‘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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The 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

The winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, so we have selected a few of our favourites for you.
There are quite a few different categories, ranging from Architecture to Flowers, Still Life and Landscape.

This competition is great for anyone with a interested and knack for photography as our mobile phones are becoming one of the most popular and well used methods of taking photos. All of the images have been taken on and edited with an IOS system, no photoshop is allowed, and it really quite impressive to see what can be produced!

To see all of the winning photos, pop over to the website here – www.ippawards.com

Adrienne Pitts© Adrienne Pitts

Alexa Seidl © Alexa Seidl

Jil Missner© Jil Missner

Brandon Kidwell  © Brandon Kidwell

Laruen Smith © Lauren Smith

Michael Oneal© Michael Oneal

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The old Kodak Factory

We stumbled across these photographs documenting the Kodak factory in Rochester, New York by photographer Catherine Leutenegger last week, and we still can’t stop looking at them.

The once thriving factory is now run-down and very much worse for wear.
In this series Leutenegge captures what was once the industrial hub for photography but now all that’s left are a collection of deserted factories, dated interiors and empty offices.

All photographs © Catherine Leutenegger

You can see the full body of work here – www.cleutenegger.com

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014

We went down to the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House last weekend to feast our eyes on some stunning photography, and we weren’t disappointed!

The photographs on show range from documentary, portraits and still life.
The awards are sorted into 4 different categories, the Professional Competition, Open Competition, Student Awards and the Youth Awards.
Split across several different rooms the categories showcase the wining and shortlisted images from 140,000 entires and 166 countries.

Below are a selection of our favourite images…

© Sophie Gamand, Professional competition – Portraiture, 1st place

© Neville Jones, National award – Australia, 1st place

© Elisa Sturaro, Professional competition – Arts & Culture, 2nd place,

© Guy Martin, Professional competition – Current Affairs, 1st place

© Dan Kitwood, Professional competition – Current Affairs, 3rd place

© Li Chen, Open awards – Travel, winner

Also on display are photographs by celebrated American photographer, May-Ellen Mark.
Mary Ellen Mark is this years recipient of the 2014 award for an outstanding contribution to photography. These images showcase work from her long career as a photographer, depicting her relationships with her subjects and her commitment to photography.

The exhibition is on until 18 May at Somerset House – worldphoto.org

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Friday pick me up from photographer Ernest Goh

Scrolling through one of our favourite sites on friday afternoon we came across these stunning images from photographer Ernest Goh.
Goh has been a trending topic across social medias sites these last few days because of his hilarious photographs of supermodel chickens (yes, chickens!).It turns out that chickens are regarded a creatures of beauty in Malaysia where they have their very own beauty pageant.

After admiring those photos we were excited to see what other subjects he has photographed, and we weren’t disappointed!

Here’s a selection of our favourites….

All images © Ernest Goh

You can see more work by Ernest Goh on his website www.ernestgoh.com

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014

We like to keep you up to date with new and exciting upcoming exhibitions here at PCL, and the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 is definitely one of those!

Farid Sani, Iran, Shortlist, Open, Travel, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards 20014 Exhibition will be on display at Somerset House, London from 1st-18th May.

Drawn from one of the world’s biggest photography competitions, the exhibition showcases work from the very best international contemporary photographers.  As one of the biggest of its kind in the UK, the exhibition features across work travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture, current affairs and more.
Somerset House is also open later in the evening four days a week, Tuesday through Friday, so there’s no excuse not to go and experience the exhibition!

Samantha Fortenberry, United States, Shortlist, Open, Low Light, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The exhibition doesn’t open until May, but you can book your tickets now to avoid missing out.
Follow the link for all the details - worldphoto.org/2014exhibition

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Street Photography One on One

Last month one of our students Philip Shaw had a Street Photography one to one session with tutor and street photographer Luke Forsythe.
Meeting out on location in the centre of London on Oxford Street they spent the 3 jam-packed hours scouring the streets of Soho capturing all of the fascinating activity and life that London has to offer, working with fantastic angles, bizarre subjects and a whole range of exciting light sources.

Below are some of the shots Philip took on the day depicting the captivating colours, people and places in the heart of London…

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

© Philip Shaw

Check out more of Philip’s work on his website – www.shutter-junkie.com
See Luke Forsythe’s website here - www.lukeforsythe.co.uk

And if you’re interested in Street photography, be sure to join our Facebook group too!

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