David Lynch is back, and he's showing new fantastic photography at la Maison Européenne de Photographie
: "Small Stories
". (European House of Photography). This, in case you're in Paris, from Jan 15th to March 16th.
But if you're in London, from Jan 17th to March 30th, you can see at The Photographers Gallery
: David Lynch "The Factory Photographs
"; William S. Burroughs "Taking Shots
" and Andy Warhol with his Photographs from 1976 to 1987
The street photographer I share with you this week was a man born in Great Britain an entire century before Winogrand and Friedlander. His name was John Thomson (1837-1921) and it is known that he traveled the Far East taking photographs during much of the period between 1860-1879. When he returned to London, he began taking documentary photographs of everyday people on the streets of London. Via madamjujujive
Every few minutes of the day, all over the capital, people gather into small groups to share the same space and fleeting moment in time... simply to wait for something routine and forgettable as a London bus. In transient, with time to kill, and often among strangers, each collection of these individuals proves completely unique from the next. Each collection provides a little insight into London's incredible diversity, how they relate to their surroundings, and each other. The very deliberate intention with By the Bus Stop
, was to capture those little moments which happen spontaneously, when the meeting of individuals is completely left to chance. [more inside]
'The life of the city is infinite and unknowable; all we can do is look and report on what we find.' The London Column
presents images of the city over the last sixty years, from the Festival of Britain to the present, a highly eclectic mix but with an emphasis on the everyday
, the down-at-heel
, the neglected
and the unexpected
. The compiler, David Secombe (formerly of Esoteric London
), admits to 'a certain creeping cynicism towards the looming Olympic bunfight'
. Like London itself, the site isn't easy to navigate, but the best way to browse is to go to the gallery
page and follow the images that take your fancy.
Not content with displacing the poor
, menacing photographers
and blocking ambulances
the london olympics now wants ground-to-air missiles
, presumably to shoot down rogue skywriters who might misuse it's brand
Some of his photographs are odd
. Others are just creepy
. But thanks to his hobby of photographing young women with a hidden camera, Edward Linley Sambourne
(1844-1910) has left us a fascinating series of images of street fashion in Edwardian London
. [some photos NSFW]
is a London-based professional panoramic photographer. His work comprises cityscapes
, landscape panoramas
and 360 virtual tours
. There is an emphasis on capturing images at a massive resolution
. This one of Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai
is my favorite. Will takes time for fun too with The Rain Project
The Big Egg Hunt around the streets of London
209 big fibreglass eggs distributed around different areas of London, in an attempt to break the world record for the largest Easter Egg hunt. The eggs appeared overnight on Tuesday 21st February (Shrove Tuesday) and will be on the streets until Easter Sunday. [more inside]
is a London based and Nigerian born photographer. Recent exhibits have covered the region's beauty
admist the local effects of the oil industry
"On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4. All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers. All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action. This is what happened.
" (The actual video starts at 1:14.)
