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Photo Call: L A Noble Gallery launches London Life Photo Competition and last weeks to see Japan Suite by Chris Steele-Perkins


Two snippets today from L A Noble Gallery: the launch of the gallery’s London Life Competition and a reminder that Chris Steele-Perkins wonderful show, Japan Suite, ends on 1 February. So why not head over to north London and see work by Steele-Perkins who joined the Viva agency in 1976 and Magnum Photos in 1979 – the year that his first monograph, The Teds was published. The book is still available and has since become a classic of British documentary photography.

Chris Steele-Perkins at L A Noble Gallery opening for Japan Suite

The London Life Photography Competition is open to all and L A Noble Gallery is looking for “dynamic, exquisite, challenging and creative images… that capture the current age of austerity and decadence in all its forms to be included in an exhibition in Summer 2014”.

From the Roaring 1920s to The Great Depression of the 1930s “it was an age of unbelievable wealth, glamour, freedom and decadence where not only artistic, but also individual, expression broke new ground. However, it was also a time of great social upheaval as millions lived in poverty and/or faced persecution on social, political, religious and ethnic grounds. Thus, many parallels can be drawn between this period and today. The spirit of the lifestyle that this ethos encapsulated, serves as an escape from the current economic climate, just as it did in the 1930s.”

Follow this link for details on How to Enter.

All finalists will be featured in the exhibition this Summer.

1st prize
Six months representation with L A Noble Gallery and mentoring with Gallery Director Laura Noble.
Consultation and printing of your gallery portfolio, with a master printer.

2nd and 3rd prize
A two-hour portfolio review with Laura Noble.
Featured prominently in the exhibition.
An annual National Art Pass valid for one year.

£25 for up to four images.

31 March.


Photo News – Magnum photographers Jacob Aue Sobol and Chris Steele-Perkins out and about, Big Cat Press calls for photo submissions

Today’s post is a bit of a hotch potch as I catch up on some news. I gave a talk to journalism students at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham last week, and have had features to turn in, so time has been short. On my way to the campus at Waterloo station, I bumped into portrait and celebrity photographer Barry Lategan, who I met years back at the Affordable Art Fair and is known for his discovery and early portraits of Twiggy in the 1960s. Barry was holding a book of contact sheets and photos including a studio shoot of a young Colin Firth. He kindly let me take his picture… Later, Barry contacted me and very politely asked me to remove his photo as he said he would prefer not to have it up online, so I have just left his calling card…

Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins talks about “his experience as a photographer whose career has moved between journalism, reportage and the pursuit of personal projects” for a PhotoVoice lecture series Words on Monday on 14 March at Kings Place in London. Starts 7pm. Tickets £9.50, if booked online, £11.50 on the door.

Big City Press is calling for photographic submissions for its next photographic publication Hijacked 3 Australia / UK. Photographers based or born in either Australia or UK are invited to submit 12-18 digital images from a series/body of work for consideration. Multiple series can be submitted together. The submissions will be assessed by Louise Clements (UK), Mark McPherson (AUS), Katrina Schwarz (AUS/UK) and with a panel of peers from both countries. Deadline 1 May.

Finally, what looks like an interesting show has just opened in New York featuring a group of international photographers using a diaristic style, including Jacob Aue Sobol, British artist Nick Waplington, Takashi Homma and Swedish photographer JH Engstrom. I interviewed Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol who is a Magnum nominee, for the Danish magazine KATALOG when he had completed his I, Tokyo project and reviewed the book for Hotshoe. Follow this link I, Tokyo Reviews and Interviews to a page with downloadable PDFs of both. This new series is “heavily influenced by the postwar Japanese graphic scene and its use of high-contrast black and white imagery. On display, images taken from his ‘Bangkok’ series show clearly a stylized reality and engaging commitment to the photographic form”.

Minor Cropping May Occur (selected diaries 1962-2011) – an exhibition connecting thirteen international photographers—both established and emerging—whose works were created between the 1960s and the present – runs until 19 March. Presented by Lombard Freid Projects (the official link doesn’t seem to be working) in New York, the exhibition is co-curated by Lea Freid and Nick Haymes.

“The artists exhibited employ a diaristic style in approaching their subjects. All the photographs presented in this show avoid classification as documentation while firmly capturing reality. The images are carefully edited, often directly through the camera’s viewfinder, to create complex, emotional stories that ultimately transgress the private/public boundaries.”

Prix Pictet Shortlist 2009: The Great Divide – where are all the women photographers?

There are a distinct lack of women photographers in the upper echelons of the industry and it seems that now is the time to start doing something about it. This is not a rally call for positive discrimination measures to be put in place to deal with structural inequalities, or for women to be given extra special consideration, but a call to take stock and look at where, and how far, we may have come.

Now’s the time to start to examine the contemporary landscape and reflect on what has, and is, happening. For example, I received the Prix Pictet Shortlist 2009 invitation for the preview of the shortlisted work and book launch. And surprise, surprise? Not one woman photographer has made it to the shortlist. Does this matter? Not if it is a one off, but sadly, I think this is a trend that persists, even as we approach 2010.

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