FIXPhoto opens with some very special guests

Last Thursday saw the grand opening of FIXPhoto at the Bargehouse on the Southbank , a huge exhibition of cutting edge photography organised by L A Noble gallery with 22 artists showcasing their work including Emily Allchurch, Lisa Creagh, Einar Sira, Robert Clayton and yours truly.

Picture: Neil Massey

The turnout was spectacular and one or two furries made an appearance which went down well. Zuki the gargoyle, Sticks the Fox, Edward Fuzzypaws, Bhavvels Bunny, Quartermane and Kreek put on a performance which people are still talking about. Yes I might have said, ‘explore the four floors of art and photography and have some fun’

Picture: Neil Massey

Outside the gallery. Picture: Neil Massey

 

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Looks familiar! Bhavvels Bunny with well…himself. Picture: Neil Massey

 

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Sticks, Zuki and Bhavvels in the gallery with Ed Thompson’s The Unseen project behind them

 

Here are all the details for the exhibition, which usefully has a coffee shop and bar on the premises.

http://www.lauraannnoble.com/fixphoto/

The writer David Secombe wrote about the exhibition on the London Column here. Here’s an excerpt: “A nod to Lewis Carroll isn’t inappropriate, given that the furry domain shares some of the dreamy charm, transformative power and moral complexity that he represents. That seems obvious enough. But the image of the stag invokes the iconography of the pre-civilized mind and a time when woods were feared and venerated. This stag is a forest god; one that might be worshipped as part of the sacred, time-honoured rituals of Summerisle

The exhibition closes on Sunday, the 22nd at 8.30pm.

The work is on sale as editioned signed prints, framed and unframed.

Thanks to Zuki, Bhavvels, Albrecht, Pickle, Edward and Sticks for the wonderful support.

 

 

 

 

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A Tale of Two Photo Salons

It’s always nice when photographs are selected for exhibition and doubly so when two of your images are picked for separate shows. One is from an assignment I did last year for Wired Italia and the other is a new image from my series, At Home With The Furries.

Portrait Salon 2015

At Home With Llamasoft
This image of Jeff Minter and Giles Zorzin from the independent video games company, Llamasoft has been selected for the Portrait Salon 2015 exhibition.

They left quite an impression when I met them in spring 2014, going down to their farm in West Wales and being given free rein to explore their working space, chockful as it was with old gaming and computer tech. An Aladdin’s Cave for the gamers among us. More here on a blog post about that particular shoot.

The private view is at 6.30pm on Thursday 19th November 2015 at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London and the exhibition will close on 22nd November 2015. It then continues to Tokyo in February 2016. All welcome!!

More information about the exhibition here: https://www.portraitsalon.co.uk/

Photofusion Salon 15

At Home With The Furries

This image of Sticks, a fox from Wimbledon from my series, At Home With The Furries has been selected for the Photofusion Salon exhibition.

Sticks is an explorer and what sort of explorer would he be if he left his house without a map and animal sidekick! As with so many of these furry portraits, when it comes to working with such a closely knit community, trust is paramount hence the gradual pace of getting to know furries who are interested in being photographed for the project. Sticks is a close friend of Edward Fuzzypaws, more on Edward here.  More on At Home With The Furries here.

The private view is at 6.30pm on the 9th December at the Photofusion gallery in London and the show continues until the 31st January 2016.  All welcome!!

For more information about the exhibition: http://www.photofusion.org/salon15/

Falmouth Photo Symposium 2015, me and the furries

As readers of this blog may have well…read in the past I gave a talk at the annual The Institute of Photography Symposium at Falmouth University to the students in January.

As well as meeting the students, and being very impressed with the quality of their work. I went the whole hog and managed to break down a talk about my photography, the furries and my editing work into 40 minutes. There were quite a few questions from the floor afterwards as I recall…usefully my talk was recorded so rather than me bleating on about it, you can have it from the horse’s mouth.

It was also nice to meet some of my fellow photography professionals, Gemma Padley, Roger Tooth and Tim Flach to name a few.

David White and Gretchen Viehmann, the course leaders of the press and editorial photography course are going great guns and helping the students to produce some terrific work, thanks for the invite!

Sorry, wrong horse

Sorry, wrong horse

John Kasmin for Newsweek

John Kasmin at home. Photographed for Newsweek in London, the former art dealer turned postcard collector introduced his collection of rare, incredible and sometimes bizarre original postcards that he has collected over the years. the most expensive postcard in his collection cost 5800 Euros. Although most were much less than that.

“You want to take more photos, haven’t you taken enough already?” And so, my shoot with John Kasmin or “Kas” as he prefers to be called continues in a similar vein. Admittedly I’ve been commissioned by Newsweek as both a photographer and an editor, to go through his many thousands of rare and unusual postcards, photograph 20 or so and get some great portraits of the man.

John Kasmin at home. Photographed for Newsweek in London, the former art dealer turned postcard collector introduced his collection of rare, incredible and sometimes bizarre original postcards that he has collected over the years. the most expensive postcard in his collection cost 5800 Euros. Although most were much less than that.

