Archive for October, 2009

Robin’s ‘Silver Footprint’ show moves to London

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Robin Bell’s Silver Footprint show is moving to the Richard Young Gallery in Kensington, London – and it includes the picture of mine that Robin chose:

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

I’m looking forward to the opening, and seeing the book which the exhibition has spawned. Drop by if you’re in London, the show is on from 5th to 28th November at the Richard Young Gallery.

Theresienstadt

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I’ve finally got around to scanning some more pictures from the Theresienstadt story.

Theresienstadt
Administration office in the military prison used by the Gestapo during the Nazi era to hold political prisoners. Small Fortress, Terezin, Czech Republic. November 2003.

It really was an extraordinary day that I spent there in 2003, and quite unexpected. Have a look at more pictures here, or download the PDF, in which you can also read my thoughts on the place.

That day sparked a long term project about the prisons used by repressive regimes to suppress opposition. I’m hoping to do some more work on this over the next year.

An old pic from Sarajevo

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I’ve been going through old contacts because of a submission I’m compiling. One of the joys of this process is seeing the pictures you missed the first time through. In this case I found one from Sarajevo that I really like. Perhaps it owes more than a little to Brandt though…

Sarajevo. February 2004.

Sarajevo. February 2004.

You can see more pictures from Bosnia here.

ByN RiP

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Sadly it seems that a combination of the rapidly changing marketplace for photographic services and the tailspin that has taken control of the Spanish economy has caused the sudden closure of my local professional lab, BN Profesional in Valencia.

Known to many simply as ByN, the Spanish acronym for B&W or Black and White, this lab had been the prime professional resource in Valencia for many years, and I have been a client since February 2002 when I moved to the city. Obviously B&W processing, which had once – judging by the name – been the main business, had diminished in importance over the years. I sometimes got the impression that I was the only old-school customer they had left. But the company had invested heavily in digital output. They could produce the huge colour prints so beloved by galleries these days, but also even larger prints for the commercial market.

A company that was looking to the future, then. So what went wrong? Who knows. All I can tell you is that after a few days calling and getting an engaged signal I visited the place on Monday. The familiar office had the appearance of a place rapidly vacated. The piles of papers always on the desks had been knocked over, display stands upset, that sort of thing. It wasn’t as if the place had been trashed exactly, just that the occupiers had left in a hurry. The security shutter hadn’t even been pulled down.

Meantime I’ve been digging out my old dev tank and trying to track down a photo shop that still stocks chemicals.

Website work

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Well, after months of pretending things were going to get better just by themselves, I’m putting some time into making the Client Area of the website work properly. It’ll be back up and working in a couple of days.

You don’t have to be a client to have a look by the way!