Zak Dimitrov, 'Branches of a Tree in Winter' zine and photobook

We have two brand new items in the Photograd shop. A riso print, one colour zine and a hardcover, velvet bound photobook with free print, both by 2019 MA graduate Zak Dimitrov.


University: MA Photographic Arts – University of Westminster 2019. BA (Hons) Photography – Arts University Bournemouth 2015

Website: www.zakdimitrov.com

Photography is a medium of love and loss. As Carol Mavor suggests, the photograph is an amorous catastrophe, severed from time, yet loved for holding time, umbilically connected to its referent. A picture of a lover is stolen from the original like a thin layer of skin. Having been on over 100 dates since I moved to London 4 years ago, I decided to reconnect with my former lovers. We spoke about our time together, why things between us unraveled and how life has been since then. A melancholic journey, the project empowered me to finally come out to my parents after a decade of unspoken truths. The work combines portraits of the men I once desired, stills from LGBT films with typewritten quotes from my partner at the time and relics I have saved as mementos. Branches of a Tree in Winter touches upon nostalgia and retrospect, lost love and times forever gone, but it is also hopeful. After all, these men agreed to collaborate, expecting nothing in return.

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TitleBranches of a Tree in Winter

Artist: Zak Dimitrov

Publication date and place: 2019, UK

Format, binding: Softcover, staple binding

Printing: Riso print, one colour

Number of pages and images: 24 pages, 20 images + 1 cover image

£8 + p&p, available to purchase here in the Photograd shop.


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TitleBranches of a Tree in Winter

Artist: Zak Dimitrov

Publication date and place: 2019, UK

Edition: 25

Format, binding: Hardcover concertina, velvet bound. Paper debossed wrapper and a tipped-in print with an envelope and letter on the back inside.

Number of pages and images: 33 pages, 30 images

This book comes with a signed 10x8” print of choice by Zak.

Price on request, but also available through the Photograd shop here.

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PGZ2018 | The second edition of Photograd's zine

Introducing the second edition of Photograd's zine, PGZ2018 | Celebrating those photographers who are graduating university this year from UK based courses. Available to purchase in the Photograd online shop, PGZ2018 praises brand new photographic talent.

This year we are promoting 2018 photography graduates from UK based courses in various ways; interviews, sharing of work, and aiming to reach a much wider audience. With support from Spectrum Photographic on this particular project we have been able to showcase new graduates through the second edition of PGZ. Here we introduce you to PGZ2018.

This summer we received entries from new photography graduates and we're celebrating this talent through the second edition of PGZ. PGZ2018 showcases work from 11 photographers from various universities across the UK including University of the Arts London, University of Salford, and The University of the West of England.

From calling for work, receiving more submissions than ever before, to the final judging process with the help of Hazel Watts of Spectrum Photographic, we have been presented with a much wider variety of photography that's new to the scene this year. We're starting to notice trends in research, subject matter, and outcome, and we're excited to bring you an array of this to you through PGZ2018.

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Natalie Paetzold and the series  Finding the Void

Natalie Paetzold and the series Finding the Void

Jay Goodsell and the series  Portus Dubris

Jay Goodsell and the series Portus Dubris

University of the Arts London graduate Joanna Wierzbicka presents her series The Point Where We Meet which we've also featured as the cover image.

"The point where we meet is a surface forming a common line between two bodies, spaces, layers. Fashion becomes the translation of persona, appears as a boundary between us and others, almost like a mask or a second skin. It makes us feel comfortable and confident, allows to create the image of the self and coincide with others.
Garments perform the function of masking and wrapping - they deform and deconstruct the human form, but also in some cases fail and reveal the natural shape of the body, its pure, naked form. They conceal and reveal at the same time, causing the coexistence between absence and presence allowing surfaces to meet.
Within this series, there are also elements of an embodiment, disembodiment, and the awareness of bodily sensations achieved through the tactility of clothing."

Images from the series  The Point Where We Meet  by Joanna Wierzbicka

Images from the series The Point Where We Meet by Joanna Wierzbicka

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MFA Photography graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Natalie Paetzold introduces us to Finding the Void.

