Tag Archives: Photography

Open call for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller photographers

I have applied today, wish me luck 🙂 For the upcoming book ‘Roaming Britain: Gypsy, Traveller, and nomadic communities in the British built environment’, RIBA will be commissioning a photo essay from a photographer of Gypsy, Roma, or Traveller heritage. … Continue reading

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An evening of celebration for NTU’s Alumni and Industry Fellows

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) alumni team recently hosted their annual Celebration event – recognising the outstanding achievements of the Alumni and Industry Fellows who volunteer their time to support NTU students. The Alumni and Industry Fellowship Programme is comprised of … Continue reading

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British photography

Gosh! I get a mention in this academic piece on ‘British Photography’ under ‘The 1970’s and 80s: the political turn’. Am in good company here! British photography refers to the tradition of photographic work undertaken by committed photographers and photographic artists in the British Isles. This includes those notable photographers from Europe who have made their home in Britain and contributed so strongly to the nation’s photographic tradition, such as Oscar Rejlander, Bill Brandt, Hugo van Wadenoyen, Ida Kar, Anya Teixeira and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. The 1800s: invention and popularisation Many technical innovations in photography were undertaken in Britain during the 19th century, notably by William Fox Talbot and Frederick Scott Archer. Early aesthetic breakthroughs were made by Lewis Carroll, Hill & Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron and the Pre-Raphaelite photographers, and the “father of art photography” Oscar Gustave Rejlander. Travelling photography under adverse conditions was pioneered by war photographer Roger Fenton, and brought to a high level in England by Francis Frith and others. There were a number of local photographic societies scattered throughout Britain, often holding large annual public exhibitions; yet photography was mostly deemed at that time to be a science and a ‘useful craft’, and attempts at making a fine art photography almost always followed the conventions of paintings or theatre tableaux. There were also early earnest attempts at “trick photography”: notably of spiritualist apparitions and ghosts. Studio and travelling photographers had flourished in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but the developing technology eventually allowed the mass-market commercialisation of cameras. With the introduction of the Box Brownie, casual snapshot photography became an accepted feature of British middle-class life from around 1905. =1845–1945: a century of anthropological documentary= British photography has long had a fascination with recording, ‘in situ’, the lives and traditions of the working class in Britain. This can be traced back to Hill & Adamson‘s 1840s records of the fishermen of Newhaven, John Thomson‘s photography for the famous book “Street Life in London” (1876), the street urchin photography of Dr. Barnardo‘s charity campaigns, Peter Henry Emerson’s 1880s pictures of rural life in the East Anglian fenlands, and Sir Benjamin Stone‘s surreal pictures of English folkloric traditions. This Victorian tradition was forgotten once modernism began to flourish from around 1905, but it appeared again in the “documentary” (a word coined in the 1920s by John Grierson) movement of the early and mid 20th century in activities such as Mass Observation, the photography of Humphrey Spender, and the associated early surrealist movement. Documentary pictures of the working people of Britain were later commercialised and popularised by the mass-circulation “picture magazines” of 1930s and 1940s such as “Picture Post”. The “Post” and similar magazines provided a living for notable photographers such as Bill Brandt and Bert Hardy. Also very notable is George Rodger’s London work for the US magazine “Life.” These large-format picture magazines served covertly as a “education in what a good photograph should look like” for their readers, something that was otherwise totally lacking. The British documentary movement contributed strongly to the poetic nature of some wartime early home front propaganda, such as Humphrey Jennings’ approach to film. 1945–1965: the post-war lull After the end of the war, photography in Britain was at a very low ebb. Due to post-war shortages and rationing it was not until about 1954 that it became easy to buy photographic equipment and consumables. As new cameras began to appear, there was debate over the ability to take ‘good’ pictures using old pre-war cameras. This argument was famously answered by “Picture Post” photographer Bert Hardy, who went to the seaside with a simple old Box Brownie camera and came back with some of the most memorable images of England in the mid 1950s. The pre-war picture magazines such as “Picture Post” declined rapidly in quality, and “Picture Post” eventually closed in 1957. Yet the desire to continue the photographic recording of everyday pleasures was evident in the 1950s Southam Street work of Roger Mayne, and also in the early 1960s in the work of Tony Ray-Jones (his “A Day Off”, 1974). Ray-Jones is known to have scoured London for the then uncollected photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone, one example of the piecemeal but growing awareness of the work of earlier British photographers. Ray-Jones’s extensive legacy in turning the mundane into the surreal can be seen in the 1990s work of contemporary photographers of everyday life and leisure, such as Homer Sykes, Tom Wood, Richard Billingham and Martin Parr. The 1960s: fashion and royalty The tradition of working-class and political photography runs in tandem with photography of the upper classes and British royalty, and the photography of the dandy culture of high fashion. … Continue reading

