Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Salgado, Broomberg and Chanarin: Lessons learned

Completely unexpectedly, I found myself in London with a few hours to spare… So I headed to the Photographers’ Gallery – surely there would be something interesting to see there. In the tube a poster promoting Sabastiao Salgado’s exhibition ‘Genesis’ at the Natural History Museum caught my eye – enough time to go to Oxford Circus, then South Kensington. Out of the five photographers exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery, I felt particularly drawn to the work of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. But I’ll come back to them later. Let’s start with the easy bit: Sebastiao Salgado. Read More →

Photographing The Felice Brothers

Thursday night I went to see and photograph The Felice Brothers at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. I had photographed them before on two occasions: In 2010 at the End Of The Road festival and in 2012 at The Haunt in Brighton. In 2012, I was lucky enough to speak to the Brothers before the concert. They all signed my photo of Jimmy resting on his accordion which I had taken in 2010. It was a wonderful moment. I told them how much I love their music – that all too rare and magical contact between a fan and their favourite artists will remain as vivid in my memory as if it had happened last night. Sadly on the night the Brother’s glow was under serious threat. As mysterious and extraordinary as a firefly, the Brothers’ glow survived, probably because I believed in its mysterious powers. Yet, all conspired to take the magic away. Read More →

The silent majority

I have photographed many popular music artists and celebrities like Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Bertrand Cantat, Robert Smith and Jarvis Cocker. This present study, however, will focus on less well-known artists and bands. This is a political choice because those artists – those located at the edge of history and whose individual inner voices remain unheard – contribute to our understanding of popular music. Read More →

Photographic practice: where do I start?

Newbury and McCauley claim that little attention has been paid to photographic practice, with much theoretical discourse revolving around the images themselves rather than how they were produced. For Newbury (1997), this means that the ‘doing’ is missing from the discourse while for McCauley (2008), it is the complexities of the ‘labor’ involved which are lost. Read More →