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Photo News with a Gallery theme – Another Soggy Wednesday in London

© Jane Hilton, Dead Eagle Trail

Today’s post has a gallery theme with some statistics on visitor numbers, a couple of exhibitions opening in London but focused on America and Russia, as well as  a collecting art scheme from the Arts Council England for UK-based galleries.

Almost 40 million visitors went to galleries and art fairs in the UK last year, according to a press release issued today by the Whitechapel Gallery. It reports that, “On the last day of the financial year galleries across the UK reported record numbers of people coming through their doors over the last 12 months. Public galleries, private galleries and art fairs across the UK saw 38,905,533 million visitors* for the 09/10 financial year, an increase of 3.2% from 2008/09. *Attendance figures provided by over 350 organisations.

“Art has never been so popular, with exhibitions attracting bigger crowds than football matches. Visits to galleries and art fairs outstripped tickets to football matches attendance by over 13 million. A groundswell of hundreds of organisations contributed to the figures – from Tate Modern to HICA in Invernesshire, from small experimental spaces to the Frieze Art Fair.

“Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, said, ‘There is a huge appetite for art in Britain. At the recently expanded Whitechapel Gallery we have received almost half a million visitors in the last 12 months – an increase of 120%. In these challenging times it demonstrates everyone increasingly values a direct experience of art.”

With this in mind, I point you to Jane Hilton‘s book launch and show Dead Eagle Trail (see photograph) opening from April 21 until 15 May at Host Gallery, London. I interviewed Jane for HotShoe (February/March issue) about the evolution of the work and present an extract from the feature Dead Eagle Trail.  Also, there’s a  show at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London Glasnost: Soviet non-conformist art from the 1980s from 16 April to 26 June.

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HotShoe contemporary photography magazine NEW issue out now with Rimaldas Viksraitis, Melanie Manchot and Stanley Greene

The new issue of bimonthly photo magazine HotShoe magazine is out now. The February/March issue includes an interview with Lithuanian photographer and last year’s Arles Discovery winner Rimaldas Viksraitis, a feature on visual artist Melanie Manchot, whose show Celebration is at the Whitechapel Gallery in London until 14 March, as well as a review of legendary documentary photographer, Stanley Greene’s new book, Black Passport.

Follow the links below to view a PDF of the cover and contents pages or above as a page-turning version. If you select View Mode: Book, you will then be able to turn over the pages whenever you see the cursor change to a hand. You can zoom in and out also.

HotShoe International Feb-Mar 2010

Photo News and Shows Saturday Extras

News of these photo events with Stanley Greene, Sophie Calle, JH Engström and Visa Pour l’Image 2009 came through yesterday. Some of you may be interested:


Visa Pour L’Image 2009, Perpignan, France. 21st International Festival of Photojournalism from 29 August – 13 September.

Some of the world best picture editors selected a shortlist from all the reports seen over the past year (both published and unpublished), with four nominees in each category. A second jury meets in Perpignan to choose the final winners. Here are the nominees:

Visa d’Or Features Category :

  • Miquel Dewever-Plana / Agence Vu: Guatemala. The Other War
  • Jérôme Sessini / Œil Public for Le Monde 2 and the Figaro Magazine: Drug Trafficking in Mexico. So far from God, too close to the USA
  • Callie Shell / Aurora Photos / Cosmos for Time Magazine: Barack Obama
  • Zalmaï: Afghanistan. Promises and Lies. The human cost of the war on terror

Visa d’Or News Category :

  • Walter Astrada / Agence France-Presse: Bloodbath in Madagascar
  • Enrico Dagnino / 2e Bureau for Paris Match: Forced Return
  • Wojtek Grzedzinski / Dziennik / Napo Images: The Georgian Conflict
  • Dominic Nahr / Œil Public: Democratic Republic of Congo. The Road to Nowhere.



© Stanley Greene, NOOR Photo Agency, Visa pour l'Image 2009, courtesy of Visa Pour l'Image

Stanley Green, from NOOR Photo Agency, who is “one of the most exhibited photographers in Perpignan” returns to Visa Pour L’image 2009. Greene is known for his work in Iraq, Chechyna, Afghanistan and Darfur, but his new show The Western Front marks a departure as it draws on “photographs taken from 1975-1985 – Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll… going back over the wild years”.


The first UK retrospective of “leading French contemporary artist Sophie Calle” at The Whitechapel Gallery 16 October 2009 – 3 January 2010. The exhibition will bring together “12 key works from the late 1970s to the present including the acclaimed installation, Prenez Soin De Vous, (Take Care of Yourself), 2007″. Tate Britain put on Art Now: Sophie Calle in 1998.



© JH Engström, courtesy Still Moving Engstrom workshop 2009

JH Engström Workshop London Sunday 8 to Thursday 12 November 2009

Swedish photographer JH Engström will be giving the second STILL/MOVING workshop in November.

“Celebrated internationally for his unique style of exploratory and expressive life-based photography, Engström is an experienced giver of workshops, developing the teaching methods of his friend and mentor Anders Petersen, who was himself taught by the great Christer Strömholm. Aged 40, Engström has already created some of the most highly sought after photography books, particularly Trying to Dance, and this summer he consolidated his reputation by winning the Rencontres d’Arles 2009 Book Award with From Back Home, his collaborative project with Anders Petersen.

The workshop will be open to 10 applicants who need not necessarily be professional photographers. Applicants should be open and willing to challenge their own photographic practice during what promises to be a unique and intense week.

The workshop will take place in Hackney, London, UK and will run from 10am – 6pm for 5 days.

Cost: approx £500 (depending on funding – will not go up, hopefully will go down)

To apply please send the following to info@stillmoving.org

– a brief note about yourself

– a brief note about your work and why you think you would benefit from this workshop

– 10 to 15 low resolution images and a link to your website (if available)

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 27 September. We will confirm by email whether places have been successful or not by Sunday, 4 October.


JH Engström will be In Conversation with a special invited guest on Monday 9 November at Campbell Works Gallery in Stoke Newington, Hackney, London, UK.

This event is open to the public. RSVP for the In Conversation talks@stillmoving.org