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Academic recreates photos by 19th Century pioneer

A researcher has used traditional equipment and techniques to recreate images by a pioneering Victorian photographer. Last year it emerged Ernest Howard Farmer was the photographer behind A Wiltshire Thatcher, which was used on the cover of the Led Zeppelin IV … Continue reading

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New Media, New Rules: Reimagining Photojournalism

When was the last time you saw a great news picture? Or a piece of reportage that truly made an impact? Regardless of your opinion of the winners, did you see any of the World Press images winners when they were actually … Continue reading

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Dance in protest: 30 years of the UK’s anti-rave Criminal Justice Bill

DJmag HAROLD HEATH 1 May 2024, 14:30 1st May 1994 was the first big London protest against the looming Criminal Justice Bill, the piece of legislation that first proscribed a genre of music — rave music, “wholly or predominantly categorised … Continue reading

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Kent State Shooting. 4th May 1970

54 years ago …. This is all happening again …. John Filo’s haunting photo from the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970, has never been more relevant.Angry student protestors confronted Filo, demanding to know why he was taking pictures, … Continue reading

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Under the Rainbow : Documents and Artefacts From Five Decades of LGBTQ+ Struggle and Liberation

An Exhibition at Broadway Cinema 25 July – 04 August 2024 – Free Event In the face of aggressive marginalisation, LGBTQ+ people in Nottingham fought for themselves and stood shoulder to shoulder with others. In doing so, they created their … Continue reading

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Peak District. 2 Hours of Beautiful Landscape Photography

The Derbyshire Peak District National Park Peak District. 2 Hours of Beautiful Landscape Photography by Alan Lodge taken with a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra / Expert RAW #landscape #photography #derbyshire #peakdistrict #nationalpark #peakdistrictphotography #samsung #samsunggalaxy #galaxys22ultra #expertraw

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Interview with Andy Earl, ex NTU

Andy reflects on his journey studying photography in university, delves into his career progression, explores the valuable lessons learned from mistakes, and shares anecdotes from his photo shoots with musicians.

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Glastonbury Festivals Slideshow

Glastonbury Festivals Slideshow. A selection; 1986 onwards ……

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Interest in working-class photography booms but barriers to industry remain

Despite films and exhibitions celebrating working-class photographers, their voices are increasingly rare today Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent At the end of Tish, the documentary about the photographer Tish Murtha, one of the lingering questions posed by her daughter Ella is … Continue reading

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Lecture 2 Festivals Events 400 pics. 60mins

Festivals, Travellers, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Free Party, Music, Environmental Protest, Reclaim the Street, Unions, Civil Disobedience, Policemen and …….. Lecture Slideshow 2 60mins. 400 pics / 9 sec change

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Film activists better : Media advice for activists

A guide to filming protests on your smartphone – for maximum impact – by one of the most experienced activist filmmakers around. https://peacenews.info/node/10880/film-activists-better 01 Apr 2024 Feature by Zoe Broughton If you film your campaign group in action, the footage … Continue reading

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College of Policing Guidance on Media Relations

 Engagement and communication Media relations 3.10  Media briefings Reporting from a scene Reporting or filming from the scene of an incident is part of the media’s role and they should not be prevented from doing so from a public place. … Continue reading

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‘Tish’ BBC4 – Tish’s daughter, Ella, uncovers her poignant story in this heartfelt documentary

Broadcast 1st April 2024 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001xyrg Mother, fighter and visionary photographer – Tish Murtha emerged from the north east in Thatcher’s Britain to expose the struggles and triumphs of her local community. Tish’s daughter, Ella, uncovers her poignant story in this … Continue reading

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Hothead ep DiY, Nottingham. Record cover photography

The tune ….

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Photography MA Presentation at Nottingham Trent University 2014

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Castlemorton, May 1992 – A slideshow

By 1992 leaked documents from Avon and Somerset Constabulary demonstrated the existence of Operation Nomad. Force Operational Order 36/92 marked `In Confidence’, revealed:  “With effect from Monday 27th April 1992, dedicated resources will be used to gather intelligence in respect … Continue reading

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NUJ wins settlement for photographers at Black Lives Matter protest

The union won an apology and out-of-court settlements for two photographers and a video journalist who were detained while covering a Black Lives Matter solidarity protest for Eric Garner at Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London, on December 10, … Continue reading

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