Herman Leonard

A couple of weeks ago I was at the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to photograph Nneena Freelon. I'm pleased with the shot they chose but as I was on my way out that night I stumbled across an exhibit of Herman Leonard's photographs, which put mine to shame. Check out his website here and if you're in New York the exhibit runs till June 19th.

Herman Leonard, Sonny Stitt, 1953

Yvon's Paris

If you're in New York today get yourself down to this.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Rizzoli Bookstore
31 West 57th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)

It's the launch of a a book of photographs made by the photographer Yvon consisting of views of Paris in the 1920s. It's edited by Robert Stevens, who is a true gentleman. Robert showed me a copy he got from the printers before it was all finalised and it looks beautiful.

Sombra Projects at the New York Photo Festival

One of several things that has been consuming my time recently:

Sombra Projects is proud to present its inaugural exhibition, a collaborative effort dedicated to showcasing social documentary photography within a fine art aesthetic.

May 12-16, 2010
Location: Tivoli Room, Café Bar, Dumbo General Store. 111 Front Street, Brooklyn. NYC.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm (Bar open till late)

Contributing Photographers:

Jason Andrew, Richard Ashe, Lyric Cabral, Francesca Cao, Tiffany Clark, Christina Clusiau, Julia Gillard, Chiara Goia, Lucy Helton, Yo Imae, Shiori Kawasaki, Yasutaka Kojima, Tiana Markova-Gold, Shizuka Minami, Kathryn Obermaier, Christina Paige, Pax Paloscia, Elizabeth Rubincam, Deidre Schoo, Gabriele Stabile, Nicole Tung, Tom White, Tadej Znidarcic.

For the love of film

Those lovely people over at MJR are passionate about photography and passionate about film. So much so that they are putting their money where their mouth is and offering a $500 film grant.

Here's the Details:

MJR Film Grant

So we want to try something new. Something more hands-on… We want to remain connected with the our community and provide support in the best way we know how.

The MJR Film Grant is our effort to try and put those sentiments into practice.

We want to help you realize your project and we understand the level of commitment it takes to keep pushing the analogue medium. So, in addition to supplying $500 worth of film, we want to start a conversation. This is where the information/drinks evening, portfolio reviews and the winner’s event come into play – it’s all an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to get to know the wider photographic community.

Shooting film takes commitment – a commitment we at MJR understand and appreciate. That is why we want to help you realize your project. Not another faceless competition where JPGs fly through the air and winners are announced in helvetica, MJR is actually proposing that we meet. Connect and converse.


+ A proposal outlining the work to be undertaken or continued with the grant, saved as a PDF. Please include a short bio and personal statement.

+ 7 to 12 images, analogue capture only, that either support the proposal or showcase your work to the best of your ability. This may be a collection of single images or a more formal collection.

+ Files must be 1200 pixels on the longest side @ 72dpi.
+ Deadline for the competition is June 1, 2010
+ Please email submissions to

Please title your images: Surname_First name_sequence number.jpg
Please title your proposal: Surname_First name_proposal.pdf
Please title your artist statement: Surname_First name _statement.pdf


UK Elections

The UK Votes today. I wish I was in the country to see it although I'll be making a trip there next week for a big wedding of a close friend so I might be coming home to a fascinating political landscape, or a frightening one, or just the same old tired squabbling bunch of fools.

My Grandad jokes that above the door to Parliament in Westminster is a sign that reads "As concerned as I am with your problems, I'm doing alright thanks." That about sums up my attitude to most politicians too.

Anyway, John Harris of The Guardian has been doing a series on some of the political parties outside of the Liberal/Labour/Conservative mainstream which includes this one from Peckham in South London, where I lived for many years.

Oh and if you're voting today: Not the fucking Tories please.