Gathering, an event jointly organised by Diemar/Noble Photography and Rhubarb-Rhubarb, takes place tonight from 6-9pm at Diemar/Noble.

For one night only, images donated by participating photographers including Brian Griffin, Martin Parr, Emily-Jane Major, Michael Donald, Laura Pannack and Zed Nelson will be on show at the Diemar/Noble gallery space. Prints have been donated by image makers from the UK, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Australia and Bangladesh.

Participants pick a numbered ticket from a tombola and receive the corresponding numbered print as well as a copy of the event catalogue. “This gives you the opportunity to own a print by a world famous or an emerging artist for an investment of just £50”. The event is a fundraiser not a private view.

Money raised from the event is to support the work of Rhubarb-Rhubarb as “it moves into a digital future”. Not exactly sure what this means, in terms of what the money raised is for, specifically – money to make a transition and get things online?





Photo News: Detroit: a Self-Portrait: Found Photos 2009-10 show in Stockholm, the future of books event in London and calls for entries

Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese, Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010

If you can, check out Detroit: a Self-portrait/Found Photos 2009-2010 by Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese at the Stockholm kulturhuset from 17 September – 20 November.

Drawn from an archive of hundreds of found images from the 1980s and 1990s that have degraded and discoloured, the photos “appear to have been taken by the Police or other state authorities as evidence of various crimes, accidents, suspects and victims, mostly in poor neighbourhoods. Abandoned to the heat, cold and damp the photos have begun to discolour and decay. In this condition they become traces of two historical moments, the first recorded by the photos as images, the second by the photos as fragile objects.”

News in, via Pippa Wieglos, that the London Street Photography Festival raised over £5,500 in its recent auction. Twenty one lots went under the hammer as part of raising funds for the 2012 London Street Festival of Photography. Bids ranged from £80 to £1,100, with the highest bid of £1,100 for a photo of man, dated 31st March 31 1957, by Vivian Maier who died leaving an archive of over 100,000 negatives.

Sojournposse Multimedia will be hosting an event Whatever is to become of books? in the Inspiration Room at the London Design Festival 2011 on Saturday 17 September 17 from 10:30am to 3:00pm, cost £3.00, plus £0.73 PayPal fee, and there are calls for entries to Boutographies open competition with a deadline of 30 November, the Arte Laguna Prize for visual artists, deadline 11 November, and Photomonth Youth Photography Award, deadline 18 October. Read over for more.

The Arte Laguna Prize, an international art contest with a photo category is calling for entries. Thanks to Marta Falcon for bringing it to my attention. The total cash prize is 170.000 Euros, 7.000 Euros per section but there’s an entry fee of between 50 Euros for one, and 90 Euros, to submit two works. “Besides money, the Arte Laguna Prize offers opportunities for artists, such as art residencies, personal exhibitions in galleries, collective exhibitions, attendance at an international Festival. There is no age limit,” writes Marta.

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Photo News – PhotoBook London final call for self-published book submissions and print auction for Japan both at Hotshoe Gallery

If you have a self-published book that you want to expose, then check out the PhotoBook London book fair and follow this link, PhotoBook submissions. The deadline for submissions is 8 August and it is free, however, if your book is selected you will need to provide two copies, including the one you submit, to PhotoBook London in exchange.

The PhotoBook London fair is a weekend event at Hotshoe Gallery, London running from 2 – 5 September to promote independent and self published photo books as well as give photographers and publishers a platform to get their books seen and sold. There will also be around 15 carefully-selected publishers and a curated table of individual self published book submissions.

Architecture for Humanity and Hotshoe Gallery will host a charity print sale/auction of photographs on 5 August at Hotshoe Gallery from 6-8pm to raise funds for the long term reconstruction of the tsunami devastated north east region of Japan.

The prints will be on show from 2 August and will go up for auction on 5 August. There will also be a chance to bid on the pictures during the course of the exhibition, so some may fetch a higher end price.

The photographs were submitted through an open call with a brief “to evoke and celebrate Japanese culture”. The response was overwhelming with entries from both established and emerging photographers from all over the world and now 100 photographs have been selected for the charity print sale and auction.

All proceeds will go directly to the Architecture for Humanity project office in Sendai. All the photographs are framed (30cm×40cm), Lamda C-type prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. The starting donation is £50 which includes the print and frame.

Architecture for Humanity, a non profit organisation which offers building and design support in response to humanitarian and emergency needs, is working on the ground in Sendai on a number of projects including an orphanage, an art and music therapy centre, an ‘urban acupuncture’ initiative to help get small businesses back on their feet to kick start economic recovery on a local level, a small scale fishing village reconstruction (rebuilding along the coastline is not included in the Japanese government’s 10 year plan). The operation is being headed by a team of top Japanese architects and overseen by the charity’s founder, Cameron Sinclair.

