August 18, 2008

Last chance to see Street and Studio

Tate Modern's Street and Studio exhibition ends at the end of the month (31 August). It's a concise history of urban photography both in the 'off the cuff' street environment and in formal, contrived studios. From the whimsical observations of a young Lartigue to the paparazzi shots of the late 60s, the 'street' of this exhibition pretty much has it all. The 'studio' element spans the staged portraits from the early days of photography to the capturing of 'characters' in contemporary settings.

While it's not the greatest collection ever, there are plenty of important and excellent works on display that you may not have all seen in one place.

Posted by kimgilmour at 05:30 PM

April 19, 2006

Photobook auction on 18th May

The popularity of photography books as collectors' items continues apace. Christie's is holding the first proper auction of rare photobooks at Kings Street London on 18th May. Estimates for the books range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of pounds and this event will surely be attracting global interest from avid collectors. A strong representation of Japanese photographers and first editions from old masters is there. I wouldn't be surprised if Martin Parr, the photographer with a keen interest in photographic books (as of 2004 he owned about 7,000 and has published a book on photobooks), will be at the auction to outbid everyone!

Posted by kimgilmour at 03:21 PM

October 05, 2005

Update on photography exhibitions in London

Here's a quick update on some interesting photo exhibtions in London which you may be interested in checking out!

  • First of all prolific and controversial Japanese photographer Araki opens at the Barbican this week, and will be here to talk about his work.
  • Then, a round-up of legendary photographer Diane Arbus' photographs at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, from 13 October until mid-January. The largest retrospective of her work ever exhibited.
  • Also at the V&A, we currently have on new photos and video from China, which runs until mid-January 2006.

    Posted by kimgilmour at 07:03 PM
  • January 04, 2005

    New York revisited

    A couple of photos from our trip to New York this Christmas/New Year's...

    Dogs, running around in Central Park on 27 December...

    An extremely touristy jaunt to the Statue of Liberty. Even Rob went; he hadn't been since 1987! I hurried off at one point and bought a veggie burger, and immediately threw it away upon purchase. Unfortunately all food in New York is great except for that found on Liberty Island.

    Midtown snow woman

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    September 02, 2004

    Updated photos at NYCLondon

    More photos have been added to RG's running Photolog at NYCLondon - they are the same ones which have featured on the photoblog, but more accessible.

    I've got a few Lomo photos which came back from the lab (yes, the photo lab!) today. There's one nice one I'll scan in sometime this weekend. Cheers. Oh, and I've signed up to the Lomo site but I'm confused by the ticked box: "Do not uncheck if you don't want to receive no newsletters from lomography," it says. What does that mean?

    Posted by kimgilmour at 09:29 PM | Comments (0)

    June 08, 2004

    Venus passes the sun

    Mike over at Urban75 has a cool picture of today's rare eclipse. Check it out! This only happens once every couple of hundred years!

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    March 03, 2004

    London Eye, Venus

    The London Eye with Venus showing through the centre as a spoke-like line during a long exposure. For more detail, see NYCLondon Blog.

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    February 11, 2004

    Current and upcoming London photo exhibitons

    Apart from the aforementioned Citigroup Photography Prize 2004 (which I am yet to see but you can read a review of here), there are a few other photography exhibits currently showing (or soon to be held) in London. These are:

    Cecil Beaton at the National Portrait Gallery until 31 May.
    Bill Brandt: A Centenary Retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 24 March to 25 July 2004.
    Daido Moriyama at the Shine Gallery until 10 April 2004.

    Posted by kimgilmour at 02:53 PM | Comments (1)

    November 26, 2003

    Drainpipe in the summer

    If you're in London today, you'll know that it is bucketing down with rain. That's partly why I've chosen to post a photo taken earlier in the summer of, well, a wall. It's at Hampton Court, where we went on a day trip. So presumably it's a very old wall. Trains leave from Waterloo station so you can go see this, and other, old walls. Once there, we got lost in the maze and I'm pretty sure we ended up exiting the way we came in rather than do it the right way. Or we may have tried again. I can't remember, but all I know was that after 10 minutes of aimlessly wandering around it wasn't all that fun anymore! Speaking of fun, we're going to see Radiohead at Earl's Court tonight AND tomorrow. It looks like it's going to be a weekend full of sleep... but it'll be worth it :) Rob will take pics!

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    September 29, 2003

    Item of the week

    Step right up for the item of the week at Topshop. It's the fast-paced slave-to-fashion life you've always dreamed of!

    Or perhaps you just want to wait for your friend who's trying on the latest throwaway top...

    These photos were taken while wandering into Oxford Street's Topshop in London early in 2003. I have never bought anything from Topshop in my life - I've just never found anything in it particularly exciting. I guess it's the fact that whatever they sell there is meant to have a shelf life of six weeks or less, fashion-wise. Anyway, it was interesting seeing all the blokes waiting for their girlfriends in the dressing rooms! I really wanted to encounter a little more 'Martin Parr' subject matter that I did - I'm not in a hurry to go back and try and find more banality though.

    Posted by kimgilmour at 09:09 PM | Comments (1)

    September 28, 2003

    Brown Sauce on Baker St

    The height of culinary excellence awaits you at the greasy spoon on Baker Street! Note: More of my London photos can be found here.

    Posted by kimgilmour at 09:10 PM | Comments (1)