Talks, exhibitions and the like
Me and Alick went along to the London to Brighton talk at the Old Market in Brighton. Great panel of photographers including Ben Roberts, Hin Chua and Laura Pannack. They were filming it so hopefully it will be somewhere online sometime soon.
As well as talking briefly about their individual work there was an open panel discussion on the topic (vaguely) of inspiration, A few of the discussions that came up fell into the usual debates (photographic education, too many graduates, oversaturation of photography and the like) but there were some interesting points, touching on some ideas that have been discussed on here previously, particularly about the audience to work being other photographers (or not).
For me I think that the most interesting work and some interesting points were probably from Maja Daniels, possibly because she talked a fair bit about access (and Taryn Simon) and the importance to her of the situation which photography draws you into, not just as a means to get the photograph. But I’m sure Alick would have an alternative view..
Another point I found interesting was Hin describing the idea that in order for him to find an image interesting there had to be something in the image which “disrupted” him in some way. I would say I definately relate to that idea, and it probably describes pretty well what draws me to certain images, something that is odd or slightly discordant.
Hopefully Alick will have something more insightful to add…
Also I went along today to the Brighton MA show, you can see some of the work here- http://www.made-2011.com.
My level of interest was quite mixed but there were some bits I really liked, and they had a really nice little publication which is always good.