With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist – Martin Parr
You just gotta love Martin Parr. His unique, over-saturated, daylight flash-blasted photos are brimming with humour, innuendo and curious details that have put him up there with the likes of Gary Winogrand.
Photojournalist and LSP trainer Nicola Muirhead began photographing council tenants in 2016 for her Masters degree at the London College of Communication. The project centred on tenants’ reflections on living in a brutalist high-rise and the changes to their community over the years.
Unseen Images of 1930s America
Until 26 August 2018
Imagine a moustache being drawn onto the face of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, or a hole being punched into Salvador Dali’s $24 million portrait of Paul Eluard. If you are not a photographer, you may not feel the same about a piece of negative as we do, but trust me, when it was shot by legends such as Walker Evan’s and Dorothea Lange only to be vandalised by some bureaucrat, I personally turn into the Hulk.
TJ Boulting and Trolley Books are hosting an exhibition by renowned photographer Philip Jones Griffiths to mark the tenth anniversary of his death, on 19th March 2008.
According to the gallery website, PJGX presents photographs from the two important bodies of work that represent Philip’s archive – the Viet Nam war and Britain in the 1950s to 70s.
Griffiths was born in 1936 in Wales and was famous for his coverage of the Viet Nam War. He started work as a full-time freelance photographer in 1961 for The Oberver, and then covered the vietnam war for Magnum agency.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said of Griffiths: “Not since Goya has anyone portrayed war like Philip Jones Griffiths.” In 1980, Griffiths became the president of Magnum, a position he held for five years. He died aged 72 in London, on March 19, 2008.
In 1971 he published his first book, the ground-breaking Viet Nam Inc, which cemented his reputation as both a fiercely intelligent and astute photojournalist.
The book had a huge impact in turning people’s opinion against the war and the US involvement in Viet Nam. Carefully considered and captioned with a scathing dry commentary, this was ‘war photography’ but in a very different sense, as the journalist and film-maker John Pilger wrote on Philip’s death in 2008: “No photographer produced such finely subversive work, knowing that truth in war is always subversive.”
Griffith’s book, Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Viet Nam was even more vehemently ‘war photography’ of a different sense. The toxic chemical in Agent Orange that had been dropped by the US on Vietnamese and Cambodian soil to defoliate the landscape and reveal the enemy, was also responsible for horrific congenital deformities, still affecting children born today.
Viet Nam Inc. had been republished in 2001 with a foreword by Noam Chomsky, who observed: “If anybody in Washington had read that book, we wouldn’t have had these wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.”
But who would publish these disturbing new images from Viet Nam, a generation after the war had ended? It was around this time that Philip met Gigi Giannuzzi, the founder of Trolley Books, and he discovered not only a publisher but a kindred spirit, someone who was not afraid to make a book of such difficult-to-look-at work. T
wo more books followed, Viet Nam at Peace in 2005 and Recollections in 2008, published a few months after Philip’s death. Despite his seminal book on the Vietnam War, Philip hated to be described as a war photographer.
His 50–year archive is rich with stunning photojournalism from over 100 countries around the world. As well as his images, Philip’s words always gave a crucial insight, and showing in the exhibition is a filmed interview that Philip gave in Aberystwyth in 2007 at the University of Wales. It is followed by a recent award-winning documentary (a co-production between Welsh company Rondo Media, S4C and South Korean production company, JTV, Jeonju T
PJGX Philip Jones Griffiths Exhibition
The photographers came together to start a collaborative studio in 2013 after sharing a studio but working separately for many years.
Calver 22 Foundation from 23 February – 15 April, 2018
Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 to 6pm
There’s nothing like a little challenge to get those little grey cells working. Photographers can see the world in black and white or in colour, in light and shadow, shapes and textures.
The World Press Photo Contest judges have presented the finalists for the 2018 photo of the year competition, with the winners set to be announced in April. This year’s prestigious awards feature some of the best work in various categories in the field of photojournalism by freelance, staff, and independent photographers around the world.
ELLIOT ERWITT EXHIBITION
24 January – 17 February 2018
AT HUXLEY-PARLOUR GALLERY
3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE
Huxley_Parlour is hosting a new exhibition to celebrate the 90th birthday of legendary Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt, as of 24 January.
The exhibition includes over 50 photographs, portraits and rare vintage prints from across his long career.