JR wins the TED prize

I just opened the paper today and read about the photographer JR, whose work I wrote about here back in 2008. I think the way he distributes his work and the way he works with the communites he is photographing is an inspiration and I hope that methods such as these become the norm, rather than the exception. As I write this I am sitting in a gallery with white walls and spotlit photographs and fine though that is, the interaction with the public who come and see the work, either deliberately or in passing, is not as loose and free as it is on the street.

I'm a big fan of street situated and public art, especially when it is rooted in a desire to connect and share. JR's work may seem like a gimmick, but exploring it I think he has some good intentions and seeing it makes me wonder and think, which is always a good sign in my book.

For those of you who are looking at the $100 000 JR received - a lot of which will hopefully be used by him in a worthwhile way - and thinking, (like me) "Damn, how can I get my hands on money like that for the things I want to do?" maybe you should stop scanning award submission guidelines and concentrate on producing some innovative and well thought out methods of working instead. As JR states to the NY Times:

“I’m kind of stunned,” he said of the prize. “I’ve never applied for an award in my life and didn’t know that somebody had nominated me for this.”

Nature Within

Some shameless self promotion:

I am pleased to announce I will be included in the NATURE WITHIN exhibition curated by Minny Lee at the 25CPW gallery.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October the 15th from 6-9pm.

The exhibition runs from October the 14th to the 28th 2010.



The gallery is located at 25 Central Park West. New York City.

Exhibition hours are 12-8pm Tuesday-Sunday.

Exhibition: Annabelle Dalby & Lucy Steggals Chapter One—Origins And Approaches

My incredibly talented friend and all round wonderful person Annabelle Dalby has a show with Lucy Steggals in London this month. A lot of her work deals with found objects, archives and re-presentation. I'm very upset I'm not in London to check this out. It's all clever art photography stuff and she does it very very well. Press release is as follows....

Annabelle Dalby & Lucy Steggals
Chapter One—Origins And Approaches
Saturday 9th October 2010

Join The 12 Gallery to celebrate our first exhibition with artists Annabelle Dalby & Lucy Steggals.

This collaborative show at The 12 Gallery explores and questions existing modes of collecting & archiving.

These perpetual editing decisions are an intrinsic part of life and are very telling, exposing our desire to modulate our reality to project a preferred version.

Dalby & Steggals are appropriating objects and images from their own collections to create an alterior archive. Using their individual approaches; Dalby sensitively re-presents existing photographs to highlight that which we may have missed; Steggals appropriates and maniplulates imagery to weave alternative fictions. By combining the two they have made a series of works that resonate with compelling narratives for lives both real and imagined.

We warmly welcome you with cocktails and our house chanteuse Colette.

The exhibition runs until 29th October, viewing by appointment only.

Elin Clements
Tel 07868 731127

Rachel Weschke
Tel 07976 272704


Business online.

Here's a list of links you might find useful if you are running a photography business in the online world. Which you probably are. I wish I was better at it myself, which is why I'm posting it here, to remind myself to check out all the links and figure out how better to make money doing what I love so I can continue doing what I love!


Oh and as another reminder; if you want to continue doing what you love (like taking photographs) then you should probably switch off the computer and go and do it (like pick up a camera). Which is what I'll be doing shortly...