"Finding the Void is rooted in the desire to free one‘s head from one’s thoughts through the rhythm of walking within a nature setting. Placing one step in front of another helps to clear one‘s mind due to the ongoing act of repetition. The body of work is an investigation into meditation and landscape. Through the use of digitally reconstructed photography the work explores an immersion into both land and seascapes, creating a conscious state of being. Both surroundings allow contemplation through different visual experiences; being an active practitioner or being an observer. The ambiguous spheres create an awareness of the indexical nature of the photograph and blend the past, present and future together. Through walking, wandering, thinking and looking these strikingly coloured images reflect on ideas of phenomenology and perception, whilst also considering the possibilities of parallel worlds."

 
Image from the series  Finding the Void  by Natalie Paetzold

Image from the series Finding the Void by Natalie Paetzold

 

University of East London graduate Jay Goodsell presents his series Portus Dubris.

"Portus Dubris which derives from the towns roman beginnings, is a body of work that explores Dovers landscapes, not only is it undergoing major structural changes, the town still hangs within the unknown when the UK leaves the European Union. It’s often a forgotton place, and recently receiving a lot of negative press. The small but vital town to the country was voted at number one as the ‘worst place to live within the UK’. Dover is the entry point for many visiting guests from the continent, which left the question, what is so bad about the town to be voted number one?"

Images from the series  Portus Dubris  by Jay Goodsell

Images from the series Portus Dubris by Jay Goodsell

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PGZ2018 is available to buy here in the Photograd Shop.

'The Clearing' by Chris Younger at Durham's newest arts festival - 4th – 17th June

ART DURHAM is a new and vibrant visual arts festival jointly organised by Durham University and Durham County Council. Along with Durham Festival of the Arts and DJazz, ART DURHAM celebrates Durham’s music, theatre and visual arts scene with exhibitions, events and workshops across the city throughout June.

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Durham based photographer Chris Younger will be taking over an empty retail store in the heart of Durham city centre with his new exhibition The Clearing. Younger invites us to consider the experience of being human. The Clearing is a space where we can reflect on our sense of self, ideas, and experiences. In The Clearing we build our understanding of ourselves, others and the world.

Image from the series  The Clearing  by Chris Younger

Image from the series The Clearing by Chris Younger

The Clearing began as a response to the difficulties the artist felt in talking about his photography to others. This developed into an exploration of deeper anxieties regarding integrity, authenticity and self.

The Clearing draws inspiration from the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Most influentially his notion of our anxieties arising from the conflict of being in the world and being with others.

The exhibition runs from 4th – 17th June in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, located on Durham’s historic peninsula, only a few minutes walk from Durham Cathedral. Entry is free.


Chris Younger (b. 1981, Newcastle) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker living in rural Durham, UK. He recently completed a Masters degree (with distinction) in Photography at the University of Sunderland and is currently artist-in-residence at Durham University's Josephine Butler College.

He uses landscape photography to explore the interactions between people, places and nature over time. His highly autobiographical work analyses formal notions of landscape through the filter of his own experiences.

We have prints from The Clearing available in the Photograd Shop!

Photograd at PhotoEast 2018

A Photograd exhibition | Opening Thursday 24th May 2018 as part of PhotoEast

A selection of the Photograd community come together for PhotoEast 2018 to present work around the festival’s theme of Belonging | On display in the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building from 6pm Thursday 24th May - 6pm Sunday 24th June.

The Ipswich waterfront will be home to photographers who explore the theme of belonging in their work and Photograd featured graduates have come together to join in with the celebrations.

A collective of 12 photographers are representing Photograd and honouring the theme of Belonging at PhotoEast's second festival. Having been given one long wall in the universities Waterfront Building, Photograd have curated a varying sequence of work that is bound by these similar themes and attitudes. Differing print sizes entice the viewer to migrate through the space to view work at their own pace.

Digital copies of the full catalogue accompanying the Photograd exhibition can be found in our shop.


Each of the photographers in this exhibition have defined and secured the theme of Belonging in distinctive ways.

Norwich University of the Arts graduate Karim Skalli explores his identity and mixed cultural heritage though a series of photographs from which this image belongs. “As the son of an English mother and Moroccan father, the project attempts to show the coming together of cultures, the conflicts and juxtaposition created through merging English and Moroccan culture and the influence of this on my identity. The work ponders my western outsider gaze, my ‘cast on’ view of my father’s homeland whilst at the same time acknowledging my own sense of never being fully British.”

