November 01, 2008

Photomonth - east London photography festival

Hopefully I'll get a quick chance to check out a few of the events at Photomonth, the east London photography festival. Highlights include the Photo Open exhibition at the Old Truman Gallery on Brick Lane and the photo fair at Spitalfields market.

Other photography events this month include the Robert Capa war photograph exhibition at the Barbican, which runs until 25 January. And top contributors to the Tate's Street or Studio Flickr pool will be featured in a print on demand book which is being launched at the Tate Britain's Duveen galleries from 6-8pm 7 November. Whew!

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August 20, 2008

Lonely Planet London photo competition

Do you fancy seeing your photos on the cover of a Lonely Planet guide?
The travel publisher and the photo sharing site Pikeo have launched a photo competition which could see your image on the cover of its Encounter pocket guide to London town.
Apart from being seen in all good bookstores, the winner will receive a free trip to India, Russia, Moscow or Kenya.
To enter visit the competition page at Other cities involved in the competition include Paris, Barcelona and Istanbul.
There are some guidelines: namely images must be taken from street level in a documentary style, have a central focal point, use rich colours and include people in an everyday context. Entries close 8 September.

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December 18, 2007

Merry Christmas from London Photos!

Hi all,

Thanks for visiting the London Photos blog in 2007. I know there hasn't been a prolific range of photos this year, partly because I spent a third of the year travelling abroad rather than staying in London! I do hope that I'll be able to upgrade this supremely ancient site which is still running a 2003 version of Movable Type, and actually migrate all the images to the new version successfully. Part of the reason I haven't been updating as much, apart from taking less photos, is because this website is quite clunky and prone to spam - I've recently reopened comments though!

An identifying sticker worn at a London Christmas party that entitled the bearer to free food and drink

Another thing I hope to have ready in early 2008 is a self-published book of London Photos that includes highlights of images I've produced over the last four years. (Off topic: if you're interested in a novel for teens 14 and over, I've written Drive to Nowhere a mystery/adventure novel set in the Australian bush and suburban Sydney starring the teen daughter of a rock star - check it out and maybe buy a copy if you're interested :))

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May 15, 2007

Taking a little break

I'm taking a little break from London Photos, but I will be back in a few months to 'celebrate' its 4th anniversary!!

Mee Grob Thai noodles
Some vegetarian Mee Grob Thai noodles that Rob spent a couple of hours making (I deep fried the noodles bit) Is nice!

PPA Awards food
These are the pre-vegetable dinners that we received at the PPA Awards last Wednesday - the Periodical Publishers' Association. My aubergine dish was great. I say 'pre vegetable' because we received little vegetables afterwards, like a potato square and some sugar snaps and carrots. I was sat in pretty much the same spot 3.5 years ago!

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April 28, 2007

Photo London next month

The annual photographic event, Photo London, will be held from 31 May to 3 June.
Last year, the mixture was quite good - collectible photobooks and new book signings; old and new displays of photography from around the world on sale from exhibitors. Now, Photo London has been taken over by multinational Reed Exhibitions, who are responsible for the annual Paris Photo in the autumn.
There is also now a conscious shift to contemporary photography after 1970, which I think is a shame -- not that I'm saying that photography after 1970 is not good, far from it. But being a photography show the focus will probably be on selling/collecting overpriced photography with mass interest. Ho hum. Also on the 31st of May, is the Christie's photobook auction number two. The catalogue is not yet available to browse but you can visit the forum at Photobook guide to discuss.

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January 20, 2007

Dusty lorry

A couple of quick mobile phone pics today...
I'm not sure how long people have scrawled dusty graffiti on vehicles, but this one in front of the Barbican Centre gave us a laugh as we walked by.

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October 11, 2006

New photography exhibitions

The Times has reviewed two new photography exhibitions now showing in London. The first is at the V&A entitled Twilight: Photography in the magic hour. The second is at the Barbican and covers 20th century European photography. It's called In the face of history.

Read the review here.

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August 28, 2006

Sunday afternoon


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April 29, 2006 is born!

Rob's new project coincides with the growing interest in photographic books.

In his words: " reviews photo books, particularly the landmark books, but also important new books and more obscure titles. There is little information on the web that covers the history of photo books, at least that isnít directly intended to sell that books that it may discuss. This is curious as there are vast oceans of people devouring photography on the net. Just look at The critical success of Andrew Rothís Book of 101 Books, The: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, and then the commercial success of Parr and Badgerís The Photobook begged the question why no one has tried a similar exercise on the web. The thriving market for photobooks - some of these books sell for many hundreds or even thousands of dollars on ebay - and the success of the PhotoEye bookshop is proof that people are interested.