is a website that lets people upload pictures of attractive men they've seen on the Tube (i.e., the London Underground
, for the benefit of nonUKians), along with varying degrees of lechery. It came to wider attention the middle of last month when the Evening Standard ran a fairly lighthearted fluff piece
on it, but there are some
that this is at least slightly unkosher not only for its instrusiveness, but also because they suggest its reception has been somewhat smoother than would be the case if it encouraged taking similar pictures of women on the tube. Others offer the thought
that ogling different genders is given different contexts by societal attitudes to gender, and that, therefore, its all a bit more OK than it seems. Others still prefer to examine it through the lens of art history
Here is an 80-gigapixel panoramic photo of London
made from 7886 individual images. This panorama was shot from the top of the Centre Point building in central London, in the summer of 2010. [more inside]
The National Portrait Gallery's
Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize shortlist for 2010 has been announced. Among the entries, and causing a small ripple of controversy, is Panayiotis Lamprou's Portrait of My British Wife
, which is reopening up where mainstream sensibilities of the border between art of and voyeurism lie. The photo features Lamprou's wife Christina looking directly at the camera. Wearing no knickers
. [Links are SFW. NSFW links appropriately flagged on the pages themselves] [more inside]
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
is an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London which examines voyeurism through the medium of photography. In addition to works from professionals such as Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lee Miller, Shizuka Yokomizo, Guy Bourdin, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe, it includes amateur and CCTV "stolen" images taken both with and without the knowledge of their subjects
-- all intended to "explore the uneasy relationship between making and viewing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety." [more inside]
Between the art nudes and fashion shots, Doug Kim's Chasing Light
photography blog (front page mildly NSFW, archives more-so) is fast becoming a secret museum of photography with examples and insightful quotes from great photographers. One need go back only as far as December for posts on Dennis Hopper's photography
, Mary Ellen Mark's on set photography
, Annie Liebovitz on Hunter S. Thompson
, Jousef Koudelka on The Soviet invasion of Prague
, Robert Frank's visit to London and Wales
, and Akira Kurosawa's group compositions in Seven Samurai
is a Flickr set by photographer IanVisits
of London on Christmas morning when the city is (almost
) denuded of people. Very disorienting if you've been to London (or any major city, really). I got this via William Gibson's blog and I'll let him describe it in his inimitable way: "Christmas, particularly in the early morning, has always seemed so much more liminal to me than New Year's eve. Spectral, deeply in-between [...] something about the way in which traffic, pedestrian and vehicular, controls one's depth of field, fragmenting and animating the experience."
One minute and four seconds in London, 1904
. Birkbeck College professor Ian Christie rediscovered
this footage in an archive in Canberra, shot for a travelogue by film pioneer Charles Urban
Forty years ago, Swinging London was yet to swing. Everything was in black and white and, in class-bound Britain, fashion photographers were trades-men – polite, smart, seen but not heard. A new breed of snappers changed all that – Terry O’Neill, Brian Duffy, David Bailey and Terence Donovan. Bailey and Donovan started their careers in the West End studio of the doyen of fashion photographers – John French. [more inside]
George Plemper's extensive photographic record of south London working
from the 70s and early 80s, in particular children at Riverside
school Thamesmead, was left hidden away in carrier bags for three decades. Now he's put it on Flicker
- a new work by Gilbert & George, available for download until 11:35pm on the 10th of May.
A Thousand Faces
Photographer Hal Satterthwaite photographed a thousand people in Walthamstow, which is in north-east London. It's a multi-racial, multi-cultural area, and the photographs reflect this beautifully. Related article
from The Times.
I had intended to link to various pictures, but for me the delight was finding the faces I liked best by browsing the site. I even found a friend in there.
Inner City Youth, London
"In 2002, Simon Wheatley
began photographing London's publich housing developments...and was able to obtain a level of intimacy with his subjects that provides a true picture of the daunting project of growing up in the intimate confines of drug use, societal neglect, and poverty."
This (Flash-based) narrated slideshow features Wheatley's work, and is a look at the culture...and also the music (grime
) "as an artistic response to the place and circumstance, an expression of the violence, bleakness, and neglect..." (via Future Feeder
New Year's Eve From Around the World.
panoramas from the first few minutes of 2006 in New York
and elsewhere. [Note
: Some of the panoramas also have sound]
The Way We See It
is a fairly new photo site where each week a group of photographers visit and capture a different part of London in their own style, with frequently impressive results
Pinhole photographs of London and New York
"I am walking London Underground's Circle Line. On the tube it ordinarily it takes a little over an hour. I'll be doing it on foot, taking slow pinhole photographs, between two stations at a time." Plenty of other stuff on the site
Photographs of London Underground Stations
Taken on black and white film, then coloured in photoshop. A nice example
A gently melancholy collection of photographs of abandoned shops, hospitals, housing estates, public lavatories, and much more. See also Britannia Moribundia
, on the national obsession with dinginess and decay. This is where England most truly excels: in all the characterful shabbiness of its drizzled parks, soiled launderettes, frayed tailors, abject chemists .. and cowed solitary cafes.
Photos by Matt Stuart
- the weird and wonderful around London.