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Photo News – 16th Bradford Fellowship Photography scheme calls for applicants for the first time

The Bradford Fellowship in Photography is the Museum’s longest standing cultural partnership…
In every case the scheme has contributed significantly to both the development of the Fellow’s practice and provided a unique opportunity for students in Bradford to interact with significant artists. We are proud of its legacy and excited to announce a call for the 16th Bradford Fellow.”
Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum.

For the first time in its 27-year history the 16th Bradford Fellow in Photography scheme, which includes a £10,000 award, a major exhibition and the opportunity to work with higher education students, has been opened to applications.

To support mid-career photographers in their professional activity and works with the artist and the Fellowship partners to share knowledge and learning about the practice of photography. Specifically, “to enable a photographer/artist to explore their personal artistry and ideas to produce a new body of work”. Also, for the artist to work with students at Bradford College and University of Bradford to give an insight into the artist’s working practice and to encourage the development of the students’ own practice.

3 September. Full details can be found at Bradford Fellowship in Photography.

Applicants should be photographers or artists working with photography, be established in their field and have a history of exhibitions, publications, commercial and/or significant editorial work.

Applicants should have a track record of teaching at FE/HE levels and be fully committed to delivering the teaching aspect of the Fellowship in Bradford.

We welcome collaborative applications and proposed artworks created by individuals or groups of artists. Please note if a collaborative proposal is selected the fee for the project be equally divided between the artists taking part.

Applicants are required to be UK residents.

Submissions should be sent by post only. Include the following information in both digital (on CD) and printed formats. Project proposal (800 words max), technical requirements, project schedule, artist CV, artist statement and any supporting material (written documents). There is an application fee of £15 (cheques only) for each submission. Please make payable to ‘National Media Museum’.

The Bradford Fellowship – a partnership between the National Media Museum, University of Bradford and Bradford College – has previously been based on nominations. This year it’s an open call.

The Fellowship was established in 1985. There have been 15 previous recipients of the Fellowship, including Fay Godwin, Donovan Wylie, Neeta Madahar, Sarah Jones, Paul Graham and Nick Danziger.


Photo News: Yaakov Israel wins PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos PHE12 award

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, ©Yaakov Israel. Photo courtesy of the photographer.

I’m so happy to report that Israeli photographer Yaakov Israel has won the PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos (PHE12 Discoveries) 2012 Award for his series The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey. As the winner Israel will take part in PHotoEspaña 2013. The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey was the inaugural exhibition in May at Zelda Cheatle and Deborah Goldman’s new gallery Margaret Street Gallery, see images below, including one of Yaakov and his wife Maya. The work is featured in a book of the same name published by Schilt Publishing.

I first saw Israel’s work at Arles photo festival a few years ago and interviewed him for the April/May 2012 issue of Hotshoe. Excerpt from the feature I wrote in Hotshoe April/May 2012: “A quest is a specific type of journey, one that implies a search for something, and is a familiar plot device used in narratives, both visual and literary. As used in the title of Yaakov’s debut monograph, it is a concept that replaced that of the “photographic journey” as the project developed. In tandem with the idea of a quest, there is also a type of storytelling, more akin to that of a parable, flowing through the book. For Yaakov, the turning point came when he met a man on a white donkey in 2006 – four years into the project. “In the Jewish tradition, this man is supposed to be a religious prophet dressed in white robes. Whereas the man I met was a Palestinian farmer who materialized in the Judean desert in 45-degree heat. The encounter had a biblical feel to it and made me realize that I was really on a quest to explore what it means to be Israeli, and for me to live in this country. Up until then I’d just been looking, but once I understood the project – when I could write down what I was looking for – it presented itself everywhere. It didn’t matter where I was.

“Thus, Yaakov also embarks on an internal, psychological quest in his search for self-identity in a fractured and complex cultural context. “The more I worked on the project, the more I understood that it was not just about the geographical or social aspects of contemporary Israel, but also about the myths and the religions, as well as political and human aspects. It’s like I’m looking for something that only exists when I look at it,” he says. The images that are included in the book therefore are ones that represent for him “the journey and the idea of the journey simultaneously – the mental journey, the physical journey, and the idea of the quest”. Miranda Gavin

The jury of Descubrimientos PHE12 consisted of Anne McNeill, director of Impressions Gallery (Bradford, United Kingdom); Markus Schaden, editor and founder of Schaden (Germany); and Roger Szmulewicz, director of the Fifty One Fine Art Photography Gallery(Belgium).  Israel’s porfolio was presented in a review session at Centro de Arte Alcobendas of Madrid during June.