"And so is my modest start at putting some of this information online. There are studies of six books there now, with plenty of great photography to look at. What I may lack in authority is hopefully offset by the passion I have for these books. There is so much incredible photography sitting on bookshelves that the web mostly ignores. Iím planning to share some of these amazing books with you, I hope you will visit as I add reviews."

If you're interested, why not visit Photobook Guide?

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October 07, 2005

Bye little flat...

Just when I thought we'd become settled in our nice little flat, the landlords decide they want to sell up and now we have to move again in a month's time. How depressing; I thought we'd be in this place at least another year. Sigh. Now the process of packing, moving, changing addresses and so on again resumes -- three times in the space of two years. Guess that is what happens when you rent a place, but we can't afford to buy anything in the area we are living now! I am going to miss our view and we are going to have to move our little orange tree from his happy home. Anyway; we hope to not move very far -- and look out for our random stuff being sold on eBay! :)

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September 21, 2005


I've just moved the site to a new server, so pardon the appearance!

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September 02, 2005

Another London blog!

Checked out Perfect Blue Sky's photo blog yet? I asked Chris (a former colleague and an all-round entertaining guy) very nicely if I could link to his page off mine as I have been feeling quite guilty that I haven't had much of a chance to take any London photos lately.

The one of the blokes at the kiosk took them by surprise, as he'd pretended to hide his camera at the time then took a sneak photo moments later.

I was in Ireland last weekend, and I'd like to post some of the photos here, but they aren't strictly London-related, are they? However, if you're interested in seeing some pinholes check out NYCLondon for more - and a photo I took of the camera in question.

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June 04, 2005

London snow photos on display

Some of my London snow photos will be complementing a short performance of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, to be held at the British Library on 27 June at 6.30pm featuring actress Paula Wilcox. Tickets to the event, which lasts for an hour, are 6 pounds and can be purchased from the British Library website.

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December 22, 2004

Christmas time

Merry Christmas and a happy welcoming to 2005, everyone. Probably won't have time to post anything until the New Year; hope to see you again soon.

PS: Checked out the Pillow Fight pics on R.G's site yet?

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November 05, 2004

In business!

FINALLY got my battery charger from And HOPEFULLY I'll begin taking more photos and posting again - at least before autumn disappears. We're moving house so it may not be until the end of the month though.

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October 15, 2004

Need a recharge

Since our place got broken into, I've spent the past month waiting on Amazon for an elusive replacement battery charger for my digital camera. Unfortunately, the estimated delivery time of 5-11 October was, surprise, surprise, altered on the 11th to 15-22 October. So, I've gone elsewhere for that! If anyone knows any good online places to buy cheap camera stuff, post it here!

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July 05, 2004

Watch the space

Got to scan a few B&W negatives I did with my temperamental Pentax K1000 tonight - they're of Little India (Southall). Come back tomorrow and I should have some pics up. Don't know how they've come out yet...

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June 24, 2004

Hayward photo exhibitons open

Back in May I mentioned the Hayward Gallery's new photo exhibitions. Well, they're open now until September: Jacques Henri Lartigue and Photography and the Death of the Portrait.

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June 10, 2004

New Yorker's London Pics

Check out Rion's pictures of her London trip. These are my sort of photos!

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May 28, 2004


I'm still around - business will resume normal opening hours shortly! Expect a few photos next week, but London may be conspicuously absent...

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May 05, 2004

New Hayward Photo Exhibition

From 24 June to 5 September, the Hayward Gallery in London will hold a new photographic exhibtion called Photography and the Death of the Portrait. It aims to explore whether "the notions of portraiture as an expression of the inner self through external appearance" still holds true in an age of genetic engineering and mass media. What this means when it comes to the photographs themselves I don't know. The Hayward exhibition is accompanied by a major showing of the French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue, the first of its kind in Britain. I presume the admission fee covers both shows.

Also - and we're kicking ourselves because we can't make it - the first major photography fair in London will be held, called, funnily enough, Photo London. The website has a list of exhibitors and is timed to coincide with the annual Christies and Sotheby's auctions. Fifty galleries will have stands showing photography, film and video from artists including Man Ray, Bill Brandt, Julia Margaret Cameron, Cindy Sherman and Andreas Gursky. The fair runs from 20-23 May.

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April 11, 2004

Tosca the cat: Gratuitous cat pic

Don't worry. This is not going to be one of those weblogs crammed with gratuitous cat photographs. But you've got to admit, she was a cute cat. Saw another cute one later that evening while watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. Unlike the nameless cat in that movie, this cat had a name: Tosca. There is another similar looking cat on the Web called Tosca too.

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April 09, 2004

Springtime and photos!

