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
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Tagged art, Exhibitions, fine art photography, galleries, london, paul graham, photographer, whitechapel, whitechapel art gallery
“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)
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 www.andymartinez.co.uk.
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!
T: 0207 386 6131
M: 079 84 61 72 19
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 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’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.
Last 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: http://www.artypeeps.co.uk/events.html
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Tagged artypeeps, book design, book publishing, books, Christopher Wilson, david pearson, design, Gemma Correll, illustration, London Book Fair, Marc Schlossman, Nicky Barneby, photography, Rupert Jessop, The Troubadour
I 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.
Posted in art, design, photography, rare, special and especially rare books, Typography
Tagged artypeeps, artypeeps.co.uk, design, Iceland, Reyka Vodka, Typography