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Photo Shows Preview London – Look out for Stan Douglas at Victoria Miro and Laura Pannack at Gallery One and a Half

“Working within film and photography as his preferred medium, Douglas constructs life-size, cinematic mise-en-scene, which immerse the viewer into a complex, unknown and unfolding story.” From the press release.

Courtesy David Zwirner, New York and Victoria Miro, London © Stan Douglas. Hair, 1948, 2010. Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum

© Laura Pannack from the series Young British Naturists.

Ooops, I did it again! I pressed publish before I was ready, a slip of the finger. So, if you visited the blog and there was nothing to see, apologies. Today there’s a quick preview of two very different, but equally interesting, photo shows worth checking out.

Canadian artist Stan Douglas first gallery exhibition Midcentury Studio opens at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London on 18 April until 26 May, while Laura Pannack‘s first solo show Young British Naturists opens on 3 May and runs until 29 June at the Gallery One and a Half, so there’s plenty of time to visit both.

“Since the 1980s Stan Douglas has reappropriated key moments from history, precisely examining political, social and racial shifts, in an effort to deconstruct and reimagine their presupposed and foregone outcomes. Douglas appropriates the fantastical and hyper-real from Hollywood; murder mysteries, Westerns and film noir.

“He frames these minutely researched narratives within the borrowed literary constructs of Samuel Beckett, Herman Melville and Franz Kafka. Working within film and photography as his preferred medium, Douglas constructs life-size, cinematic mise-en-scene, which immerse the viewer into a complex, unknown and unfolding story.

“North American post-war press photographic reportage, and the authenticity of spontaneous off-guard documentation, were the genesis of his research. Anonymity of the photojournalist, his use of authentic 50s era technologies, and authentically dressed actors to portray the characters, affords Douglas the chance to create a series which, whilst being rooted in the contemporary evokes the aura and preoccupation with melodrama of the mid-century through the guise of jugglers, actresses, magicians, carnival curiosities, paparazzi and crime scene reportage. Through these individual casts of characters, Douglas carefully choreographs the underlying tension of the era.”

Courtesy David Zwirner, New York and Victoria Miro, London. © Stan Douglas. Juggler, 1946, 2010. Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum

“In Juggler, a middle-aged, primly dressed, pearl necklace wearing woman stands alone, outside in a dramatically lit garden, mid-toss as she juggles three butcher knives whilst stood on a single foot. Both hands full with the hilt of a knife; the third hovers precariously in mid-air above her head. Douglas in his choice of suspending the image at that precise moment in time, leaves the viewer uncertain of the outcome, when gravity invariably takes hold.” Excerpts from the press release.

Since Pannack graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008, she’s gone from strength to strength. Early in her career, she was the winner of the Hotshoe International Next Perspective Award (the year she graduated) so she’s been on our radar for years. She has a number of prizes under her belt and works on editorial and commercial work as well as personal projects. Last year, she scooped First prize in the World Press Photo Portrait Singles category as well as being a finalist in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. For her first solo show, Young British Naturists, Pannack  returns to her interest in youth culture and marginalised individuals.

© Laura Pannack from the series Young British Naturists.

© Laura Pannack from the series Young British Naturists.

“This project provides a mediation on the nature of portrait photography and highlights the traditional role nudity plays within art. What happens when we strip away the elements of personality that are tied to our perceptions of clothing and environment? We know nothing about those pictures – whether they are weathy, poor, educated, uneducated. Panack’s work liberates us from these limiting confines of judgement.

“Though unlike conventional representations, the images in this exhibition neither celebrate nor comment on nudity and human form, but rather on the body’s irrelevance when these strangers meet. Pannack’s subjects are connected and at peace with their identities. Their interest in naturism is not built on voyeurism or exhibitionism, but rather on the sensations their environments provoke; the cold water on their skin, the damp grass between their toes, the sun on their backs. These photographs challenge our assumptions, showing young people as who they are, removed from the trappings of contemporary life and expectation.” From the press release.

