Thursday, 30 September 2010

Street Photography Now Project

Street Photography Now Project is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, authors of Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson).

Each week from 1 October 2010, a leading contemporary street photographer will issue a new instruction, written to inspire fresh ways of looking at and documenting the world we live in.

Over the following six days photographers around the world are invited to upload one photograph in response, to form part of a Street Photography Now Project Gallery on Flickr. After six days the next instruction will be issued.

The Project will run for 52 weeks. The aim is to build a global community of photographers exploring the rewards and challenges of documenting public life. All photographers, including those who contribute to the Instructions, will be encouraged to comment and respond to the images posted to the Flickr groups.

Though not a competition, at the end of the Project one photographer will be chosen who has made the most outstanding contribution to the project across a number of weeks. They will be awarded £1000 of Thames & Hudson books and have their work displayed on The Photographers’ Gallery digital Wall for All.

The Street Photography Now Project was launched in September 2010, as The Photographers’ Gallery closed its doors for the redevelopment of its building on Ramillies Street. The Project will run for one year and is scheduled to end when The Photographers’ Gallery reopens in late 2011.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

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Thursday, 23 September 2010

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 award winners

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010 award winners

Chairman's evening 23 September

Tonight I will spend some time asking for views about Malden Camera Club in particular

  • This year’s programme Good and bad points
  • Outings
  • Annual exhibition
  • Workshop evenings
  • Competitions
  • Club website
  • How you would like to see the club develop
John Rowe will be available to give advice on preparing mounts.

I will then give presentation on Internet resources etc for photographers and how these help support Malden Camera Club. After coffee Jackie will show some pictures she took on her climb of Mt Mount El'brus in Russia which is Europe’s highest peak at 5642 m.

We will also be using the new Club laptop and projector for the first time

The UK Picture Editors' Guild 2010 press photography contest winners

The first-ever winners of the UK Picture Editors' Guild press photography contest have been announced at a gala dinner held in London.

Martin Argles of The Guardian collected the 2010 SABMiller Press Photographer of the Year award in addition to gaining the prize for his photo essay of the doomed final days of Gordon Brown's premiership

Sarah demands that Gordon Brown return for a photograph in the kitchen of their house in Scotland

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Having a laugh

Having a laugh
Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
After last weeks meeting where we were treated to a presentation on Portraits, I took this image at a dinner dance. I like to think that I captured the the smile and laugh. It was taken using flash, this produced the dark background removing any distractions. The shot was angled looking up.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

How to take stunning photographs

Avaible on Chanel 5 OD

Celebrity photographer Harry Borden instructs two budding snappers in how to turn simple snapshots of friends and family into stunning portraits. Harry's students are then put to the test with assignments that include producing a heroic portrait for the Help for Heroes charity.

Chanel 5 Web site How to take stunning photographs

Friday, 10 September 2010

BBC IPlayer The Edwardian Family Album

Peter Snow celebrates the Edwardian age by examining pictures from the period, a time that saw an explosion in photography for the masses.

From formal studio portraits to lively snapshots and from glittering postcard collections to colourful scrapbooks, our Edwardian ancestors kept fascinating social documents of their lives, which have been passed down through the generations to the descendants who appear on the show. Recorded at the glorious Edwardian mansion of Manderston in the Scottish Borders, the programme uncovers the historical backdrop to treasured family heirlooms, from the advent of the motorcar to the sufragette movement, and from extremes of wealth and poverty it has all been captured in what has proved to be the golden age of popular photography.

See on IPlayer


Cottages - Dungeness
Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
Dungeness offers many interesting photographic opportunities, a nuclear power station, light houses, decaying fishing boats, bungalows and acres of shingle. It’s within easy reach of London on the Kent coat between Rye and Folkestone.

Dungeness features in the Guardian Camera Club report on Rob Painter  who participated in the housing photography monthly assignment.

“The great thing about these pictures of shacks in Dungeness is the light. It looks like Rob took these on a perfect summer's day and the quality of the light along with the sunburnt grass has given a hot, dusty feel that hangs over all the images in the set.

The clean light has given a stillness which complements the simple way that the photographs have been shot with no converging verticals.There is a good range of tight and wider shots, that hold the viewer's attention. There is an absence of people, but for some reason this doesn't matter, the shacks are more like found objects than dwelling places. Good work and wait - the pictures makes you want to visit Essex!”

The only thing I would say is about the geography is wrong Dungeness is not in Essex but I do share his sentiments about the unique landscape that is Dungeness

Astronomy photographer of the year 2010

From the Guardian a selection of entries from this year's competition, held at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. See here for details

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Denbies Harvest Photograph Competition

Harvest Photograph Competition

After the success of previous years, Denbies Wine Estate is pleased to be hosting the annual harvest photograph competition in conjunction with Andy Newbold photography. The competition welcomes photographers of all abilities to capture their interpretation of harvest at Denbies Wine Estate. Harvest is the most significant time of the vineyard. In the brief window of October the foundations are laid for the wine production of the coming year. Denbies produces in excess of 300,000 litres of grape juice a year, which is reflected in the energy, enthusiasm and celebration that surrounds the harvest.

“We are always impressed by the quality and standard of work that is submitted and we look forward with anticipation to receiving this year’s entries” commented Jane Callaghan Events Co-ordinator at Denbies Wine Estate.

All entries will be judged by a local professional photographer Andy Newbold. Andy is based in Leatherhead and has a vast knowledge of photographic techniques. This year 1st prize is a family portrait sitting in courtesy of Andy Newbold photography, 2nd prize is a Denbies Christmas hamper (to the value of £75) and 3rd prize is a mixed case of 6 bottles of Denbies Wine. The winning photograph of last year’s competition can be seen in the forthcoming events leaflet.

The closing date for entries is 5th November and the entry fee is £3.50 for each photograph or £10 for four photographs. All of the profits will be donated to charity.

Denbies Wine Estate is the largest in England and is in the heart of Surrey with 265 acres of vines. Denbies is located in Dorking, Surrey with direct rail access from London Waterloo and Victoria mainline stations.

Surrey Gold Harvest Award (1st prize) Family Portrait Sitting Courtesy of Andy Newbold photography

Redland Harvest Award (2nd prize) Denbies Christmas Hamper (to the value of £75)

Juniper Hill Harvest Award (3rd prize) Mixed case of 6 bottles of Denbies wine

Competition Rules.

1. Access to the vineyard must be kept to public footpaths. Denbies is a working vineyard with moving vehicles’, extreme caution must be taken at all times..

2. The competition is open to any amateur photographers.

3. There is an entry fee of £3 for each photograph, and £10 for five or more photographs.

4. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and the correct entry fee. Cheques should be made payable to Denbies Wine Estate*.

5. All entries must be in the form of prints, either traditionally or digitally produced, between 7x5 inches and 12x10 inches in size. Prints must not be framed. Each print must have the entrant's name, address, contact telephone number clearly written on the back. A suitable stamped addressed envelope must be provided for their return.

6. All photographs must be the copyright of the entrant and must be their own work.

7. Every care will be taken with submitted entries but Denbies Wine Estate cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage however caused.

8. Prizes are as stated and no alternatives can be offered. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. Denbies Wine Estate reserves the right to use entered photographs for publicity for the competition, including on its website, free of charge. The copyright remains with the photographer.

10. Entries may be submitted at reception or sent by post to Marketing Department. Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA.

11. The closing date for the competition is 5th November 2010.

*All proceeds will be donated to charity

Entry forms are available from Denbies Reception or by emailing the events department at:

9th September print competition

Off and away
Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
Tonight we have the fourth round of the Club print Competition on the set subject of water.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Bring and buy sale 2nd September

The first meeting of the autumn season was the bring and buy sale which was well supported. This has provided the  Club with a wellcome boost to our finances by raising around £145.

Football injury

Football injury
Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
Taken at the recent Malden Camera Club photoshoot at Kingstonian Football match against Hornchurch. we are all grateful to Roland Adams who organised the photoshoot and to Kingstonian football club for their hospitality and all they did to make the shoot such a sucess

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Tate Britain - Exhibition Eadweard Muybridge

Exhibition Eadweard Muybridge

8 September 2010 - 16 January 2011 (Press view: 6 September 2010)
Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries

Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Admission £10 (£9 concessions). For tickets visit or call 020 7887 8888

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, and until 22.00 on the first Friday of every month for Late at Tate

The pioneering Anglo-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) will be the subject of a major retrospective at Tate Britain in autumn 2010. Bringing together over 150 works, this exhibition will demonstrate how Muybridge broke new ground in the emerging art form of photography. From his iconic images of motion to depictions of the sublime landscapes of America, the exhibition will present the full range of Muybridge’s work, exploring how he created and honed remarkable images that continue to resonate powerfully.

Born in Kingston upon Thames in April 1830, Muybridge studied photography before building his career in America. Perhaps best known for his extensive photographic portrayal of animal and human subjects in motion, he was also a highly successful landscape and survey photographer, documentary artist, war correspondent and inventor. Muybridge’s revolutionary techniques produced timeless images that have profoundly influenced generations of photographers, filmmakers and artists, including Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Douglas Gordon.

This broadly chronological exhibition will focus on the period of rapid technological and cultural change from the late 1860s to 1904. It will include the celebrated early experimental series of motion-capture photographs such as The Attitudes of Animals in Motion 1881, and the later sequence Animal Locomotion 1887. It will also consider how Muybridge constructed, manipulated and presented these photographs and will feature his original zoopraxiscope, which projected his images of suspended motion to create the illusion of movement.

Muybridge’s carefully managed studio photographs contrast with his panoramic landscapes of America, in which he balanced professionalism with a truly artistic sensibility. He was fascinated by change and progress and his photographs recorded both the natural beauty of this vast continent, and the rapid colonial modernisation of its towns and cities. The exhibition will include many of his series of images of the Yosemite Valley, along with views of Alaska, Guatemala, urban panoramas of San Francisco, and his 1869 survey of the construction of the Eastward bound Railroad through California, Nevada and Utah. These photographs form a unique social document of this fascinating period of history, as well as representing a profound achievement of technological innovation and artistic originality.

Muybridge travelled between Britain, America and Europe throughout his career, studying photography, and later lecturing around the world. In 1874 while living in San Francisco he shot his wife’s lover and had her son placed in an orphanage, but was subsequently acquitted of the crime as a ‘justifiable homicide’, a story retold in Philip Glass’s opera The Photographer. He returned to England in 1894, and died at home in Kingston in 1904.

The exhibition was conceived by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington and curated at Tate Britain by Ian Warrell, Curator of 18th and 19th century British Art, and Carolyn Kerr, Head of Programme Management. The exhibition is organised by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. A fully illustrated catalogue, published by Tate Publishing, will be available.

For further press information please contact Selina Jones/Alex O’Neill, Tate Press Office

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