Posts Tagged ‘Financial Times’

Notable: Dayanita Singh, Financial Times

In Article, Black and White Photography, Books, Photographer on April 28, 2013 at 7:23 am

Singh's 'Asiatic Library Reading Room, Bombay' (2000)

Singh’s ‘Asiatic Library Reading Room, Bombay’ (2000)

Fascinating article about Indian photographer Dayanita Singh. Her work and life is worth noticing.

“Photography is not enough for me; it’s just my language but unless I can make poetry out of it, or a novel, what good is all [my] vocabulary? Photography is 10 per cent of the work. The rest is all the reading, all the films you are watching … ”

Another cornerstone is friendship. Although she guards her solitude, she stresses that “conversations are enormously important”. Her close friends include writers Vikram Seth and Aveek Sen – who has written the text for her latest book House of Love. “If one says ‘I am going to Libya next week’, I will go because I get so much from that conversation.”

Those rapports feed into artworks such as Chairs (2005), the book that was distributed in sets of 10 to friends with instructions to give them to recipients of their choice.

Such a notion begs comparison with more overtly conceptual artists such as Alighiero Boetti. Also of the moment is Singh’s fascination with archives, which inspired her recent custom of displaying photographs in specially made structures. Impeccably crafted in teak, they are simultaneously cabinets and filing systems that permit the owner to change the sequences; to tell their own story using Singh’s lexicon.

For more information: Financial Times

Notable: “Hodgson’s Choice”, Photography critic’s dream collection

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector on January 26, 2013 at 7:30 am


Great writing, good choices.

We all dream of the collection we could make if we had limitless time and resources. In this series, FT photography critic Francis Hodgson selects the must-have images that would comprise his ideal collection.

For more information: Financial Times

Notable: “What happened when leading photographers including Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall and Josef Koudelka came together to discuss art, Israel and bear costumes?” Financial Times

In Article, Photographer on February 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm


Photographer Jeff Wall on location in Israel

You don’t often see collaborations among the great contemporary fine art photography set. See how one determined man pulled it off:

Slim, tanned and dressed in a flapping white shirt and the kind of tight swimming trunks only Frenchmen can wear with confidence, Brenner has spent three decades attempting to create what he describes as “the most extensive record of Jewish life ever”. The project, mostly in a black and white documentary style, has taken in 40 countries and formed the basis for numerous exhibitions and photobooks, most notably 2003’s two-volume Diaspora: Homelands in Exile. But what Brenner initially thought of as a personal quest has become a group endeavour. “Israel is both place and metaphor, a land of radical otherness,” he explains as we walk by the pools. “And to explore that, I needed others.”

Find out who joined in on the project: Documenting Israel

Notable: Edward Burtynsky: Pentimento/Gulf Oil Spill, Flowers Central, London

In Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on January 23, 2011 at 9:47 am


Edward Burtynsky, ‘Shipbreaking #4 Field Proof’, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Interesting article in the Financial Times today by Francis Hodgson on Edward Burtynsky’s two approaches to oil spill photo shoots over the last decade.

At Flowers Central, in London’s Cork Street, there is a radical departure for Burtynsky, albeit of a retrograde kind. Pentimento (which means the action of a draughtsman revisiting his own work) is a series of large black and white reprints from the Type 55 Polaroids that Burtynsky made originally to check lighting and composition when he was producing his sequence on the Chittagong shipbreakers in Bangladesh. Type 55 produced both a print and a very fine-grained negative, and the new series takes delight in every blemish and crease from the original, including gashes of missing emulsion, stress marks and other scars of the passage of time, all seen in that enduringly suggestive and recognisable “frame” of the detritus of the Polaroid chemistry around the image.

Upstairs, Burtynsky is showing a series of aerial views of last year’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The weakness is that these are aerial views, blown up large, and even Burtynsky doesn’t always have all the control he needs from the unstable platform of a small plane.Still, Burtynsky has managed here and there to produce a sea surface as it has rarely been photographed before.

For the show review: Financial Times

For a slide show of the Polaroids: Edward Burtynsky: Pentimento

For the Gulf Oil Images: Flowers Gallery