That man, Kas has worked in the art world for many years, initially representing artists like David Hockney and Anthony Caro. Born in 1935, he’s now in his 80’s and over the past few years has started collecting postcards, most are of the photographic ilk although we started going through one of his advertising books as well, that was brought to a swift stop as time was pressing. The writer pointing at his watch and rolling his eyes…no that might have been me actually.

John Kasmin at home. Photographed for Newsweek in London, the former art dealer turned postcard collector introduced his collection of rare, incredible and sometimes bizarre original postcards that he has collected over the years. the most expensive postcard in his collection cost 5800 Euros. Although most were much less than that.

Okay I might have pulled a few animal themed postcards, as though the #furries have entered my subconscious ( no surprises there then), on the whole though it was a case of letting Kas direct us to his favourites and stopping him when my gaze fell on a particularly striking image.

After one of the most fascinating editing sessions I’ve had in a while, there’s nothing quite like working with physical objects, as opposed to digital images for a change. We shot portraits of Kas, some at his desk and a few more on his reading chair in his office. John Kasmin and his postcard collection

How many photographers does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one more

John Kasmin and his postcard collection

The article is in Newsweek’s European edition, out now

My first ever magazine cover-Sleazenation

As some savvy social media spark called out today as being Throwback Thursday. How about me posting my first magazine cover. It was for the hipster bible; Sleazenation in 2000. This was before the innocents of Shoreditch and Hoxton found a name to describe their fashion sense or lack thereof. Although beards will never go out of fashion, take it from me…living proof!

This was a fun shoot to do, quite simple really. I’m not one to talk up equipment by any means, but when one carries a Yashica TLR in one hand, a roll of Velvia in the other and a couple of close-up lenses tucked into a shirt pocket, it’s tempting to go all nostalgic over the days of guessing the exposure, the focus and just about everything else!

And it made the cover which I was quite happy about, in fact a poster of this image adorns my entrance hall, it has proved remarkably popular with tradesmen and couriers for some reason.

SLEAZE COVER

50 States in 30 Days-An interview with Mark Chilvers-Photographer

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Mark Chilvers started as a photographer with The Independent in 1998. Since then he’s not only shot numerous assignments for the Indy and Sindy ( Independent on Sunday) but has developed a real taste for travel reportage photography and portraiture to boot. Clients include The Guardian Weekend, The Observer, The Independent, Time magazine, Stern and The Times. He’s constantly working on new ventures and interesting side projects as well.

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Earlier this year, Mark in collaboration with Jonathan Thompson, a writer and Chris MacDonald, a film-maker took on the rather absurd notion of shooting all of the USA’s 50 states in 30 days for American Airlines.

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

They were tasked to deliver a daily blog of their adventures, which can be found here. They called it United States of Adventure, which is as good a tagline as any for promoting how interesting the US is as a country.

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013

On top of shooting tons of very diverse situations, instagramming like crazy and filing the blog everyday. Mark found time to work on a side project where he’d shoot portraits of people in front of a backdrop that he dragged all over the states.

Jeff Roberts,25, crew trainer, Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Jeff Roberts,25, crew trainer, Space Camp, Huntsville, Alabama (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Wayne Werner, Prices crab shack, Harve de Grace, Maryland (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Wayne Werner, his home, Harve de Grace, Maryland (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

It’s not the first time that a photographer has shot in front of a backdrop and included all the detail around the backdrop, but here it does seem to work really well. Ask yourself this, would the people in the photographs have posed the same if the backdrop wasn’t there? It was a great device for getting people involved to photograph.

Boots, 50, working cowboy, Grand Canyon Ranch, Arizona (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Boots, 50, working cowboy, Grand Canyon Ranch, Arizona (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Sheena Tigertail, 29, Miccosukee Indian, Florida (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Sheena Tigertail, 29, Miccosukee Indian, Florida (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

There’s a consistency about the images which works on a few different levels, one being the humour that the photographer has brought to them. It’s a very interesting concept and I’d imagine them all printed up for an exhibition would look terrific.

Mary Ballou, 41, barmaid, Olympia, Washington (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Mary Ballou, 41, barmaid, Olympia, Washington (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Bob Folsom, 52, firefighter, Songo Pond, Bethel, Maine (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Bob Folsom, 52, firefighter, Songo Pond, Bethel, Maine (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

The set ran as a cover feature in the 30th June edition of The Independent on Sunday’s New Review section.

Clarissa Brown, 25, fried-chicken waitress, Dodge's Quick Cash store, Arkansas (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Clarissa Brown, 25, fried-chicken waitress, Dodge’s Quick Cash store, Arkansas (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Harpreet Pal Singh, 49, Hotel Concierge, Times Square, New York (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

Harpreet Pal Singh, 49, Hotel Concierge, Times Square, New York (Photograph courtesy: ©Mark Chilvers 2013)

I visited Mark at his studio in London and we chewed the fat over the shoot, the logistics of doing it, how the job came about, lack of sleep, hitting the wall and the madness of taking on such a crazy assignment. Plus he discusses how he’s taking the concept abroad…quite literally

Here is a link to download or listen to the interview.

There are a few background noises and a very friendly dog gets a bit protective…in a good way.

Mark Chilvers can be found here and on twitter