Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The long and the short-list of it

Short-listed for the Advertising category in the Sony World Photography Awards along with 10 others including photographer Rip Hopkins who is admirable. A hotly contested category with 5 UK photographers jostling for one of the 3 top spots to be announced late March.

Long-listed for the BJP Project Assistance Awards for the 'Zabaleen of Garbge City', profiling an extraordinary community of Coptic Christians living in an illegal squat on the outskirts of Cairo.

The 'LoveUK' Exhibition continues at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff - help keep it open by bidding on one of the prints up for auction including 'Blackpool Couple Kissing'.

Monday, 15 February 2010

'The Sun' - Picture Albion

Taking it's initiative from the current 'LoveUK' project on display at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, 'The Sun' Newspaper, a British Icon in itself, drew on some of my other UK projects to publish a 17 pic spread and put 14 online - 'Picture Albion' - I didn't know Albion was an archaic name for England or Great Britain used poetically. Who said The Sun wasn't educational. I know some photographers would be aghast at the idea of being in 'The Current Bun' but after all, it is where I get project ideas from, a proud day - It's all downhill from here!!

This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me

"This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me" was an artistic response from Charles Hall to the sexual assault of a dear friend. The statement is designed to attack the perception, when a woman is raped, she asked for it, deserved it or wanted it.
The University of Pennsylvania will be hosting an exhibition representing the idea interpreted and expressed by fine artists and members of the school's student body.
Contributing artists include renowned South African photographer Jodi Bieber. 6 images from my own projects are also included.

Sam Cornwells POV on 'LoveUK" Exhibition

Sunday, 14 February 2010

My first major solo UK show 'LoveUK' opened at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff on Friday just over a month after I first heard about the proposed opening. It's been an intense and enjoyable month and I've learned a lot. Joni Karanka & Maciej Dakowicz have done a phenomenal job getting it together and I owe them a big thanks along with their volunteers, especially Darren, a multi-purpose legend.
Martin Parr had an exhibition opening in Cardiff the previous evening of Welsh 'Working Men's Clubs' and was sporting enough to pose with Joni & Maciej holding one of the 'LoveUK' fliers.
Thanks to the nearby Newport College numbers through the door hit around the 200 mark with everyone adding something unique to the atmosphere, special thanks to Sam Cornwell for posting a video on youtube which gives a good sense of the night and to Dom at Welsh Icons. It was also a thrill to finally meet Magnum legend David Hurn who I understand enjoyed one of the prints - seeing old people in Love makes him happy.
Always slightly concerned when Stella is on the menu. I haven't touched it since the early 90's after one altercation too many. A sense of the inevitable then when one guest had a drop too much and punched a hole in the wall, fortunately missing the prints. The Polish boxing world has a new contender.

Happy Valentines Day each and everyone!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Publicity for the LoveUK exhibition opening in Cardiff this Friday is gaining momentum. 5 pages in today's Sunday Times Magazine/Spectrum section and a teaser online with the Telegraph.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

With 9 days to go until the opening of 'LoveUK' (you're invited) at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, the momentum seems to be building. The fliers are out. The Prints are ready. The Telegraph have put a teaser online. Art Rabbit are listing and there's something planned for the Sunday Times Magazine this weekend 7/2.