First Book Award – 2015 Winner

The winner of this years First Book Award and getting his book published by MACK is Irish photographer Ciarán Oìg Arnold. His book ‘I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again’ documents troubled men of his home town during post recession Ireland. Arnold says,

“When you live there, your mind is heightened with a kind of psychological intensity. It’s hard to get that negative atmosphere across in photographs.”

However, we think this comes across in his images quite effortlessly.

“It wasn’t my intention to create a style or an aesthetic, but that grainy look become one as I continued working. It’s really down to the fact that I was so broke for most of the time I was shooting these images that I mostly used the 200 ASA Kodak film you are given free when you pick up your snaps from a chemists.”

Check out some of the images from Arnolds award winning book below!

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All images from the series I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed. but all I could do was to get drunk again © Ciarán Óg Arnold

This book is £20.00 and available for pre-order at: mackbooks.co.uk

For more information about the First Book Awards click here!

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Conflict, Time, Photography – The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern have put on an exhibition to coincide with the Centenary of the First World War. Conflict, Time, Photography documents the effects of conflict, from seconds after an event to hundreds of years after a war has ended. Edited by Simon Baker with Shoair Mavlian, this is a really remarkable look into the effects of war, by different artists interpretations.

Walking through the exhibition, you start with images made just moments after events have occurred and progress through to see the effects or war months and then years later.

Here are some of the images that we found most thought provoking..

Moments Later:

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Don McCullin, Shell Shocked US Marine, Vietnam, Hue. 1968.

This iconic image was taken by Don McCullin as he travelled with American Marines to the city of Hue during the Vietnam War. The city was destroyed and America suffered heavy casualties. The expression on the Marines face highlights the shock of war with immediate effect for those fighting, but also reminds us of the longer lasting effects this would have had. In the writing that accompanied this image Don McCullin states that this type of image would not be allowed today due to embedding (explained below), bringing to light the problems with the media today and its representation of current affairs.

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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, The Press Conference, June, 2008, The Day Nobody Died. 2008.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin travelled to Afghanistan in 2008 to be embedded with the British Army. Embedding was a way the army controlled the way journalists could report on the war. Rather than taking photographs, each day they would roll out 7 meters of photographic paper and expose it to the sun for 20 seconds. This particular strip was exposed on one very unusual day, the day that no body died. The title of this image brings to our attention the sheer number of casualties there have been, almost as effectively as if we were seeing actual photographs of the devastation. However it somewhat diminishes the level of fear and guilt that we maybe are supposed to feel.

Days, Weeks, Months Later:

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Matsumoto Eiichi, Shadow of a Soldier Remaining on the Wooden Wall of the Nagasaki Military Headquarters. 1945.

What at first looks like it might be a shadow is revealed to in fact be the remains of a Japanese Guard after a blast. Something that Conflict, Time, Photography does well throughout is present us with an absence of presence. It strays from conventional war images of people in pain and fear but still perfectly demonstrates the horrors and losses encountered.

Years Later:

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Jim Goldberg, Open See (Democratic Republic of Congo). 2008.

Although much of this exhibition emphasises the emotional impact of war, there are some examples of the physical scars left behind by war. In the image above and throughout an ongoing project, Jim Goldberg explores “new Europeans” – illegal immigrants, refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe. Goldberg speaks to and photographs people in Africa, many of whom have been trafficked or tortured and left with deep physical and emotional scars.

10 – 25 Years Later:

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Shomei Tomatsu, 11:02 Nagasaki. 1961 – 1966.

Shomei Tomatsu looks at the after effects of the bombing of Nagasaki. Mainly images of physical injuries, they are a harrowing look at how people are living with the constant reminder of war. Although made with artistic aestheticism, this doesn’t detract from the hard hitting content within. Although years have passed, people are still enduring the aftermath and the mental and physical scars.

80 – 100 Years Later:

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Chloe Dewe Mathews, Shot at Dawn. 2013.

In this series, Chloe Dewe Mathews revisited the sites where deserters were killed during the World Wars, at the same time and day as the executions, one hundred years later. The images are a reminder that although the landscape may no longer show it, these events will live on in the memory and friends and family.

This exhibition is a very unique look into the effects of war throughout the years. Each room offers a new view point and a look at how conflict affects people and the landscape.

Unlike most other harrowing and graphic depictions of war, Conflict, Time, Photography manages to get to the heart of the consequences of war through artistic exploration without aestheticising it in any way.

It is a striking and truly emotional and captivating collection of works. Simon Baker has done a beautiful job curating the exhibition and it is a definite ‘must see!’

Exhibition closes: 15 March 2015

For tickets visit: tate.org.uk

Post by: Laura Seaman / PCL

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PCL Interview with Photographer Bashar Alaeddin

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© Bashar Alaeddin. ‘Steve’. Taken on the Portraiture Masterclass

Tuck into our very first interview, with talented photographer Bashar Alaeddin who recently attended our Portraiture Masterclass with tutor Bill Ling. Bashar took such striking images on the day, we couldn’t help but share them with you! Read on to find out what Bashar thought of the course, and to get an insight into his personal photographic work…

1. Hi Bashar. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how photography plays a part in your day-to-day life?

​I’m a digital photographer and videographer based in Amman, Jordan. I’ve been doing it professionally for about 8yrs now, balancing my studio work doing commercial and advertising-based jobs and my personal work travelling and documenting Arabian culture through the middle-east region.​

2. Why did you want to attend our Portraiture Masterclass?

​I mainly wanted to learn a few lighting techniques which I did. And I think the most effective part was seeing how, with just one light source, you can create a vast number of different moods and effects. I’ve been working a lot with food, products and interior and decided to get into portrait photography more and this is why I signed up for this class. ​

3. How was the course? Did you achieve what you had hoped?

​Yes, the class was great. Bill let us get hands-on with the lights throughout the day and it was perfect to see the differentiation on the screen when moving the light around the subject. Very practical and useful for me as I prefer to visualise it in front of me than to see what other influential photographers have done in a presentation-sense.​

4. What’s next for you and your photography?

​Well I’m back in Amman, Jordan now and have taken more fashion and portrait work and developing my skills and techniques one job at a time.

5. Thanks Bashar. Finally, do you have a question for us?

​Nope. Thanks so much for everything. I do plan on signing up for the Darkroom workshop. Hopefully if you’re giving it, as I’ll be in London again soon…​

For further viewing we recommend taking a look at his contemporary portrait / photo-documentary series about Arab tattoos in the Arab world – www.arabink.me, and these amazing food photos, guaranteed to make your mouth water – www.adasat.co/food

Follow Bashar on FacebookInstagram,​ ​Twitter & 500px.

Visit www.adasat.co

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© Bashar Alaeddin. ‘Ben’. Taken on the Portraiture Masterclass
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© Bashar Alaeddin. ‘Laura’. Taken on the Portraiture Masterclass

Post by: Leela Axon / PCL

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Our new newsletter is coming!

Here at PCL we’ve been working on a brand new newsletter, which aims to bring some exciting treats direct to your inbox!

You’ll be the first to hear when we launch a new course, and we’ll be bringing you highly exclusive offers and competitions – for our newsletter subscribers only!

Other treats will be Q & A’s with our talented students and tutors, PCL recommended photo-exhibitions, and for the future…video tutorials so you can try out some cool Photoshop techniques or scratch up on your rights as a Street Photographer!

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Win tickets to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, in our latest comp!

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‘Marcus Henry’ by Jon Tonks / © Jon Tonks

All this week you can be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the fantastic Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London, PLUS two exhibition catalogues!

To enter our comp visit – http://bit.ly/16d782O

Entries close Fri 6 Jan. Don’t miss out!

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New photography book by Here Press: ‘2041’

2041 is a photography book published by ‘Here Press’. It is a collection of self portraits made by an English man donning make shift burqas to indulge his fetish for being completely covered.

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All images © 2041, from the book 2041, edited by Lewis Chaplin and Ben Weaver and published by Here Press

“Using the camera to articulate a passion he has secretly indulged for decades, the artist appears dozens of times without ever disclosing his image or identity,” says the HERE press release. “Long before 2041 bought his first real burqa online, he began crafting his own versions from draped and folded fabrics in a rich array of textures and colours … ranging from the traditional to the theatrical.”

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The book is named 2041 as this is the photographers online alias. 2041 created over 60,000 images of this nature. Only a small selection of these were chosen to be published by the editors Lewis Chaplin and Ben Weaver.

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By photographing himself in these costumes he adopts multiple personas. He explores different approaches to self-concealment: he adapts and re-appropraites clothing ranging from the traditional to the theatrical, and he combines draped and folded fabrics in a rich array of textures and colours. He poses and performs in front of his camera and around his home.

