Ron Haviv is an amazing photojournalist who has covered many of the major conflicts and humanitarian crises of recent years including the DRC, Sudan, Haiti and Afghanistan. He has also done features on Mexico and Los Angeles gangs. He is a co-founder of the VII Photo Agency.
Landon Nordeman has a great eye for composition and an ability to spot the unusual in the most ordinary of places.
Jen Gotch‘s work is beautifully simple and often just beautiful. I love it. And I love the design of her website too.
I found it an odd exhibition. There are moments of brilliance next to work which gives contemporary art a bad name, often in the same room. There are works which are fun and playful next to works which are serious and deep. I am sure that the empty shoebox sitting in the middle of the gallery, or the whole gallery full of bits of shredded tires were supposed to have some deep meaning for me whereas in fact they just left me cold. The photographs of his yellow Schwalbe scooter next to identical scooters on the streets of Berlin is a nice concept but after I’d looked at 30 similar photos it had worn very thin. And the car cut in half and then rejoined??
But there is a lot to admire. The few pieces of his photography on display are amusing and well done (I liked the breath on piano and the image of tins of cat food on water melons – fleeting moments captured). I liked Atomists – a series of sporting photographs taken from national newspapers and then overlaid with colour dots, spheres and ellipses. Similarly, I enjoyed his work of various banknotes also painted over with large spots and spheres.
But the two highlights of the exhibition for me were Dial Tone, a ten metre long scroll made up of phone numbers from the New York telephone directory, carefully cut into columns of numbers and pasted; and the Obit series where headlines from obituaries are printed on Japanese paper in a size corresponding to the original obituary, minus the person’s name. Those two works alone made the exhibition worthwhile.
The Obit Series
Breath on piano
The National Portrait Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of EO Hoppé. Hoppé was German born but moved to the UK when he was 22 and became one of the most celebrated British photographers of the early 20th Century. In recent years he has faded from public awareness; the NPG exhibition aims to restore his reputation.
The exhibition features around 150 works. About 2/3rds of the photos are the portraits for which he was best known. Hoppé was famed for his ability to capture the personality of his sitters. Much of this work is impressive and acts as a who’s who of the era: George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Margot Fonteyn, Einstein, and the Royal Family.
The other third of the exhibition shows his street photography including a number of photos take with a hidden camera concealed in a bag or parcel. I preferred this side of his work and I would like to have seen more (something the writer Geoff Dyer also said in a talk on Hoppé at the NPG last week). But I guess if this had been the case then the exhibition would not have been at the National Portrait Gallery!
Richard Learoyd creates his images using what is effectively a walk-in camera with the images focussed by the camera direct onto a sheet of positive photographic paper – there is no negative.
As far as I can tell Richard Learoyd’s website has no images on it.