[City] Stories - Urban photography exhibition

WORLDWIDE COLLECTIVE OF URBAN PHOTOGRAPHERS STAGE EXHIBITION AT FOUR CORNERS IN BETHNAL GREEN

13 urban photographers from Goldsmiths are opening their MA Degree Show at Four Corners gallery from 3rd-6th October 2018, including an exclusive lecture from Danish photographer Lene Hald.

The exhibition will feature new work made as part of the Photography & Urban Cultures MA at Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring the creative interplay between urban theory and the visual representation of cities & communities.

Coming from all over the world, the artists featured share their take on the contemporary life of the city, informed by urban theory and sociological research.


 
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3rd - 6th October, Four Corners Gallery (London), part of Photomonth

10th - 14th October, Phoenix Brighton, part of Brighton Photo Fringe

Private View - 4th October, 6-9pm - register here

Urban Photographer's Association Annual Lecture by Danish photographer Lene Hald - 5th October, 4-5.30pm

Artist's Panel & Urban Photo Walk - 6th October, 2-4.30pm

*All events are free.


Co-curator Becky Morris Knight commented:

“As global urbanization speeds up and our political and media environments become more fragmented, exploring and examining how we live together becomes an urgent task and one which artists can make a valuable contribution to.”

“The work we make is informed, inspired and underpinned by sociology and urbanism, helping us to create meaningful images which speak to important issues our society faces, such as gentrification, media censorship, the body, identity and class.”

About the exhibition

Ting-Ling Yu shares a delicate exploration of nudity and public decency in London, while Yihong Wu’s work offers a consideration of typical interiors in China through carefully composed medium format images.

Image by Steve Jones

Image by Steve Jones

Other projects include Steve Jones’ forensic examination of the staircase as a shaper of architectural space and Henry Woodley’s personal journey through the waterways of London and the communities of boaters he lives alongside.

Image by Henry Woodley

Image by Henry Woodley

Artist Shan Ye worked in green spaces in London to think about how citizens in a wealthy country use their leisure time. Bo-Cheng Liu took inspiration from the margins, walking over 100km to explore the liminal land between airports and the city, often overlooked and unconsidered.

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Image by Becky Morris Knight

Becky Morris Knight approached the idea of how our online spaces influence our urban lives, with a series which looks at how censorship works on Instagram and what that might look like if applied to our cities.

Image by Qiunan Li

Image by Qiunan Li

Taking a personal approach, Mia Irmgard Klit will be launching an innovative photobook which challenges conventional approaches to medical sociology by exploring her sister’s experience of coma. Qiunan Li is also looking at memory and individual experience in his project in which he picks out images he cannot remember making and creates a new narrative from them.

Image by Lee Gavin

Image by Lee Gavin

Lee Gavin will be showing a series of portraits which investigate class, life milestones and identity, while Korean photographer Suhyuk Chai shares images made within a transient community on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Image by Lorena Sanchez Pereira

Kat Huber’s poetic work captures a fleeting moment within the landscape, layering the past, present and future in images of a derelict fairground slated for renewal in Berlin. Also considering a landscape in flux, Lorena Sanchez Pereira creates large-scale images exploring the regeneration of Hackney Wick in her series Gentricity.

Special Events

The exhibition also has a series of special events taking place throughout the run, kicking off with the Private View on 4th October, 6 – 9pm.

Danish photographer Lene Hald will fly in to deliver the Urban Photographer’s Association Annual Lecture on the 5th October, 4-5.30pm in the Four Corners gallery.

Titled Photography, care and co-creation, the talk will set off in Hald’s own photographic work, which is situated in the intersection of photography, visual storytelling, social engagement and participatory practice.

On Saturday 6th October, urban photographer and Director of Urban Photo Fest, Paul Halliday, will be chairing a panel discussion with 3 of the artists from the exhibition, considering the role photography can play in generating new knowledge of the urban.

After it closes in London, [City] Stories will transfer to Phoenix Brighton as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, from 10th – 14th October.

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Huw Alden Davies. 'Scaffold to the Moon' - A Photobook

We couldn't help but jump on board when Newport, University of Wales MA graduate Huw Alden Davies announced a Kickstarter campaign for his brand new book, Scaffold to the Moon.

Huw has been kind enough to keep us updated with the progress of his campaign and we really wanted to bring you more of an insight on launch day. Head across to Photograd social media channels today to see more of Huw's work, and be sure to stick around for when the Documentary Photographer takes over our Instagram from 2nd - 6th October. We're very excited to be supporting Huw on his next adventure. 


