Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection


Leicester Square, 1896, Paul Martin, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes, this new exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography.

Founded in 1853, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection is now held at the National Media Museum, Bradford as part of the National Photography Collection. With over 250,000 images, 8,000 items of photographic equipment and 31,000 books, periodicals and documents, it’s one of the most important and comprehensive photographic collections in the world.

In collaboration with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany, and with the support of The Royal Photographic Society, the Science Museum has made a selection of key treasures from this extraordinary collection.

Visitors can see some of the earliest known photographic images dating back to the 1820s, by pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron, alongside contemporary works by some of modern photography’s most influential figures, such as Don McCullin, Terry O’Neill and Martin Parr.

Key artefacts from the history of photography, such as Nièpce’s heliographs and Fox Talbot’s experimental cameras, will also be on display.

Visit Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection to discover stories behind some of the world’s most famous photographers and their works, and explore how photography has fundamentally shaped our perception of the world.

After its run in London, Drawn by Light will go on show at the National Media Museum, Bradford from 20 March – 21 June 2015.

Visit: sciencemuseum.org.uk

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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker – Exhibition coming up!

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2014

‘The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987.  This major show will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

Guy Bourdin’s editorial and advertising imagery represent a highpoint in late twentieth century fashion photography. His work took the basic function of the fashion photograph -to sell clothing, beauty and accessories- and made it into something rich and strange. Bourdin did this without resorting to exoticism; instead, he established the idea that the product is secondary to the image. From his professional debut for Paris Vogue in the 1950s, Bourdin developed a distinctive style of visual storytelling which continues to serve as a source of inspiration to contemporary fashion photographers from Tim Walker to Nick Knight.’

© The Guy Bourdin Estate, 2014

‘Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shelly Verthime, the exhibition will include over 100 colour exhibition prints of Bourdin’s most significant works, as well as early and late works in black and white that serve to challenge Bourdin’s reputation as a colour photographer. This is complimented by a range of other photographic materials: unique Polaroid test shots, double-page spread layouts, contact sheets and transparencies marked for composition that explore Bourdin’s craftsmanship as an image maker and the processes involved in producing startling and provocative imagery in a pre-digital age. It also highlights Bourdin as a pioneer of fashion film, showcasing a range of Super-8 films he made at the same time as his on-location photo shoots.

The exhibition will also feature a selection of paintings, working drawings, sketches and notebooks, not seen in the UK before, which inform his approach as an compositional image-maker and meticulous draughtsman.  A highlight will be the ‘Walking Legs’ series – a campaign commissioned by Charles Jourdan in 1979 exhibited in its entirety for the first time with a yet unseen accompanying fashion film.’

Opens 27 November 2014
Full exhibition details can be found here: somersethouse.org.uk

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Open For Business

Mark Power, Bombardier, Open for Business

Mark Power, Bombardier, Open for Business

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry. From traditional, handmade crafts, foundries and assembly lines to modern, intelligent automation, laboratories and high-tech cleanrooms, this economic sector demonstrates an extraordinary adaptability and diversity.

Discover a different side of London in the work of award-winning American street photographer, Bruce Gilden, who focuses on the varied manufacturing taking place in the city. Creating unflinching portraits of workers at the Tate & Lyle and Vauxhall factories, Gilden demonstrates the physical impact of work, and raises questions about the social responsibilities of companies to their employees.

As British industry faces several challenges, Open for Business reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

Visit: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk, www.openforbusiness.uk.com

Until: Sunday 2 November


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Fanø – An exhibition by Nick JS Thompson

© Nick JS Thompson 

“A wound never heals so well that it leaves no scar.” – Danish proverb. 

Nick JS Thompson’s documentation of the varied remnant military structures of the Atlantic Wall on the small island of Fanø, Denmark explores the architecture of war.

The private view of Nick JS Thompson’s exhibition, “Fanø” is on Thursday 6th November, 6-9pm, at Doomed Gallery, Dalston. 

Exhibition Runs: 6th November – 9th November
Private View: Thursday 6th November, 6-9pm

This show is part of Photomonth (www.photomonth.org)

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Open Call! – One Eyed Jacks


Brighton’s One Eyed Jacks is pleased to announce the launch of its first Open Call to promote the works of lens-based artists from across the world. Winners will have their work shown at the gallery as part of a group show for a month from 07 January 2015. The Open Call will begin a series of submission-based shows over the coming years juried by a single person with a unique vision. The first show will be curated by British Journal of Photography’s Senior Reporter, Gemma Padley.
The show will feature a private view on the opening night, and all the usual marketing efforts in the locality and on the national and international stage via our extensive mailing list. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have your work shown in a gallery context and to build up your exhibition CV.

Image: Peter Williams 

Juror’s selection:
Director’s selection: £300
Honourable mentions: 2 x £100 

The exhibition is open to all photographers worldwide, both amateur and professional. One Eyed Jacks invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Usage rights: Each artist retains full copyright of their images. Artist recognition is provided with all use. By submitting works for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant One Eyed Jacks gallery the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting exhibitions and the artist, and subsequent display on the gallery’s website. Images may also be placed on One Eyed Jacks’ social network channels with an artist credit for promotional purposes. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from the gallery.

Closing date Midnight Saturday 01 November
Follow this link for more information and how to enter - oneeyedjacksgallery.com

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Save the Children International Photography Commission (For aged 18-30)

 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

Calling all IdeasTap members!