2041’s first memories of the pleasure of being enveloped in swathes of cloth are from his days as a choirboy seven decades ago. As an adult, he developed an interest in more complete coverings and began to document what he was doing. But it is only in the last ten years, since he bought a computer and found a community of fellow enthusiasts online, that he has been able to share his passion.

2041 is published in an edition of 500 by Here Press, priced £30 (including shipping).

 

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 – Call for Entries

The Natural History Museum are now calling for entries for the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to inspire greater understanding of the natural world, challenging perceptions and encouraging change to preserve the beauty and diversity of Earth for future generations.   Lets have a look at some of the entries from 2014, which are currently being exhibited at the Natural History Museum.

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wildlife-photographeeer-year-2014 This stunning image was captured by Jan van der Greef. The sword-billed hummingbird on the right, fends off the collard inca bird to get to a bird feed. Sword-billed hummingbirds are the only birds with a bill longer than its body. They use them to reach the nectar at the base of flowers. Fascinating!

image Will Jenkins captured this stunning image whilst on holiday in Costa Rica. This meter long green iguana jumped down from the hotel roof and posed long enough for Jenkins to get an awesome shot.

gg Bruno D’Amicis took this photo of a three month old fennec fox in Tunisia. Catching or killing wild fennec foxes is illegal in Tunisia but D’Amicis discovered widespread exploitation of the foxes for commercial trade and traditional medicine. Super sad! The 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is on at the Natural History Museum until 30 August 2015. Entry is £12.50 Entries for 2015 Competition must be in by Thursday 26 February.

To find out more and to enter, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy

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Taylor Wessing – National Portrait Gallery

2014 saw the seventh year of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize take place.

The prize was awarded to fashion photographer David Titlow for his intimate portrait of his baby son being introduced to a dog.

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Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow, 2014 © David Titlow 
 

The £12,000 award was presented to the London-based photographer at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Tuesday 11 November 2014. The winning portrait goes on show at the Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 from Thursday 13 November 2014 until 22 February 2015.

David Titlow (b.1963) works as a photographer in fashion and advertising. He has exhibited widely and has been commissioned by numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Vice and Vanity Fair. Originally a musician from Halesworth in Suffolk, Titlow switched to photography in the early nineties and has since worked in the industry.

£3,000 Second Prize: Jessica Fulford-Dobson for Skate Girl.
Jessica Fulford-Dobson (b. 1969) has worked as a freelance photographer since 2000. Her photographs have been widely exhibited throughout Europe and have been published in The Telegraph Magazine, Vogue and the Evening Standard.

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Skate Girl from the series Skate Girls of Kabul, 2014 © Jessica Fulford-Dobson 
 

£2,000 Third Prize: Birgit Püve for Braian and Ryan: Her portrait is from the series Double Matters for a photography book on twins and triplets living in Estonia.

Birgit Püve (b. 1978) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been commissioned by publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel and Ryanair Magazine.

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Braian and Ryan from the series Double Mattress, 2013 © Birgit Püve
 

£1,000 Fourth Prize: Blerim Racaj for Indecisive Moment: His portrait is from a recent and unpublished series entitled Young Kosovars – a project triggered by the socio-political landscape in Kosovo.

Blerim Racaj (b. 1964) is a London-based freelance photographer.  Racaj grew up in Kosovo and studied Economics before moving to London in 1995.

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Indecisive Moment © Blerim Racaj 
 

One of our favourites from this years entires is this fun image by Neil Raja

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Dolly & Co. 2014 © Neil Raja 
 

These, along with the rest of the entries, can be seen at The National Portrait Gallery, 10am – 6pm.

Exhibition closes 22 feb 2015.

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The Guardian Photographer of the year 2014 – Bulent Kilic

The Guardian picture desk have chosen Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic as their agency  photographer of the year for 2014. Kilic covered the unrest in Ukraine, the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border and the MH17 air crash.

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Ankara, Turkey, 12 March
A young girl wounded during clashes between riot police and protesters.

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Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service search for bodies in a field near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the rebel-occupied Donetsk region of Ukraine.

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Sanliurfa, Turkey, 20 September
A Syrian Kurd pours water on a child after they crossed the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc.

See more works by Bulent Kilic here – http://bit.ly/1KF4ALw

See the shortlisted photographers on the Guardian website here…http://bit.ly/1xWEGxc

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Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

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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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