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Photo show review Simon Roberts’ Pierdom Brighton & Photofusion SALON/15 award night

Today, here are some links to work published online recently—a review of Simon Roberts‘ photo exhibition, Pierdom on at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery until 21 February.


And another post, The Big Night Out, over at Photofusion‘s website covering the Photofusion SALON/15 PV in December. I also write about my selection process, special mentions and the winner of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2015, Anthony Carr.




UK photographer Simon Roberts calls for public to send in photographs for The Election Project

Ahead of the UK May 6 election, photographer Simon Roberts is asking members of the public to be part of the first UK mass political photography project of its kind.

© Simon Roberts, Election Gallery, The Election Project

Documentary photographer Simon Roberts has been commissioned as the official Election Artist by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art to follow the campaign activity up to Election Day and to generate works of art based on his experience. Work will be exhibited in Portcullis House and will also enter the Parliamentary Art Collection as a historic record of the event. Roberts says:

“Alongside my own photographs, I’m calling for members of the public to contribute their own photographs of political activity in their area. The submitted photograph will be displayed on The Election Project online gallery and some will be exhibited in the House of Commons later in the year. The General Election is, by definition, a democratic process. Your contributions will add a vital collaborative and democratic dimension to the project.

“If you have a photograph relating to the 2010 UK General Election you can upload, email or text it. Your photographs could be of anything that is connected to the election: local party members canvassing on your street, images of the battle buses, campaign posters, crowds gathering listening to political speeches, campaign hustings in the village hall, election photo calls or photographs related to local issues that you feel should be addressed by those candidates canvassing for your vote. There is no ‘correct’ photo, so please send them in.”

UPLOAD TO: The Election Project

EMAIL: pics@theelectionproject.co.uk or TEXT: 07541 380 888

You can see some examples of work submitted already in the gallery here and there’s a three-minute BBC interview where Roberts discusses the project and shows us his Ebony 5×4 plate camera. “It’s not particularly portable,” he says. “It’s old school  but it takes fantastic pictures.”

Photographers, Photography and Blogs

As well as having a website many photographers also have blogs. The reasons for having a blog are numerous; you may want to share your thoughts on photography with like-minded people and pass on information and news. Then again, you may want to use a blogging platform to research and develop photographic ideas and engage with different audiences. Whatever your reasons, and they are not mutually exclusive, the following blogs are worth a peek:

Toby Smith Blog – Smith is working on a new body of work The Renewables Project to document the sustainable ‘alternatives’ available and is spending two months on-location to produce 12 large-scale images. “Living out of my van throughout the months of February and March, I hope to capture the dynamic Scottish landscape and wealth of renewables it has to offer,” he writes on his blog. His aim is also “to raise awareness and encourage discussion and debate amongst public and industry facing audiences.” To do this, Smith is documenting his working practice and is also running a social media campaign “to engage as many audiences as possible”.

Simon Roberts wrote a blog while on the road for We English which served as a document of his four-month trip around England. It also assisted in his research for the project as people could follow his journey via the blog and comment with suggestions for places and events to document.

Little Brown Mushroom Blog – where you can find photographer Alec Soth’s inspired postings – his archived blog can be found on the Blogroll pages on this site – as well as a comprehensive call of other photographers’ sites

Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo wins World Press Photo of the Year 2009

World Press Photo of the Year 2009 Pietro Masturzo, Italy. Women shouting on a rooftop in protest to the presidential election results, Tehran, Iran, 24 June

Italian freelance photographer Pietro Masturzo has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2009. The photo shows women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran and is part of a story depicting the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran, when people shouted their dissent from roofs and balconies, after daytime protests in the streets. The story as a whole was awarded first prize in the category People in the News. Masturzo will receive the award at a ceremony held in Amsterdam in May. He also receives cash prize of €10,000, a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit.

Judges comments on the winning photo
Jury chair Ayperi Karabuda Ecer said: “The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story. It adds perspectives to news. It touches you both visually and emotionally, and my heart went out to it immediately.”

Fellow juror Guy Tillim commented: “The difficulty in photographing conflict situations is one of portraying the parallel lives involved, of people going on with their lives. This picture has made a very good attempt at marrying these two elements, in giving the conflict a context – and that is a holy grail of photography. The photographer does it with a very beautiful image of an Iranian landscape, which would be worth looking at in itself. But it also arouses our curiosity about the woman shouting – incorporating this moment, the importance of this historical event. It represents a very honest and successful attempt at taking forward our vocabulary of showing things.”

Juror Kate Edwards said: “The photo has a powerful sense of atmosphere, tension, fear – but also of quietness and calm, and in this sense was a challenge as a choice. We were looking for an image that drew you in, took you deeper, made you think more – not just about showing what we already know, but something that asks more of us.”

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Call for entries for 2010 Voies Off Prize and World Photography Awards plus HotShoe International news – Delayed Fabulous Friday Round Up

Apologies this week for a delayed round up of photo news (blame it on the snow which has created mini havoc here in London). With a new year in full swing, it’s time to look ahead to what’s coming up. You still have over a month to enter the 2010 Voies Off Prize – an open call international competition, while for younger photographers – 12-18 years – there’s a call from the World Photography Award. Rounding off the post, there’s some Hot News from HotShoe Gallery and and Hotshoe Books

© Amaury da Cunha, nominated for the Voies Off Prize 2009, photo courtesy of Voies Off

“Be part of the photographic alternative and participate in the 2010 Voies Off prize”, the press release announces. Open to all regardless of age or nationality, participants in the 2010 Voies Off prize are “amateur or professional photographers, artists, associations, collectives, groups, galleries, agencies, or schools using photography as their medium”. Every July, the Voies Off prize is awarded by a jury of renowned professionals to “an artist for the clarity of his/her vision and the high quality of his/her work.”

“Voies Off has offered an alternative approach to emerging contemporary photography, its particularities, its evolutions, and its areas of resistance.” Since 1996, the Voies Off festival has been advocating for the role of photography in contemporary art and other various creative practices, providing them with an international stage during the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival in Arles, France, and an alternative venue “for international photographic creation”.

Nightly projections take place during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival (first full week in July) in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace. Other events include daily portfolio reviews, professional “mornings,” and several thematic exhibitions. All events are free except for portfolio reviews. “Over twenty different nationalities are represented at each festival. Every year over sixty candidates are selected for the programme of the night-projections.

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