Tell us about your work. What's this series about? To begin with Prince was simply a project between projects, to keep me photographing while occupied with the development of my teaching practice. Little did I know that it would soon became my most defining project thus far, leading me on a path to self discovery. This is an age-old story of boy to man; father and son; fools and heros; told, I like to think from a relative but fresh perspective. With the focus of much of my practice centered on Tumble (my home village), it is only natural that my attention would shift to one of its biggest characters, and that character just so happens to be my dad.

From the series   Prince

From the series Prince

How has this work evolved to be at the stage you are now? Rewind two years, 2015, with Prince (my first publication) in the final stages of production, I was asked by Ffotogallery if I would contribute to an online IG artist residency as part of the Diffusion Festival, and bang that was it. Locked in a transatlantic to-and-fro with Detroit Photographer, Patricia Lay Dorsey, something new happened. A voice that had been exercised, I assume during my writings for Prince begun to take a hold, and with the encouragement I received from both Dorsey and my peers, this was soon a voice that would not quiet.

Now, nearly 40,000 words later, almost ten thousand views on Prince Street (blog), numerous international festivals and exhibitions, and a prize winner in this years ESPY Photo Award Book Prize, it is only fitting that my most obsessive and all consuming body of work be concluded in a complete collection, entitled Scaffold to the Moon, which will contain an assembly of illustrations, photographs and writings that celebrate the man that should have once been my role model. 

From the series   Prince

From the series Prince

What encouraged you to turn to crowdfunding for support? For me at this stage in my photographic career, this seems like the most obvious direction. Throughout the years I have had a massive amount of support from the Arts Council of Wales, and I have always tried to fund as much as I can myself, but with a project of this size and nature neither is an option. Self Publishing can be a very expensive game, in an unpredictable market with no guaranteed success.

Therefore, although it’s not everyone’s first choice, Crowd-funding for me provides a certain level of security based on pre-sales. Here I will have the opportunity to sell a percentage of my book before it is even made, which will provide the funds to make it, it just makes more sense. On the flip side, it might not reach the finish line. That’s said, if does not get funded it does not get made. Everyone walks away with no debt, with a slight exception of your pride and reputation, of course.  

However, I am confident in my work. Besides the hundreds of hours that have gone into the production, I have invested a significant amount of time and effort in promoting and exhibiting the work, which has gained a lot of support, publicity and interest. I am positive that I have a solid plan, I know what I am going to do, and I know how much it’s going to cost to do it. I have a good understanding of my market, and I believe I have something that people will be interested in, although, as with anything there are no absolutes, at least beyond my dedication. I am however, working with the right team of people to make this happen. With that said, once I have launched the Kickstarter, it’s all beyond our control and all I can do is hope that people want what I have to offer.

Tell us about some of your Kickstarter rewards and what supporters can expect from donating. During the last few months I have conducted a large degree of research, speaking to some of the industries most experienced practitioners to ensure that I have covered every angle and that each backer feels part of the project, and although Scaffold to the Moon will be the main focus there will be a variety of rewards available to suit a range of interests. These will include early bird rewards, double book rewards, book and print packages, and a collector edition. I also appreciate, that some might want to support the project without any financial impact; all support is vital to the success of the campaign, so I have tailored smaller and more affordable rewards for those who want to help me make this publication happen. These will include signed copies of Prince my first publication, or video rewards and regular exclusive material straight to their inbox.  

From the series   Prince

From the series Prince

Who inspires you the most? Many have inspired my direction and many continue to do so, too many to list here. However, if we were to discuss bookmakers, my immediate response would be Clare Richardson, she was the first who inspired my intention towards bookmaking and the narratives offered by this medium. Although, looking at some of the leading modern examples of self-publishing, I am very much smitten by Jack Latham and Michal Iwanawski’s recent contributions to the world of Photobooks, there is a lot going on right now on this side of photography, and I am excited by the prospect bringing Prince’s world to this new wave.   

What's your ultimate goal for the future of your work? If I told you… I would have to make a book about it!

Although, I can say having crossed mediums more than once or twice in recent years, I feel the future is a multi-media one, but who knows. The one thing I do know is that it will be visual and it will involve a lot more of Tumble. But for now, it’s all about Prince and getting him to the page.

