Thursday, 26 November 2015

Streamed Live, In Conversation, Now Available

If you didn't manage to get along to TPG on Monday afternoon or forgot to stream the talk live, do not worry as the video is now available to see on The Photographers' Gallery YouTube Channel, in this link here -

It is best to watch from 15m46s, as the first 15 minutes are behind the scenes. In someways it is like watching a silent movie, but without an dramatic chorus or music to elevate our speech! 

It was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation which brought up some key issues around the idea of audience interaction, performance and what the medium of the photobook can be. More video's available from the other talks, all part of the SPBH Business As Usual - Week residency at TPG.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

In Conversation - The Photographers' Gallery - Monday 23rd November From 16:00 pm

To celebrate the launch of the new SPBH Book, published by Aperture, Self Publish Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto, I am very pleased to announce that I will be doing an, 'In Conversation' with Mr Bruno Ceschel, part of the Self Publish Be Crafty - Business As Usual Residency at The Photographers' Gallery on Monday 23rd November from 16:00 pm. We will also be joined by a young artist, former student of ours, from the Camberwell College of Art, Liam Magee. It looks to be a great afternoon, discussing our practice and of course the notion of the book.

Here is a little excerpt about the book, which features my first publication, The Photograph As Contemporary Art.

"An economic and cultural revolution has shaken the photobook world in the last five years: self-publishing. An army of photographers operating as publishers have had an instrumental role in today’s photobook renaissance. This book offers a do-it-yourself manual and a survey of key examples of self-published success stories, as well as a self-publishing manifesto and list of resources."

Don't miss a week of exciting events, talks, parties and more. To reserve a place at the talks, please click here -

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Installation Shots From 'Her First Meteorite' Exhibition At ROSE GALLERY - Santa Monica

Absolutely delighted to be showing with ROSE Gallery in their latest exhibition, Her First Meteorite, an exhibition examining unique photographic collages by Carolle BenitahJames GallagherMelinda GibsonKen GravesStéphanie SolinasAnnegret Soltau, and Grete Stern. The mixed media collages will be on view from 26 September through 28 November 2015.

These are the installation shots from the show, courtesy of the Gallery. It you are State side, be sure to make a visit to see this beautiful curated exhibition, I only wish I could be there too!

Friday, 2 October 2015

ASX Interview, Italian Vogue, TIME Lightbox, Elephant Magazine & Ultravie - Press From Unseen

As the weeks fly by, it is great to see that the work has been attracting some good attention from a wide range of editorials and press. Thomas and I had a great interview with American Suburb X (ASX) which really delved into the mechanics of what it is to work in collaboration, a nice nod to one of our works in Italian Vogue, being mentioned twice in the TIME lightbox - 10 Things to do at Unseen Photo Fair, as well as a lovely article in Elephant Magazine about 5 Booths to Watch at Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair as well as Ultravie! You can see some of the press here in the links below.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Unseen Photo Fair Adventures

I can't quite believe that this time last two weeks ago, I was preparing for Unseen, the time is going so fast, it is difficult to keep up with what day is which! Unseen was a huge success and an absolute delight, as it always is. There really is something about this Photo Fair, that I thoroughly enjoy, much more than any other. Maybe it's the warm, Dutch ways, the wonderful city or just the environment that surrounds it, but it always attracts an interesting and articulate crowd, that when I leave, I have a refreshed, inspired and excited feeling, ready to take back to London town.

The five day trip was jammed packed with events, starting with the Meijburg & Co Commission Award, which was awarded to Anouk, (very well deserved) with ample glasses of Champagne at Flowers Gallery to set the tone for a very enjoyable evening. The days and nights fell into one, with talks here, receptions there with great dinners in between. I think a great many glasses of Champagne where had, wonderful conversations with curators and friends alike, with an interlude of dancing with the Kessels Kramer crew into the early hours! Now that Mr Erik, knows how to host and throw a party.

Before we could even start to relax, it was time to prepare for Thomas and I's talk with ASX, with an early morning session on the notion of collaboration. The talk brought together some key ideas that surround this notion, the idea of the management of an ego, to the idea of an artist as an interdisciplinary portal. It certainly stirred up some ideas with a nice touch of humour and honesty packed in too!

It was, as ever, an excellent fair with some brilliant talks, people and artworks, I am already looking forward to the next edition.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Her First Meteorite At ROSE GALLERY - Opening Reception On Saturday 26th September 6-8pm

I am delighted to announce my forthcoming exhibition with ROSE GALLERY in Santa Monica opening on Saturday 26th September, 6 - 8pm.

Her First Meteorite, a group exhibition presents a selection of unique photographic collages by Carolle Benitah, James Gallagher, Melinda Gibson, Ken Graves, Stéphanie Solinas, Annegret Soltau, and Grete Stern.

Found, sliced and assembled, the photographic collage establishes experimental and introspective forms through the combination of familiar and obscure images. The montages from the various artists each evoke a distinct entry into surreal worlds, bound together by connected and intertwined photographs. With found objects and images, the spontaneity of discovery and combination counters the intricacy of the details in the works.

More information about the show and artists can be found here-

Friday, 11 September 2015

Aperture's New Title - Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Manual And Manifesto Launching At NYABF

Very, very excited to announce that I have contributed to this new book, SPBH's latest title - Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Manual and Manifesto which will be launched with Aperture on Sunday 20th September at the NYABF from 15:00. Here is a little excerpt from Aperture.