Image from the series  Third Space  by  Karim Skalli

Image from the series Third Space by Karim Skalli

Newport University graduate Declan Connolly was part of the first Photograd exhibition in 2017 and continues to support, and be supported by, our community. “Becoming an Island addresses the themes of an isolated United Kingdom in the form of manipulated pebbles collected from its shores. Each image is a composite of a pebble photographed and re-photographed in various stages of physical erasure. Reflecting the audience's relationship with current Brexit negotiations, the work can be viewed as a series of coexisting and united objects or the immediate decline of a singular entity.”

Image from the series  Becoming an Island  by  Declan Connolly

Image from the series Becoming an Island by Declan Connolly

Tom Owens studied at the University of Suffolk itself and graduated in 2014. Tom has continued to push his work since finishing his studies and presents here a new series, Estuarine Mud.

"This series is an extension of my successful Edgelands series. I repeatedly visit the same locations when making my work and it was a return visit to the source of my Edgelands project brought about by radical reshaping of the derelict factories at Cattawade to ready the site for a new railway depot that brought the creek at Cattawade into sharp focus. The series is shot from both sides of the Stour Estuary but only at dead low water on spring tides and with little or no wind. Most of the images are very early morning or just before sundown."

Cattawade Creek  from the series  Estuarine Mud  by  Tom Owens

Cattawade Creek from the series Estuarine Mud by Tom Owens

The exhibition can be seen at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building until Sunday 24th June before it makes its way to Norwich.
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PGZ129 | The brand new zine from Photograd

Introducing the first edition of the brand new zine from Photograd | PGZ129 celebrates the first 2 years of the platform. Available to purchase from the Photograd online shop, PGZ129 comes together to celebrate 129 featured graduates.

PGZ129 is the first self-published zine from Photograd and presents readers with 12 photography graduates from UK based courses who continue to receive support. 

In April 2018 Photograd reached the grand old age of 2. In celebration of this PGZ is the brand new self-published zine from Photograd, bringing you a selection of some of our very best.

“129”, the title for this edition, represents the number of graduates we’ve had the privilege to feature on the site at some point during our first 2 years. In total, we’re supporting over 400 photographers in many different ways.

PGZ129 showcases work from photographers who studied at Plymouth College of Art, Falmouth University, and University of Brighton.

 
 

The University of the West of England, Bristol graduate Alex Ingram presents a new body of work titled The Gatekeepers.

“Scattered across the small islands surrounding the UK live loan rangers, spending their lives in quiet solidarity, away from the crowded, overpopulated landscapes of our urban world. Their role: to maintain and manage the preservation of their islands natural beauty and wildlife for future generations, whilst conducting research into these incredibly delicate ecosystems.

With limited access to the mainland during the winter months, no fresh running water, and under constant attack from harsh storms and perilous currents that can see them marooned for weeks at a time, it is not a role many are suited for. 

What is it like living so close to the mainland, but yet so far removed from social norms? How do they cope when the currents are too strong to make it back over for fresh food and supplies? What is it like living without the modern day technologies that we take for granted? And how do they adapt and overcome these daily obstacles with limited human contact? 

Over the next two years, these are the questions I want to explore. I will be visiting these remote islands and spending time with the rangers that have chosen to spend their lives there, in the hopes of better understanding what life is like living in some of the most beautiful, yet inhospitable landscapes in the UK.

In a world that is changing at a rapid pace, I want to question how this simplistic way of life fits within our modern world.”

Images from the series  The Gatekeepers  by Alex Ingram

Images from the series The Gatekeepers by Alex Ingram

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Andreea Teleaga who studied at the University of Sunderland also presents a new body of work titled Violence Is A New Kind of Instinct; Between Light and Darkness.

A series of five 12in x16in black and white silver prints created from negatives destroyed with a nail and a hammer. Being an artist originally from a former-communist country, Romania, I am constantly looking at what it means to have gaps in the historical truth, reason why this series depicts the battle between knowing and not knowing, the light and the dark.

'I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;'

                                     Lord Byron - Darkness (1816)

Images from the series  Violence Is A New Kind of Instinct; Between Light and Darkness  by Andreea Teleaga.

Images from the series Violence Is A New Kind of Instinct; Between Light and Darkness by Andreea Teleaga.

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PGZ129 is available to purchase in the Photograd shop either individually or within a limited edition print box consisting of digital c-type prints from a number of featured photographers.