September 2010 Archives
SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2010
Four photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from nearly 6,000 submissions entered by 2,401 photographers. The exhibition will run from 11 November 2010 through to 20 February 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
With its substantial prize fund and high-profile exhibition and tour, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize continues the Gallery's long tradition of championing the very best contemporary portrait photography. The following four photographers have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010:
David Chancellor for Huntress with Buck, from the series Hunters
Born in the UK in 1961, David Chancellor is based in both London and Cape Town. His shortlisted portrait is of 14 year old Josie Slaughter from Alabama, on her first hunting trip to South Africa. The portrait is from his project documenting hunters, the hunted and spaces associated with hunting. He says: 'As a child I was fascinated by the tales of Colonel Jim Corbett hunting man-eating tigers in India. As an art student it was Peter Beard's seminal work The End of the Game that fascinated and inspired. This work will seek to explore the intricate and complex relationship between man and animals and how both struggle to adapt to their changing environments.' Chancellor shoots documentary reportage and portraiture for a range of clients and regularly works on projects for Non-Governmental Organisations. He studied advertising and editorial photography at Kent Institute of Art and Design, his work has been exhibited across Europe and South Africa and his first monograph, Hunters, will be published in 2011.
Panayiotis Lamprou for Portrait of my British wife
Born in Athens in 1975, Panayiotis Lamprou, was introduced to photography at the 'Photography Circle' in Athens in 1998 where he studied under Platon Rivellis. He went on to study further at the Centro de Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia in Spilimbergo, Italy. His intimate shortlisted portrait of his British wife was never intended for public display. The portrait was taken at the couple's summerhouse on the small island of Schinousa in the Aegean Sea on a hot summer's day. Lamprou says: 'I've never shown it to anyone. Only she knew about it. When she saw it she said that even if it wasn't nude the photograph has the same power to express. I can describe the portrait as independence, love, devotion and freedom.' His work has been included in numerous publications and he has exhibited in 16 exhibitions throughout Europe. This will be the first time that his work has been on show in the UK.
Jeffrey Stockbridge for Tic Tac and Tootsie (twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean) from the seriesNowhere but Here
Jeffrey Stockbridge, born 1982 in Woodbine, Maryland, moved to Philadelphia to study photography at Drexel University in 2002. Stockbridge's shortlisted photograph is of Tic Tac and Tootsie, 20-year-old twin sisters Carroll and Shelly McKean taken in Kensington, North Philadelphia. The twin sisters, who live on the street and suffer from insomnia, are both addicted to Xanex and have resorted to prostitution to supply their habit. Stockbridge says: 'Enduring unthinkable pain on a daily basis, the sisters are both incredibly strong and weak at the same time. Caught in the grip of their addiction, they do whatever it takes to survive, except for getting clean.' Upon graduating in 2005, Stockbridge was placed as runner-up in theNew York Times Magazine's 'Capture the Times' photography competition for his series on abandoned houses in Philadelphia, titled Occupied. He has exhibited widely in the US since graduation and received many grants and awards for his projects documenting urban blight in Philadelphia.
Abbie Trayler-Smith for Untitled 2 from the series Childhood Obesity
Born in South Wales in 1977, Abbie Trayler-Smith studied law at Kings College, London while taking photographs for the student newspaper. Self-trained, she went on to work as a photographer for The Daily Telegraph. Her shortlisted portrait was taken on the second meeting with a girl called Chelsea, from Shine, a group in Sheffield who help teenagers deal with obesity. Trayler-Smith says: 'Whilst talking about how it feels to live with the prejudices that come with being overweight, I looked away to change the film in my camera. When I looked back the picture was suddenly there. I shot one frame.' Trayler-Smith has worked for Time Magazine, GEO, Marie Claire, Tatler, Guardian Weekend, Oxfam, UNICEF and BBC Worldwide among others. Her project on asylum seekers in the UK, Still Human, Still Here was exhibited at HOST Gallery, London, in 2009 with an accompanying film which won both the Nikon Award 2009 and the PPY Best Multimedia Piece 2009. She joined Panos Pictures in 2007 and became a member of Panos Profile in 2010.
The prizes for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 9 November 2010 at 7pm.
An animation created by David Shrigley for The Save the Arts Campaign made in response to Governmental proposals to slash 25% of funding for the Arts in the UK.
The Save the Arts campaign is organised by the London branch of the Turning Point Network, a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK.
The aim of the Save the Arts campaign is to encourage people to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.
Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Anthony Caro, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign. To sign the petition go to www.savethearts.org.uk
Details of Alec Soth and Lester B Morrison's new, innovative book-object 'Broken Manual' can be found at Little Brown Mushroom.
"Soth investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways, but this isn't a conventional documentary book on life "off the grid." Instead, working with the writer Lester B. Morrison, the authors have created an underground instruction manual for those looking to escape their lives".
An exhibition curated by VINCE ALETTI
4th September -- 3rd October 2010
Maureen Paley Gallery, London
Wolfgang Tillmans Nacken (a) 2007
Sam Taylor Wood, Still Life (video stills), 2001
In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries though also common in other places and periods. The word is Latin, meaning "emptiness" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of Vanity. Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, which symbolizes decay like ageing; bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life. Sam Taylor Wood's work (Still Life, Video Stills, 2001) is another step in this direction: the image, beautiful as ever in Taylor-Wood's universe, decomposes itself. By the end, nothing is left but a grey amorphous mass.On closer inspection, one thing distinguishes this picture from its predecessors. The ball-point pen. A cheap, contemporary object that doesn't decay.