Contributing Photographers include:
Alekh Ajayaghosh, Maxwell Anderson, Rumi Ando, Guy Archard, Jake Baggaley, Jamie Box, Rachel Brown, Jake Burge, Douglas Capron, James Carney, Akos Czigany, Kate Elliott, Meighan Ellis, Niccolò Fano, Lisa Fleming, Ryo Fujimoto, Clare Gallagher, Shinsuke Kiryu, Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, Yuri Gomi, Brian Griffin, Sunil Gupta, Tom Hartford, Fiona Harvey, Kelly Hill, Thom Hudson, Tom Hunter, Barry W Hughes, Marcin Jary, James O Jenkins, Maria Kapajeva, Heidi Kayla, Fujimi Kawase, Dong Yoon Kim, Yuki Kishino, Shiho Kito, Karen Knorr, Bashi Kolibarova, Koichi Kuroda, Marten Lange, John Maclean, William Mackrell, Masayo Matsuda, Nektarios Markogiannis, Peter McDonnell, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Kanji Mizutani, Sara Naim, David Nix, Laura Noel, Jenny Nordquist, Yuji Obata, Eye Ohashi, Ale, Pavlou, Marian Alanso Perez, Peter Puklus, Wendy Pye, Bruno Quinquet, Pedro Ramos, Andras Ridovics, Stephen Roe, Christina Saez, Micah Sarut, Yann Sivault, Candice Shavalia, Evsen Sobek, Rachel Stanley, Go Takayama, Aruha Yamaoka , Keita Yasukawa, Rasmus Vasli, Donald Weber

Under the Hammer – PhotoVoice auction preview

Matt self-portrait, On the Move: Voices from the Street, 2003, PhotoVoice project

A very quick post for those who are in the mood for a bit of photography window shopping. Ahead of next week’s auction to raise money for PhotoVoice’s various activities, here’s a glimpse of what’s up for sale…

You can view the auction gallery online.

And even if you are not a collector or art buyer, you can still get a flavour of the work and an idea of the expected prices and types of prints. This information is always useful as it indicates how certain images, or photographers are faring in terms of the prices that their work fetches.

I’m familiar with the organisation having helped in its early days with press coverage and promoting the organisation through writing magazine articles. I also was a trainer and project manager/co-ordinator for its On the Move: Voices from the Street project. It was one of the most rewarding but ultimately also one of the most challenging projects that I have worked on.

Working with the guys, there's me in my red cardigan with Pat in the middle, and Matt just below sorting through photos with Tom

The photo that accompanies this post is by one of the participants Matt, who helped me facilitate some later workshops and became a friend and who sadly took his life in 2007.

As I will be attending the auction, expect a report next week after the event. If I had the money, there are more than a few lots that I would be bidding for. Till then, enjoy the virtual window shopping.

SEX sells and brings in the bucks at Phillip de Pury’s London auction

Jack Pierson, SEX, 1992, sold for £72,050/$108,183

Now that I’ve got your attention, welcome back to the SEX auction report.

Phillips de Pury & Company’s SEX sale, which took place on March 19 (see Friday’s post), “totalled £1,370,038/$2,057,114 (including premium) selling 75% by value and 69% of the total 217 lots, with numerous records established across categories for both emerging and established artists”. I have had difficulties trying to get hold of a few web-friendly photographic images from the sale so this post will be illustrated with two of the images that I’ve been sent. For those who are interested, the next issue of HotShoe magazine April/May (out in the first week of April) features an interview I did with the lovely Lou Proud, Senior Specialist Photography at Phillips de Pury. Since the interview, I have  more questions to ask Lou, so will be keeping you updated via this blog. For now, here are some sales figures, Top Ten sales and some of my thoughts from the preview.

Phillip de Pury‘s white gallery space in London easily absorbed the large crowd wandering through the various rooms, drinks in hand, where works by Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Allen Jones rubbed up against photographic prints by Nobuyoshi Araki, Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Spencer Tunik and Helmut Newton. There were a few surprise pieces; Sue Webster and Tim Noble’s, Serving Suggestion, 2004 an unassuming can of baked beans positioned on a plinth from which a sausage emerged, and Simon English’s drawing, Ed McTain falling for Humpty, 2005 which had my friend in fits. Well, it was a SEX themed auction, so what did I really expect? There was more than a smattering of bondage and fetishism, some very graphic representations of penetration and masturbation, (Sigmar Polke’s drawing, Untitled, 1974, which sold for £121,250, and Japanese photographer Noritoshi Hirakaw’s series) as well as Helmut Newton‘s unmistakeable black and white photographs of women in various states of undress, which stood out for me, particularly in relation to the rather cliched colour photographs in one room often showing beach babes running along the sand or draped across the frame.

Allen Jones, Soft Tread, 1966-1967, sold for £361,250/$542,417

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