IdeasTap have teamed up with Save the Children and Magnum Photos to give one lucky IdeasTap member the photography opportunity of a lifetime.
Right from the beginning, photography has been at the heart of Save the Children’s campaigns. Documenting real people, in their environment, and sharing their personal experiences with mass audiences, is key to the charity’s visual communications.
One applicant will win the opportunity to undertake an international photographic commission in Central America for Save the Children. The winner will be mentored during the trip by Magnum photographer Alex Webb and also win £1,000 from IdeasTap.  

All you need to do is submit a photo essay of five to 10 images, which documents a community and illustrates how its residents relate to their environment. The series must include at least one portrait, contextual images and be in colour. One winner will be selected by a panel of industry judges at the beginning of November. Judges include Alex Webb and Jess Crombie, head of visual creative for Save the Children. The judges are looking for a photographer with a strong sense of style and excellent technical ability. 

The assignment will take place sometime between 19 November and 5 December (only enter if you will be available to travel at this time). The purpose of this trip will be to gather stories that can be used in the media about how climate change is affecting children in the region.

Closing date Friday 24 October 2014 at 5pm BST
Follow this link for more info and to enter – ideastap.com

Don’t forget applicants must be aged between 18-30. Good Luck! 

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‘Francesca Woodman | Zigzag’, at Victoria Miro Mayfair, 9 Sep to 4 Oct

francesca-woodman-exhibition-victoria-miro-mayfair-1 ‘Untitled’ New York, 1979-80 © Victoria Miro

When was the last time you saw some photography that really inspired you?

Throughout September, the Victoria Miro Mayfair gallery is showing the work of Francesca Woodman, a highly regarded American artist who photographed prolifically during her short lived life.

The theme of this exhibition unusually considers the underlying geometrical forms that reoccur throughout Woodman’s photographs. Typically it has been the surreal and symbolic elements that have been prominent, but here you are asked to look into the composition, the lines and angles, and particularly the shape of the zig zag. Woodman’s father has said, “Domination by a zig-zag motif is very rare… It creates a world of flux without horizon, a rhythmic oscillation.”

Seeing this work in an art gallery, who’s artists include the likes of Grayson Perry and Chris-Ofili seems fitting, as you’re invited to view her work as art, and away from the ever cascading sea of imagery that surrounds our daily lives.

Why not take an afternoon to have a quiet stroll through this exhibition, and see if you can spot some zig zags, and perhaps a dozen more underlying themes that are present in Woodman’s work, and maybe, just maybe this could be the inspiration you have been looking for.

‘Francesca Woodman | Zigzag’ runs at Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London, W1S 1FE, until 4 October 2014.

Find out more here – www.victoria-miro.com

Francesca-Woodman-Victoria-Miro-Mayfair ‘Untitled’ MacDowell/Stanwood, 1979-80 © Victoria Miro

Francesca-Woodman-Victoria-Miro-Mayfair ‘Untitled’ Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 © Victoria Miro

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Photographer Simon Urwin

We’re really excited to share with you the work of photographer Simon Urwin, who has his photographs in two articles in the August issue of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine.

Simon is a long term friend of Photography Course London and we were thrilled to receive this latest surprise in the post! He has been travelling around Laos in Southeast Asia and capturing the stunning Buddhist temples, amazing food and truly stunning architecture and it’s design.

But he hasn’t stopped there. Simon also has another article which he also wrote,
‘The Photographer’s Story’, where he talks about the amazing work of the tile maker of Herat, Afghanistan.
With a selection of gorgeously coloured photographs, this story really makes you appreciate the beauty of the mosques and the effort that goes into making these truly spectacular pieces of art.

Below are a few sneaky shots but make sure to check out both the articles in full in the August issue of the magazine!

© Lonely Planet Traveller

‘The Photographers Story’

© Simon Urwin

© Simon Urwin

You can see more of Simon’s work on his website - www.simonurwin.com
Lonely Planet Traveller magazine  - www.lonelyplanet.com

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Award winning tutor! “Prix de la Photographie, Paris”

PCL tutor and photographer Tariq Zaidi has won several awards in the recent ‘Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3)’ competition – www.px3.fr

This competition is Europe’s biggest professional photography competition with entires from per 85 countries across the world. The ‘Prix de la Photographie Paris’ strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging taint and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community in paris.

Tariq has won the 4 following awards -

First prize in the Portraiture category with ‘Women of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia’
First prize in the Fine Art category with ‘The Tire, Kids in Danakil Series, Ethiopia’
Second place in the Portraiture category with ‘Eclipse’
Third prize in the Portraiture category with ‘Stilt Walkers’

‘Women of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia’

‘The Tire, Kids in Danakil Series, Ethiopia’


‘Stilt Walkers’

All photos © Tariq Zaidi

For more of Tariq’s work, visit his website - www.tariqzaidi.com

Tariq currently delivers the Documentary and Photojournalism module on our Advanced DSLR Photography course.

You can see all of the winning entires and find out more about this competition here – www.px3.fr

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London Underground

There’s a great new photography exhibition on show at The Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch at the moment that you really need to see.

Street photographer Bob Mazzer has been photographing on the tube for the past 30 years. On his daily commute when he used to work as a projectionist in a porn cinema, Mazzer would snap the activity that surrounded him on the tube and he has continued to do so ever since.
This exhibition houses a great collection of images from the 1970′s and 1980′s that document the goings on, fashions, daily life and humour of Londoners as they travel on the London underground.

The exhibition is showing until 13th July at the Howard Griffin gallery and and extra bonus is that it’s free so there’s not excuse to miss this one!

image-1 © Bob Mazzer

image-2 © Bob Mazzer

image-3 © Bob Mazzer

image-4 © Bob Mazzer

image© Bob Mazzer

All the exhibition details can be found here - howardgriffingallery.com

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