Thursday, 20 October 2011

David Knight Shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Prize at the National Portrait Gallery

David Knight’s work included in exhibition at The British National Portrait Gallery for 3rd year running

David's work has for the 3rd year running been accepted for the  Taylor Wessing Prize. This year David is one of the 5 short-listed finalists. The winner will be announced on 8th November.

Press release from National Portrait Gallery. 17th Sept. 2011

David Knight was born in Oxford in 1971 and currently lives in Australia with his wife and twin boys. His portrait of 15-year-old Andie Poetschka, was commissioned by Loud for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to raise awareness of the condition throughout Australia. Knight says ‘I wanted the portraits to be positive and to convey the kids in an uplifting way.

You don’t immediately notice Andie is in a wheelchair; you just see a beautiful young woman. The image doesn’t demand you look at it, but gently draws you in.’ This is the third year running that Knight’s work has been included in the exhibition and this is his first time on the shortlist. He began his career assisting advertising photographers in London and Oxford before working before working in Dubai on a broad range of assignments across the region. He currently works in Sydney for advertising clients but manages to devote time also to portraiture and people-orientated assignments.

Sydney Morning Herald, 19th Sept. 2011. Arts & Entertainment

The Sydney photographer David Knight has made the shortlist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, run by the Bristish National Portrait Gallery. Knight will compete with four other entries for the £12, 000.00 ($18, 270.00) prize.  His photograph, Andie, pictured, shows 15 year old Andie Poetschka and was commissioned by Loud agency for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. “You don’t immediately notice Andie is in a wheelchair; you just see a beautiful young women” Knight says.

The judges received 6000 submissions from 2506 photographer. The winner will be announced on November 8th and Knight’s work will be among 60 portraits on exhibition from November 10.

David Knight is a member of the London Photographic Association

Saturday, 8 October 2011

The book ”Nepal & Mao” by Olof Jarlbro

”Underneath the chaos and political standpoint Jarlbro photographs doesn’t reveal the soldier instead the person behind the uniform.”

The book ”Nepal & Mao” takes us to a country in which peace was declared many years ago. But somehow there is still tension in the country. Old royalist that won’t step down from army posts, constant strikes and protests in the capital. Some regions with ethnic majorities have started to question the Maoist and Nepal’s control and to strive after their own state and independence. In Jarlbro’s third book about Nepal, he travels across the country in buses and off-road vehicles meeting Maoists at their camps in the jungle and up in mountain, following the tensions throughout the country, visiting communist rally and riots. Underneath the chaos and political standpoint, Jarlbro photographs do not reveal the soldier but the person behind the uniform.

Olof Jarlbro was born in 1978 in the town of Helsingborg, in the south of Sweden. He took up photography at the age of twenty and soon decided that he wanted to become a photographer. At the age of 22, he left Sweden and went to New York to study at the International Center of Photography, and a couple of years later he moved to Prague to study at FAMU - The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed books, “The Fallen Kingdom” and the “ Stonefactory”. He is currently living in Sofia, Bulgaria working as a freelancer on longer reportages and photographic projects.

Nepal & Mao. 
Photographs and text by Olof Jarlbro. 
Rough Dog Press, 2011. 149 pp., 78 black & white illustrations, 15×21 cm. Duetone, Hardcover.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

‘London Independent Photography’s 23nd Annual Exhibition’: 18 - 29.10.11

London Photographic Association member Astrid Schulz is very proud to announce that four of her images from the series ‘Hairdressers’ have been selected for the LIP members show.

The LIP Annual Exhibition aims to provide a platform for members to exhibit their best work, to be viewed by each other and the general public. This time the selection process was conducted by individual professionals (Bridget Coaker, picture editor at Guardian Newspaper Group & Director of Troika Editions and Mick Williamson, head of photography at London Metropolitan University), who are connected to London's photographic community.

Venue: The Strand Gallery (Proud Central)
32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP
Showtime: 18.10.10 - 29.10.10
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

‘Hairdressers’ is inspired by the novel Egalia's Daughters in which the protagonists swapped gender based roles. I am questioning our perception on what is regarded as ‘normal’ and what is ‘abnormal’. The models look ridiculous because we do not expect men to go through such treatments, but for women of our society this is perfectly normal. Just wondering: perhaps it’s time for men to get emancipated?

The series of twelve can be seen at: