Two inspiring photography exhibitions in London recently: Roman Vishniac Rediscovered at The Photographers' Gallery, and Guido Guidi: Per Strada at Large Glass. Vishniac is best known for having created one of the most widely recognised and reproduced photographic records of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. This exhibition features iconic works … Continue reading Memories and Monuments
This weekend, I travelled to Wakefield to see Human Landscapes, the first UK retrospective of the work of the much-overlooked Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973). Powerful, innovative, disturbing, these pieces have dark undertones, which isn't surprising when you discover that Szapocznikow survived several of the Nazi camps as a teenager, and bouts of severe illness. … Continue reading Awkward Objects: The Work of Alina Szapocznikow
I'm exhibiting a digital photo portrait 'Matilda' from my Mothers series of a remarkable woman in this exhibition, accompanied by a poem, 'Goddess - My Mother with Parkinson's who dreams vividly at night', by Toni-Ann La-Crette.
In preparation for the drop-in cyanotype session I'm running on Sunday at Cardiff Print Workshop, I arranged some plant life and other things onto coated paper and left it to make its mark in the sunshine. Here are the results.
Prints developing in the bus stop: Charlotte Biszewski's cyanotype session at Spike Island in Bristol. Rinsing out the chemicals. One giant banner of tracing paper transferred onto the prepared paper for exposure by the sun (which happily obliged, despite rain forecast). Detail after being hosed.
Cyanotype prints on paper (14.8 × 21cm)
I came across some impressive street art in Prague, particularly the Lennon Wall. Apparently, young Czechs would write grievances on the wall during the communist regime in the 1980s, leading to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as "Lennonism" … Continue reading Wonderful Walls, Prague