Category Archives: photography

Paul Graham at the Whitechapel Gallery: 20 April-19 June 2011

Baby, DHSS Office, Birmingham, 1984 (taken undercover) from the series Beyond Caring

The Whitechapel reminds me a bit of Edinburgh. Everyone knows it exists, everyone knows it’s wonderful, but noone ever seems to go there. When one finally does pay a visit it vastly exceeds expectations.

Such was the case with my visit to the Paul Graham exhibition. This fantastic show displays a breadth of photographic work shot primarily in the US, UK and Japan. Graham has an eye for turning the mundane into the absurd. He captures ordinary moments with such extraordinary honesty that we can instantly recognise the place even if we have never visited there. A Birmingham dole office becomes a familiar scene of British suburban life; a perfectly kept weatherboard house screams of American idealism we all know and loath; and scenes from Belfast are instant reminders of a war we all somehow feel connected to.

If the Whitechapel is on your to-do list now is a good time to tick it off. Read more about Paul Graham at the Whitechapel Gallery / 20 April-19 June 2011


Brixton exhibition: Daytona 89, Photographs by Andy Martinez

“I asked for water then she gave me gasoline
I asked for water she gave me gasoline
Lord, Good Lordy, Lord”
(Drink of cool water blues – Tommy Johnson 1928)

andy martinez daytona 89 exhibition brixton london

Londoners, if you’re in Brixton before 30 April 2011 call in to Goodbench (14D Market Row, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LB) to enjoy a damn fine coffee and some good ol’ Americana by photographer Andy Martinez. Andy shot a series of images at Daytona Beach’s annual Bikers Convention in Florida in 1989 and in this exhibition he shows five large-scale prints. The result is a snapshot of a truly strange and surreal America.

Prints framed and unframed available for sale – enquire with Haroon at The Goodbench. You can also contact Andy direct on 07813891325 or email via the website

Attention Creative Types: Office Space to Let

Our mate Charlotte Wiig, the photographer, is looking for someone who needs an office desk to rent any time from mid-April onwards. The office is in SW6 1RU, one minute walk from West Brompton and 8 minutes walk from Earl’s Court.

The office room is shared with Charlotte’s wonderful colleague Marte Lundby Rekaa (also a photographer) and is in a secure office building. It would suit a freelancer or someone working in the creative industries – or anyone really who runs their own business. Electricity, heating, water and kitchen are included in the price with 24 hour access and an alarm.

The price per calendar month is:
office rent: £225 + VAT
internet and phone line: £12.50 + VAT

Please get in touch with Charlotte if you are interested or pass it on to others who you think might be suitable!

Charlotte Wiig
T: 0207 386 6131
M: 079 84 61 72 19

Need a press photo or a head shot? Check out this bargain…

Our friend, the very lovely photographer Charlotte Wiig, is running a two-day promotion offering a press shot for just £50 (all inclusive).

We are offering a special promotion on 11th and 12th November, which suits the schedule of a businessman and the budget of a drama student!

You might need a portrait for your website, brochures, businesscards, social networks, CV, or even one to frame and give to your mum for Christmas!

For a recession friendly price of £50 we will offer you a personal photo shoot in our studios in SW6 and you will receive a professionally retouched high resolution image of your choice.

We can tell you now, this is a total bargain and perfect for all ye authors needing a cover photo. If you are interested in the promo but can’t make these dates drop us a line and we’ll see if we can’t pull a few strings…

(Rumour has it the promo might run again during the London Book Fair in 2010 as the studio is perfectly situated behind the exhibition building in Earls Court. Contact Charlotte for more info).

Charlotte Wiig Photography Promo

Humanitarian Picture Libraries and Photographers

Polly Hemming

Photo copyright Polly Hemming

Doing the pic research for the Minority Rights Group‘s annual publication, State of the World’s Minorities, has enlightened us on a few new photo resources:


Panos are an independent photo agency based in London. They carry a fine selection of images that “document issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored”.

Marc Schlossman

Marc exhibited with us at the Troubadour back in April. He’s a mighty talent. His extinction series is stunning and rumour has it he is heading to Dubai soon to shoot more dead things. We are eager to see the next batch (of photos, not dead things).

Polly Hemming

Polly’s our wildcard. She’s not technically a pro but her photos show she’s got talent. Polly teaches in an aboriginal community in Ramingining, Northern Territory, Australia and her impressive Flickr gallery is an example of how DIY photo libraries can be a great tool for hunting and gathering new talent.

London Book Fair 2010 here we come

artypeeps_troubadour_jonthan_perugia_rupert_jessopLast Wednesday (22 April) Artypeeps hosted a book design, illustration and photography exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery in Earls Court. This was a one-day event to coincide with the London Book Fair and it was the first exhibition by the Artypeeps collective.

The response from guests and visitors was overwhelmingly positive, with many people commenting on how refreshing it was to see the artistic side of book publishing gain more prominence.

We plan to repeat the exhibition next year but, in the meantime, stay tuned for details of the next Artypeeps event.

To view a full gallery of images see here:


Calling All Typography Experts

Reyka VodkaI must say, I’m quite a fan of the typeface used in the branding for Reyka Vodka. Another thing to love about Iceland. Does anyone know the typeface? Prey tell, and we’ll send you a pack of Artypeeps postcards. – KH

EDIT: We’ve had several responses to this conundrum by email and most people thought it was a bespoke typeface. However, Scott (a man with an insatiable appetite for all things creative) has solved the mystery. See Scott’s comment for a link to download this FREE typeface. On ya Scott, your postcards are in the mail.