The winners of the last editions of the prize are Fernando Brito,Vanessa Winship, Alejandra Laviada, Yann Gross, Harri Palviränta, Stanislas Guigui, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Comenius Röthlisberger, Pedro Álvarez, Tanit Plana, Sophie Dubosc, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Paula Luttringer and Matías Costa.

Photo News – Photo Miami 2010 cancelled, Vauxhall Projects winner Matt Stuart and street photography

Parkor Jumper, Matt Stuart, courtesy of Vauxhall Collective

Photography category winner of the Vauxhall Collective Bursary, street photographer Matt Stuart will have his work on show in Derby from 13-19 November. Stuart’s quirky observational photos often use humour, so this show promises to be engaging. Plus, news just in that, sadly, Photo Miami 2010 has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. More below.

Junior Chess Championships, © Matt Stuart, courtesy of Vauxhall Collective

Stuart was commissioned by the car company to create a series of photographs as a response to this year’s theme, The Great British Weekend. Travelling in a new Vauxhall Astra, he captures the life of enthusiasts who spend weekends pursuing their hobbies and passions, Stuart’s, we learn from the press release, include book collecting and cycling…

I have just finished reviewing Street Photography Now, published by Thames & Hudson.  A new survey of 46 contemporary street photographers from around the globe, including fellow London-based In-Public members, Nick Turpin and Nils Jorgensen. Stuart’s London streets shot grace the front and back covers.

There’s a link to a short interview (two and a half mins) with one of the editors, Sophie Howarth, on Nigel Warburton’s website, art and allusion.

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Vanessa Winship wins Discoveries award, call for Asian women photographers and news – Fabulous Friday Round Up

© Vanessa Winship, SWEET NOTHINGS:Rural schoolgirls of the Eastern Anatolian border

Today’s round up is competition focused with women in the spotlight. There’s a call for Asian women photographers, as well as recently announced winners in some European-based competitions, including home-grown talent Vanessa Winship.

At some point I want to look at competitions in more detail, particularly in relation to the ever increasing number of them, the question of entry fees (for example, how transparent are photo competitions regarding what happens to entry fees?), criteria for entry, as well as questions relating to how age and gender impact on the world of competitions.

Asian women photographers are invited to submit work for inclusion in an evening showcase curated by reminders project and pdfX12’s Yumi Goto as part of the Angkor Photo Festival held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from November 20 to 27.

Email with the following:

Completed bodies of work and ongoing projects are both acceptable. The photo essay may be about any issue or event, but must have been photographed in the applicant’s native country.

  • Subject line: Your full name (ex: Yumi Goto) – country of origin (ex: Japan) – Submission for Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase
  • A direct link to 20-40 images. Please do NOT send them as attachments, but upload them to a web gallery (Lightstalkers galleries, Photoshelter lightboxes, Flickr, etc.)
  • A brief bio up to 120 words (.doc or .pdf file only please)
  • A summary of the project, including title (.doc or .pdf file only)

Successful applicants will be contacted on 10 September.

31 August

Yumi Goto will select fifteen projects to screen.

Photographer Vanessa Winship wins the Discoveries PHE Brugal Extra Viejo Award for her series Sweet Nothings. Winship’s work will be shown in a solo show in PHotoEspaña 2011.

© Vanessa Winship, SWEET NOTHINGS:Rural schoolgirls of the Eastern Anatolian border

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Ian Parry Scholarship 2010 and Photoworks photography bursary calls for entries

© Maisie Crow: April watches a fight take place down the street from her home. She stayed behind the fence because she is on probation after burning down a building.

The deadlines for two competitions/bursaries are fast approaching. The British School at Rome and Photoworks are offering a residency in photography and lens-based media from April to June 2011 with a deadline in two weeks of 14 June, while you have just over a month to submit work to the Ian Parry Scholarship for photojournalists which has a deadline of Friday 2 July. The competition is open to all nationalities and doesn’t cost to enter, but you need to be under 24 or a full time photography student.

Ian Parry Scholarship 2009 winner © Maisie Crow: April peers out of her bedroom window shortly after dusk and watches other children in the neighborhood play in a nearby ball field.

For more details on both including links to previous winners’ work…

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