Photo News: Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Shortlist announced

The World Photography Organisation announces the shortlist for the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, the Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The 2012 competition has garnered increased worldwide interest with over 112,000 entries from 171 countries, with the shortlisted images depicting the stories of extraordinary lives from around the world.  The Professional competition reflects a turbulent year of global events with the war in Libya; the Greek and European economic crisis; the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and the fall of Gaddafi, in the Photojournalism & Documentary categories.  The shortlist for the Fine Art and Commercial categories gets to the very heart of daily life –  a small sheep-farming community in Iceland; the rice harvest in South China; a religious pilgrimage in Poland and gold diggers in Chile.

This year the honorary jury found the quality of work exceptionally strong across all categories, discovering many photographers new to the Sony World Photography Awards roster.  Manuel Geerinck (Belgium);  Lee Chee Wai (China); Alejandro Cartagena (Mexico), Irina Werning (Argentina); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu (Republic of the Congo) and Simon Norfolk (UK), are but a few of the new names to place as finalists and shortlisted photographers.

Returning photographers from previous years, include 2010 Professional Landscape winner, Peter Franck (Germany); who this year is a finalist in three categories; 2011 Professional Contemporary Issues and Current Affairs winner, Javier Arcenillas (Spain); and Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) whose stunningly dramatic image ‘Buffalo Race’ won the  Overall Open Competition in 2011.

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Photo shows opening soon – Photographers Laura Pannack and Peter Anderson

Untitled, Laura Pannack, courtesy the photographer

Happy New Year 2011 to all of you in cyberspace. To kick off the New Year, here are previews of two very different shows taking place in the UK. One is a solo show in Wales by World Press Photo 2010 Portrait winner (single image) Laura Pannack who will be exhibiting A Collection of her portraits at The Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.

Untitled, © Laura Pannack, photo courtesy of the photographer

Pannack has won and been runner up in a slew of competitions over the last couple of years which is no surprise as her portraits are both sensitively handled and well accomplished. For anyone in or near Cardiff from 15 January to 13 February, check out the Third Floor Gallery.

Untitled, © Laura Pannack, photo courtesy of the photographer

The second is a series Wildlife Photograms – cameraless images – by renowned UK music portrait photographer Peter Anderson. London–based photographer Anderson will be showing “a set of photograms which have been inspired by the experimental spirit of early art photography characterised by Man Ray and his Rayograms”. Image use for press is restricted to one image to maintain the element of surprise when seeing Anderson’s photograms for the first time on the gallery wall, as opposed to digitally online.

Anderson attended Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. He was a staff photographer at New Musical Express in the 1980s, and has also worked for publications including The Face, iD and Rolling Stone.

The show runs from 14 January – 5 February at The Book Club, London.

© Peter Anderson, courtesy of the photographer

Lisa Pritchard Agency Futures competition 2011 – call for five emerging photographers

You have until the 7 February to submit an application to join the LPA Futures division of the agency. Five photographers wanting to move their career forward will be selected by a panel of industry judges and announced in May 2011. Previous winners include Laura Pannack.

Hereford Photography Festival 2010 OPEN HERE submissions – Another photo stroll

© Becky Matthews, My Big Fat Ugandan Wedding

© Alicja Dobrucka, I like you I like you a lot, 2009

© Renhui Zhao, The Blind, 2009

This year Hereford Photography Festival’s OPEN HERE open submission received 200 applicants of which 23 were selected for the show. This year’s winner is Jason Larkin. However, visitors to the show can vote for their favourite photographer. The photographer with the most votes will receive £200 at the end of the show and the Public’s Prize.

A photo stroll around the exhibition at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts on the press trip, see earlier post.

I am interested in how the work has been exhibited as well as the Own Art scheme and the pricing of different works. As you can see, some works fall under the Own Art scheme and others don’t. As I understand, there is a cap – £1000 perhaps? – on the price of works falling under this scheme, something else to look into. Also, note the price variations related to the different types of prints for sale with C type prints priced higher.

The following photos are all shot on my iPhone again, so excuse the quality but they should give a flavour of the works in the show which range from work based squarely on scientific material themed around cancer by Noh Sang Ik, a surgical oncologist and photographer in South Korea, to works which could be described as emotive documentary.

Works by Alicja Dobrucka, Clare Park, Renhui Zhao, Noh Sang Ik, Laura Pannack and Evi Lemberger can be seen on another photo stroll around the
Open Here show which runs until 27 November.

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