Went to see the Bill Brandt photography exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum this afternoon. Six pounds. Highly recommended. I'd seen an enormous retrospective of his at New York's International Center of Photography back in 1999, where I was first introduced to his work. This exhibition didn't seem as enormous, but it's certainly thorough enough and you'll probably spend a good 40 minutes in there. When I first saw his work, I wasn't aware that he used his family connections to gain access to posh British houses, and that he often asked family and friends to pose for pictures.

But this doesn't detract from the truthfulness of the photographs and their documentary value. I especially like the surreal portraits and nudes, as well as the deserted street photography. The skill displayed during the darkroom development process is also extraordinary.

Note when visiting the website: I found it exeedingly slow, even on a broadband connection. It does have a huge database of Brandt's images.

Anyway, it's spring. Today was a suitably sunny day. Lots of people about. I'm looking forward to taking more photos. I managed to borrow R's pinhole and took some pictures at the V&A. I wonder if they'll come out?

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March 26, 2004


Funny signs, interesting street observations and "found items" at Funky Pancake.

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March 25, 2004

Whether the weather...

Someone came to this site through Google after typing in something about what the weather's going to be like over summer. Well, if this report is anything to go by, things aren't going to be good for Polaroid Manipulations!

"With just a few exceptions, we are likely to see rain and grey skies for the next three or four months. The bright spots will include a warmer-than-expected Easter in a couple of weeks plus a mini heatwave at the end of May."
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March 12, 2004

First Time Here?

If this is your first time here (and came via Yahoo!), hello! You might want to check out what is here...

millennium bridge london, van gogh style
This is a photo of the London Millennium Bridge taken with an ancient Polaroid SX-70 camera bought for L7 off eBay. The emulsion stays soft for hours after taking a photo and can be manipulated using sticks or anything sharp that you can find lying around. So there is no Photoshop in this picture.

More Polaroid manipulations of London can be viewed at the Polaroid Manipulations Category.

At right are other categories and images to see here - some of them might take a little while to load, though! You can also search for images at the right hand side. (Look up stuff like "snow"!)

Might take some time out tomorrow to take some photos, but it's so overcast and drab! I'm just back from seeing Australian band Powderfinger play at the Hammersmith Apollo here in London. Everyone had camera phones and held up the phones during "classic songs" so their friends could hear. I wonder if anyone posted to their weblogs during the show? And does this kind of thing really annoy you in excess or is it just me...

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March 11, 2004

Make your photos huge!

Just saw this great site, the Rasterbator - all you do is upload a small photograph (less than 1MB), then the site generates a pixellated version of it which you can then expand and crop to fit on many, many sheets of A4 paper. We did a massive one of our boss who's away today and stuck it on the wall. It fits 6 A4 sheets across and 7 A4 down!

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February 21, 2004

Lack of posts!

Apologies for the lack of photos lately - we're still moving and haven't had a weekend free yet! I did manage to squeeze in time to see the Citigroup Photography Prize exhibition last weekend, which was excellent. I especially liked Robert Adams' photographs of everyday American life: the 1960s scene of a pharmacy display of hair accessories could have been taken yesterday. Another highlight was Joel Sternfeld's exhausted runaway elephant photo, taken in the late 1970s -- it's a happily ironic photograph of an elephant normally so big and powerful reduced to a tiny, kneeling heap in the middle of a sunny road while onlookers stare.

In other news, the daily commute remains the same... this is Farringdon Station, in the City.

Anyway, hopefully once the weather starts getting better I'll be able to experiment a little more with my new camera!

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February 02, 2004

My new book is here!

Well, it's not Pulitzer Prize winning stuff but people I've known are probably going to be interested in it. It's a very semi-autobiographical account of my senior high school years, particularly the teachers I encountered. It's suitable for people around 14-17 years old -- I actually wrote it in 1993-4, when I was 16-17.

At US$20.10 (or $26 Australian) it's not too expensive for a print on demand publication!

Buy Friends In High Places here!

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January 27, 2004

Will it snow in London?

Snow. Will it? Doesn't look like there's any snow around... but who knows? It might happen. Would you bet on it? Here's a pic from last year...

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January 20, 2004

Busy busy

Things are quite hectic over here at the moment with work, life and Globulos -- so I haven't had much of a chance to take photos right now. I especially need to learn how to take good photos in this kind of weather! Hopefully things will settle down in a month or so!

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January 12, 2004

Citigroup Photography Prize 2004 Nominees

The 2004 Citigroup (ex-Citibank) Photography Prize nominees have been announced. The work of Robert Adams, Peter Fraser, David Goldblatt, and Joel Sternfeld will be exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery from the 29th January to 28th March, 2004.

