Monday 24th February 2014
A 9am meet at Farnham station on a sunny day wasn’t too bad after all, was looking forward to the day filled of exhibitions, talks and learning more within our Professional Futures unit.
First stop was Silverprint Photographic Supplies at Waterloo, the store was amazing it had anything and everything a photographer could want with regards to printing, storing and presenting work. They had loads of supplies, chemicals for the darkroom (oh how I wish I had my own dark room.. one day) plush portfolios, printing paper you name it. We had a talk from one of the people who worked there about the range of portfolios they have from boxes to leather bound portfolios, this was great to see how we should be presenting our work when putting a portfolio together. I opted for a small black box, compact, cute and personal to keep my prints in, I already have a leather bound one i’m going to use too. I’d definitely recommend giving this place a visit..
Afterwards we went to the Tate Modern, was a bit of a shame we only had 40 minutes to look around before we went to Carnaby Street for our brief lunch but in that time I saw the works of Allan Sekula and Harry Callahan.
Allan Sekula ‘Waiting for Tear Gas 1999-2000’
His slideshow in a very very very dark room (I almost tripped over the seat) consists of 81 images from the protests against the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference which was held in Seattle and began on 30th November 1999. The slidshow highlights the protests and the atmosphere between the protesters and the police, there is a lot of waiting around involved for the protesters. I really enjoyed the images shown, for me they were very striking and I was drawn to keep watching for the next slide. Here’s some photos from the exhibition..
His large display of work at the Tate consists of photos throughout his career, it includes black and white photos, colour dye transfers and very large prints. His work is very broad, I could see a vast variety within what was shown ranging from portraits, landscapes and even nature. He is very clever in the ways he presents his work and it is obvious you can see he thinks carefully about the execution of his work with regards to how big/small his prints are. I found his work very interesting to look at, especially his series which involved his wife Eleanor whom he met in 1933 and became his most photographed subject.
We then headed to The Photographers Gallery near Oxford Street woooo this is what we’d all been looking for. We got to view the works of Andy Warhol, William S Burroughs and David Lynch.
Andy Warhol’s work was so different to anything i’d ever seen before, he used a 35mm black and white film camera which he carried with him most the time which he captured lots of things such as cityscapes, streets, people and even celebrity parties, all of which show great reflections on his indifference to hierarchy. The photos in this exhibition were all repeated stitched photographs, he created over 500 before his death in 1987, the photos are carefully arranged together and stitched with a sewing machine. His work was so clever, who would of thought sewing images almost like fabric would be such a great idea, when looking at the photos it was clear to see how Warhol had taken lots of time, accuracy and thought on how to execute the final images successfully.
David Lynch’s ‘The Factory Photographs’ feature black and white images of the interiors and exteriors of industrial structures, the images are all very dark and moody. The photos show how these industrial places were slowly being taken over by the growth of nature. I really liked the graininess and simplicity of some of his images, although i found many of them to look very repetitive it was interesting to see how Lynch had carefully crafted his thinking when taking the photos.
Following our visit at The Photographers Gallery, the lucky 15 of us got to go to a Talk with The Guardian/Observer picture editor Anthony Bell and Photography writer Sean O’Hagan at The Guardian HQ at Kings Cross. This was really exciting, going into such a large important building in London to hear the wisdom and advice from two very experienced people.
Key Things from Anthony Bell’s talk:
– Selection system is now made easier for them, they view the photos as thumbnails now to make it easier to view hundreds of photos and select the right ones.
– Uses Indesign and InCopy
– 50% of newspaper work is comissioned
– The Observer have 8 Staff photographers whereas The Guardian has 3, they generally use freelancers
– To get the front cover there is a lot of changes that happen all throughout the day to get the right cover, nothing is ever set in stone from the start
– Advice: Get connected with newspaper writers to form your own paths and make links
– Multimedia side of newspaper is growing all the time, more work within those platforms generally
-They have set templates for the newspapers so they can decide what sits where best etc.
Key Things from Shaun O’Hagan’s Talk
– Started writing for NME first within the ‘hiphop’ side
– Started writing ‘seriously’ for The Observer 7 years ago
– Books are a great way to get work out into the world
– Publishing work online tends to be more open minded, more chance to get it out there
– Advice: Create yourself a blog, website, publish a book (even if its a small zine) to get your work across, but be careful when thinking about distribution and cost
– The best work is showing something completely different, something unique
I found both talks to be a really great insight to the competitive industry within photography, but they have really inspired me to try and take each opportunity as it comes. Its also got me really excited but nervous as hell about my work experience with The Times Newspaper on the 24th March!!!
Thanks for reading,