"In 2010, Self Publish, Be Happy was created to collect, study, and celebrate self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects. In 2015, the London-based organization celebrates its fifth anniversary with the publication of Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto (Aperture, 2015). At the NY Art Book Fair, SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel is joined by David Senior, bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library and contributor to the book, to discuss the history and legacy of artists who self-publish. A book signing will follow at Aperture’s booth."

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

EXPO Chicago - ROSEGALLERY - Opening On Thursday 17th September - Booth 335

September continues to be a super busy month with another exhibition on the horizon. I am very honoured to be showing with the wonderful ROSEGALLERY at the Art Fair, EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier, booth 335 which opens next week on Thursday 17th September from 11:00 am.

The gallery will be exhibiting a collection of stunning works, from artists that include, Manfred MüllerJohn ChiaraElger EsserSummer Mann, Jo Ann Callis and many others. I will be exhibiting unique pieces from the series, The Photograph As Contemporary Art and only wish I could fly over state side and enjoy all the fair has to offer, but alas Europe is calling.

More can be seen here on both ROSEGALLERY's site and the Fairs - 

Monday, 7 September 2015

American Surburb X Talk At Unseen On 19.09.15

The weeks are flying by and this time next week, I shall be packing my bags ready for five adventurous days in Amsterdam at the Unseen Photo Fair! I am delighted to say that I will be working with American Suburb X, the official content partner for this years event, as Thomas and I take part in interviews as well as a morning ASX session.

Thomas Sauvin, Brad Feuerhelm, Michael Salu and myself will be talking on Saturday 19th September, late morning at 11:00am on the notion of collaboration. Having worked with both Brad and Thomas, I think that this is going to be a special conversation, something not too be missed at all!

The talk will be taking place in the Unseen Living Room, part of the festival area and more details can be found on both the Unseen and ASX sites.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Unseen Meijburg Art Commission Nomination

I am extremely delighted to announce that I have been nominated for the Unseen Photo Fair new award, the Meijiburg Art Commission! I am nominated along with four other fantastic artists, including a few friends too, it is sure to be an exciting wait to see the winner revealed and good to luck to us all. 

Here is how Unseen Photo Fair announced the shortlisted artists, "Overwhelmed by both the number and quality of submissions from last month's open call for all Unseen artists aged 35 and under, we are proud to announce the shortlist for the brand new Meijburg Art Commission. Following their nomination, the selected talents will further develop their proposals for the site-specific commission to be presented to an international jury prior to Unseen Photo Fair & Festival. The final winner will be announced by the jury during an exclusive Meijburg & Co Tax Lawyers event at Unseen 2015, and will be given the opportunity to produce the commissioned work for the Meijburg & Co office in Amstelveen."

Unseen asked what a commission of this kind would mean to me, I responded with, Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, the notion of professional exchange is paramount to the development of my artistic practice. Having the opportunity to engage, inspire and deliver to other audiences within a supportive commissioned environment is invaluable as a stimuli at this stage of my career. To work with a global company that understands the importance of innovation, knowledge and provides a made-to-measure service only echoes my ethos within contemporary photography.

All the works nominated can be seen at the Flowers Gallery booth in Unseen Photo Fair, opening Thursday 17th September and on the Gallery's website. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Things Are Really Hotting Up For September...

I am very excited to say that I will be exhibiting with Flowers Gallery for the much anticipated 2015 edition of Unseen Photo Fair with my latest collaborative series, Lunar Caustic, the result of a much labour of love with the Beijing Silvermine. Thomas Sauvin and I are delighted to be showing the series, with some special Unseen Premiere editions - works only released a few weeks ago and never seen before! 

Things are certainly hotting up, ready for Unseen, as talks, commission news and events start to come through, planning continues and September looks to be a very special month. Very, very excitingly before Amsterdam, works are being sent across the water to sunny California for a wonderful exhibition with Rose Gallery, more to come on that shortly...

For news and updates from Unseen and Flowers Gallery, see here:

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A Sicilian Rest To A September Schedule

It's been a while since I've managed to get a blog written and finally with a few hours spare in the day, I can finally sit down and put my thoughts together! July has been completely insane for all the right reasons, a wedding, a rest, productions and exhibitions. With so much going on it is difficult to know where to start, but Sicily is surely the best place.

I jetted off to Sicily while the photo world descended on Arles to take a break and be part of the wedding of the century, my dearest friends, a Sicilian living in London that I've known for many years and meet while we were both interning at Magnum Photos. It was an absolute delight, spending time in her home town of Trapani, seeing the sights and of course being part of their special day. I always love these times, a time to reflect on life, enjoy the moment and look to the future. Plus with the Sicilian sunny skies and an abundance of Prosecco, I was in heaven! It always goes so quickly and before you know it, we were all back in London, ready for the next chapter.

As July whizzes past, more and more exciting doors open, with much preparation needed with exhibitions and Art Fairs to plan for. As the production continues I am very excited to be part of Unseen Photo Fair with other exhibitions to be released soon. As per usual, the summer looks like it is going to be quite a busy time with no time for rest and relaxation! Watch this space for more details, I think I'll be needing a long holiday somewhere exotic by the time this year is out!

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