Intended to honor photographers "who have not yet received the public recognition that their influence or work warrants", the prize has always sparked more controversy than it has admiration. Think of it as a photography version of the Turner prize. The nominees this year are much more conventional photographers than in recent years, and all are more than 50 years old. I have long admired Sternfeld for the way he photographs history. And everyone is familiar with Robert Adam's work. I'm looking forward to seeing the others and will post an update once the exhibit opens.

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January 03, 2004

Happy birthday to me!

Just when I thought it was still Christmas, along comes my birthday! I got a digital version of the Canon EOS 300 camera I've had since 2000, and here's one of my first efforts with it. Can you count how many candles? (Hint: Several candles are hiding behind others!) I've never had my own digital camera before, so I'll need all the advice I can get. But the good thing about the 300D is that the settings are almost the same as those found in the film version (it is a digital SLR), so on a practical level, everything is familiar... You'll probably be seeing many more digital pics here from now on.

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December 28, 2003

Back from Barcelona

We're back from a week in Barcelona! We stayed at the brilliant Hotel Neri, which I can thoroughly recommend if you're ever planning a trip there. It's in the middle of the old Gothic district, which is full of little shops, alleyways, old buildings and pedestrianised avenues. It's just a couple of minutes' walk from the Metro train station and the tourist trap that is La Rambla. The hotel itself is an exercise in original artistic display, with crumpled silk walls, organic furniture, modern velvet seats, quartzite tiled bathrooms, and a massive widescreen tv and cd player in each room. You can usually get good deals from
Highlights of the week were Gaudi's La Pedrera (stone quarry) and the Miro foundation gallery. Will probably post a few pics here; although it's not what we'd call appropriate subject matter for "London Photo" :-)

Oh... check out Rob's cool image of a woman mopping up the giant map of the world at the Natural History Museum a couple of months ago. Well worth a peek!

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December 18, 2003

Merry Christmas everyone!

christmas tree by kim gilmour, new york city, christmas eve 2002

Have a wonderful holiday everyone... see you next year!

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Rob wins at the Guardian Weblog Awards!

Big news this morning!

My boyfriend Rob (a frequent contributor to this site as you may know!) has won the 500 pound best use of photography award at The Guardian Best British Weblog Awards! I always knew he would win it if he entered his photographs!!

Simon Waldman wrote: "Black and white also featured in the winner of the best use of photography category. This went to Rob Gardiner and for the stunning quality of his photography."

So if you haven't checked it out, check it out.

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December 11, 2003

At home

Staying at home today as I am a little ill. Daytime TV reminds me of university and school holidays. Trisha: "I faked my own death to end our relationship!" Des and Mel: Alice Cooper, Sir Cliff Richard and Clarissa Wright! The boys and girls of some primary school singing some Christmas carol! Argh! Why am I watching?

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November 28, 2003

Digital cameras are the new lighters

Went to see Radiohead again last night, but this time we were right up the back. But tonight's setlist was something else. Creep! No surprises! Follow Me Around! Spinning Plates! Anyway, from the back you could see all the standing crowd and instead of the usual lighters being held up, you could just see ten or twenty lcd screens being held up now and then so people could take digital snaps. The lights were also camera phone lights. And so, camera phones/digital cameras are now the new "lighters", along with teeny mini-disc recorders. The mosh pit is also pretty fun to look at from a distance, I call it the giant stapler. CLick/click/click.

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October 18, 2003

Grosvenor House Hotel

emap awards evening, grosvenor house hotel
An official photo of the Emap Awards evening held at the Grosvenor House Hotel last Friday night, hosted by Chris Eubank (yawn!). Around 70 magazines from the Emap stable were in attendance.

Our mag didn't even get a nomination (up against too many women's glossies, lads' mags and celeb mags). Here's a glammed up photograph of some of the team who managed to make it on the night. internet magazine

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October 17, 2003

Things to do this weekend?

ye olde popcorn at walthamstow markets

1. Our last chance to see Blaine baiting

2. Check out the Tate Modern's new installation at the Turbine Hall and take pics of the sun

3. Sleep

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October 13, 2003

Hundreds of Belgian visitors?

Bonsoir! A short note to say bienvenue to all the hundreds of Belgian visitors that are coming to this site, but how did you come to find Fotos a Londres? We have not been able to see referrer logs from you, so I'm assuming this site was mentioned in an email newsletter. Thanks for letting us know!

The now closed-down Coffee Republic on Edgware Rd, London

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October 07, 2003

Motel room; plant

Another plant - motel room

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Gay Lego men

Are these Lego men gay, or is just my personal opinion? They are air stewards (male flight attendants), after all. These guys live on top of my computer along with a collapsed Kermit and a plastic hippopotamus which they sit on. It's kind of like a Life of Pi up there.

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