Tuesday, 17 November 2009

"You're Practically A Man"

"You're Practically A Man"
Photography by Ginger Liu
part of
DRKRM Gallery
Last Picture Show ‘09
Year-End Group Exhibition
Opening Reception Saturday November 14th 7-10pm
November 14th – December 30th

"You're Practically A Man" is a personal essay about identity. The scars are from Abdominal Myomectomy, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (unseen) and Partial Hysterectomy, and represent the efforts I went through to try and keep my womb. I lost that fight to a fibroid the size of a six-month pregnancy. The fibroid weighed down on my bladder and I was lucky to get one hour of unbroken sleep at a time. I couldn’t go out anywhere because I constantly needed the bathroom. And once a month, during my period, I would bleed non-stop for two days and lose so much blood that I was too weak to stand. Hysterectomy was the final option.

The title of the essay refers to a woman’s comment made to me after I told her about my operations and represents the consequential view from some people that women are not whole unless they have children. A male friend of mine also commented that my hysterectomy was no big deal because I am a gay woman and gay women don't have children."

Ginger Liu is a graduate of London’s University of Westminster with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Media Practice (Photography, Film, Multi-Media). Her work has been published in the UK and USA, and has appeared on MTV. She is a Hollywood based photographer, writer and publicist.

drkrm. gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art and documentary photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images.

drkrm. was founded by John Matkowsky who has a twenty-five year reputation as a fine art black and white printer in Los Angeles. Mentored by Tom Consilvio, the founder of Silver Lab, John learned the finesse of the fine artistic print while working on the images of Gary Winograd, William Claxton, Lou Stoumen. and many other renowned photographers.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Linda Lieberman - Exhibition and Book

Linda Lieberman's work is published in a new book 'Silver Footprint' by Robin Bell. Also included is work by Don McCullin, Lee Miller, Ernst Haas, Terence Donovan, Tom Stoddart, John Swannell, and more!!

As digital photography has become increasingly popular and dominant, the more traditional film-based black and white photography and the chemically produced photographic print have become uniquely repositioned in art, craft and culture. The art of the photographic printing is now recognised as a serious craft, a rare skill that is much admired and respected.

The book is published by Dewi Lewis Publishing and is supported by an exhibition .... more

Portraiture Photography Competition

Call for entry is now open for the LPA Portraiture photography contest.
This is the sixth year of Let's Face It and in that time we have been introduced to some very talented photographers.

The Portraiture Award - As always we encourage photographers to interpret the brief in the widest sense, portraying your subjects with emphasis on their identity as individuals.

Single entry
Series of up to 6 Images. A series must have narrative / theme.

You may supply a caption of up to 100 words to support your entry.

View last years single and series winners.

Entry details here

Photography by Loui Sanches Martin, single image winner 2008

LPA Launch Video and Film Showcase Website

The London Photographic Association (LPA) are launching it's sister website LPA - movingPictures.com in December 2009.

LPA movingPictures will promote the work of its members to the international advertising and editorial community as well as a large international audience of film lovers.
Members will manage their own portfolios and profiles.

The development of movingPictures is in response to the growth of moving images on the web, both commercial and fine art. As many of our members are embracing video and film we felt it was time to offer a professional platform for film makers, videographers, directors,directors of photography,editors and producers.

The movingPictures website will have the same SOE functionality as the LPA website, this makes it a strong marketing tool. It will have plenty of space for members profiles and news items as well as their films.

Christmas present from Blurb

Our friends at Blurb have come up with a nice festive offer to make your books even more affordable this festive season: free shipping on up to five books!* So if you’ve already made a book and want more copies for that special Christmas gift this year, no problem, this offer isn’t just open to new customers – it’s for everyone! But you’ll have to be quick as the offer must end on November 24, 2009. It’s available on any size book too. Simply enter the code BLURBCHEER2 at the checkout to redeem this offer.



Ts and cs: *Offer valid through 11/24/09 (11:59 p.m. PST). Offer extends to any Blurb user and covers shipping costs up to $7.99, £3.99, or €5.99 or AUD $12 for up to five books, made by you, shipped to one address. Offer is valid for transactions in USD, EU, GBP, or AUD only. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with any other offer.

LPA's Gallery 1839 represents Luis Sanchez Martin

LPA member Luis Sanchez Martin is now represented by Gallery 1839.

Based in Spain, travels are a source of inspiration especially in street and scenic photography where some cities like New York, Prague, Budapest or London are authentic creativity shelters for him. The recurrent travel to his childhood is also reflected in many of his pictures.... more

LPA Photo Contest Results

The LPA photography competitions have a habit of finding interesting people doing interesting things.
This is why we run them of course. You can now view the winners and read their interviews.

Photographs were submitted in response to a quote by Henry Bromel.

Love and Pain and Beauty
"We all carry around so much pain in our hearts. Love and pain and beauty. They all seem to go together like one little tidy confusing package. It's a messy business, life. It's hard to figure - full of surprises. Some good.
Some bad".

'Henry Bromel', Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991
Single and Series winners and commended galeries

Benedite Topuz: Paris, France
Series category, Gold - Interview

Natalie Tkachuk: Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Series category, Silver - Interview

Rene Roalf Jensen: Viborg, Denmark
Series category, Bronze - Interview

Boris Austin: Beijing / London, United Kingdom
Single image, Gold - Interview

Guido Torres: Mexico City, Mexico
Single image, Silver - Interview

Richard Ansett: London, United Kingdom
Single image, Bronze - Interview
Photography by Benedite Topuz

Friday, 6 November 2009

Bonhams Photographic Department

Bonhams appoint Jocelyn Phillips as head of new photographic department.

Jocelyn Phillips has been appointed Head of Bonhams new Photographic Department to be based in London.

A Cambridge Classics graduate she also has an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London (Institute of Archeology). The thesis for her Masters degree was on 19th century photography and classical art, which was her introduction to the world of photographs.

Jocelyn joined Sotheby’s Photographic Department in 2004 and by 2006 was Acting Head of Department. In 2008 she was promoted to Deputy Director at Sotheby's. During her time there, in addition to the twice yearly various owner sales, she worked on the single owner collection of Dr Ehrenfeld (19th century photographs of India) in May 2005, and the prestigious final instalment of the Collection Marie-Thérèse et André Jammes (part IV, held in Paris in November 2008).

This year she has been a nominator for the Prix Pictet (photographic prize for sustainability set up last year by Pictet Bank in conjunction with the Financial Times. And earlier this year she made a presentation on the auction market for photographs at Foam Museum in Amsterdam, as part of the Foam Editions Collecting Photography programme.

Besides her interest and expertise in Photography she has had a lifelong interest in contemporary and classical dance and has performed at Cambridge University, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at the Royal Opera House, London.

Jocelyn Phillips says, “The market for photographs at auction is constantly developing, showing strength across the board from 19th century to contemporary work. Photography’s universal appeal and central position in our visual culture continues to draw in new collectors as well as inspire veterans of the subject. I am delighted to be a part of this new venture for Bonhams and look forward to welcoming all to our first sales in 2010.”

Matthew Girling, Bonhams European and Middle East CEO comments: “We are delighted to have Jocelyn join us to head up this exciting new development, a stand alone Photographic Department, which will help Bonhams to service the huge and growing interest in collecting photography.”