From the series   Prince

From the series Prince

Have you got any tips or advice? For what it's worth, if I was to give any advice I would probably say, If you want to do something to the best of your ability I have learned to ask those who have done it best. Open up to other views and criticism and talk to as many practitioners as possible; ask for their advice, for they have made all the mistakes that you are likely to make. They will know the pitfalls, they will also see the best and worst in you and your work, to which you will likely be blind.  

If you are going to do something, I was taught to do it to the best of your ability, so if it is close to your heart then take your time with it, keep working things until you are confident that you have got it right. Better to kick yourself trying, than kick yourself for not giving it your all.

Photograd Experience: Scott Charlesworth at LAW Magazine

Falmouth University graduate, Scott Charlesworth, recently got in touch with Photograd to tell us all about his work experience in the industry since graduating. Scott interned at LAW Magazine and he's here to tell us his thoughts and recommendations. We hope you enjoy.


Scott Charlesworth. A Northern lad at heart but not by nature. A big fish in a one club town. I’m a romantic at heart and see life in details, not just as a bigger picture. The thought of conforming to your stereotypical working class life is something that both haunts and motivates me to produce work. I recall a summer job working in a kitchen joinery factory, a way of life for some friends of mine, and now use this to spur me on within my endeavours rather than admit defeat and fall into, what seemed to be, my destined industrial grave.

I studied photography both at college and university, graduating in 2016 from Falmouth’s BA Hons Photography course. I spent multiple evenings teaching myself photography via YouTube tutorials during my teenage years, enthralled by the technical side of the art form. 

Although Falmouth lacked practical teaching of photography, it did make me appreciate the contextual and historical importance of image making, persuading me to abandon lifestyle and the like-friendly imagery that pollutes modern day social media screens. 

I often found guest lectures at Falmouth disinteresting, lacklustre and void of relevance in relation to the work that I wanted to produce. Then LAW Magazine made an appearance; the theatre was full and there was a general buzz within the audience. They wore white socks with arctic camo, their words were humble and the work was honest. They reinforced everything that I had tried to argue with my tutors which was discarded as naivety and inexperience. Never had a publication or piece of work resided with what I felt I stood for and I was determined to be a part of it, whatever that was. 

LAW Magazine CV (click to enlarge)

Wanting to impress LAW in the same way that they had stunned me, I built my CV with only them in mind. John Holt, the Editor and overall top lad, was quick to accept my application and I began my internship immediately after completing my final year. My first week was spent delivering magazines across London and up keeping the close relationship that LAW has with its stockists. Although it may seem like a menial task, I was just happy to play a part in something that I truly believed in.

As the weeks passed I was slowly trusted with other tasks. My first assignment was to provide contextual references and styling for the much anticipated re-release of the Fila Trailblazer, drawing inspiration from the 90’s acid house scene in which they gained their initial notoriety. Seeing the process go from scribbles on paper to the final images (shot by Theo Cottle) was a surreal process and one, still to this day, that I feel honoured to be part of.

 
Fila Trailblazer shoot

Fila Trailblazer shoot

 

Following the success of this project, I was trusted with a string of opportunities ranging from hanging Sophie Green’s Dented Pride solo exhibition, photographing launch events and assisting on multiple occasions; most notably London Fashion Week Mens. 

 
LAW 9 Launch Image

LAW 9 Launch Image

 

What became apparent after spending several months at LAW Magazine was the sense of community within each person that associated themselves with the publication. Inspiration could be found in the simplest of conversations and contributors celebrated one another’s success rather than just their own. I had moved to London not knowing anybody and to feel accepted within such a tight-knit group of like-minded creatives filled me with a sense of belonging.

LAW 9 Rave Poster

LAW 9 Rave Poster

Before arriving at LAW I had set myself the goal to have at least one image published within the next issue. As a result of perseverance and willingness to lend a hand regardless of the task at hand, John and Joe Prince (the creative director) trusted me with shooting a major project as part of LAW 9. This collaboration with some of London’s biggest design studios focused on rave posters often found at roundabouts. When the images and my name finally made its way to print, I was astounded by what I had achieved in the time that had passed since LAW initially visited my university. Having the ability to say that I was part of a publication that I hold dear to my heart is my most humbling accomplishment to date and I cannot thank LAW enough. 

Me shooting Rave Posters

Me shooting Rave Posters

Following my seven-month placement, I have returned to The North West of England to pursue a Masters Degree in Marketing with aspirations of starting my own publication.