Original cover of Ata Kak's album Obaa Sima

WEEK IN FOCUS – 11 OCTOBER 2017

Original cover of Ata Kak's album Obaa Sima

Original cover of Ata Kak’s album Obaa Sima

ATA KAK – TIME BOMB DOCUMENTARY

Words cannot express my love for Ata Kak!  Originally from Ghana, Ata Kak self-released a few copies of this album on tape in the 1980’s.

Brian Shimkovitz, founder of the increadible blog Awesome Tapes of Africa discovered the tape amongst the vast collection he amassed whilst in Africa and spent a decade trying to track down Ata Kak with the aim of re-releasing the music to a new audience.

The story has now been captured in this documentary and is well worth half an hour of your time.  The music is unique beyond measure and the story genuinely heart warming. Decades after its original low-key release, Obaa Sima is now in many peoples record collections and Ata Kak is touring the world.

If you are not aware of Shimkovitz’s work with Awesome Tapes, check out the blog for some of the best music you are likely to hear!

Exterior of the Martin Parr Foundation, at Paintworks, Bristol, England, 2017. Image © Louis Little

Exterior of the Martin Parr Foundation, at Paintworks, Bristol, England, 2017. Image © Louis Little

MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION – BRISTOL

Bristol’s legacy as a leading centre for Photography is set to continue to grow with the opening on the Martin Parr Foundation on the 25th October.

Originally set up in 2014, the foundation is a home for Parr’s archive and extensive photography collection.  This new enterprise will form a permanent space to house the foundations work, located at the Paintworks in Bristol.

The space will house Parr’s print archive (estimated at 3/4 million images) alongside his collection of British and Irish photography. There is also a gallery space where 3 or 4 exhibitions will be held each year.

The foundation is due to open on the 17th October with the inaugural exhibition Parr’s ‘Black Country Stories’, originally commissioned by Multistory and exploring the West Midlands.

© Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Slant Rhymes.

© Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Slant Rhymes.

SLANT RHYMES – ALEX WEBB & REBECCA NORRIS WEBB

I happened across this release the other day and looking forward to getting my hands on the book.

Alex & Rebecca Webb have created the project ‘Slant Rhymes’ as a visual conversation between themselves. Each pair contains one image from each of them, placed side by side to create a visual rhyme.

I was initially struck by the concept as last year I worked with photographer Rob Macdonald on a similar principle, creating the exhibition ‘Harmonic Skeleton’ for the Brighton Photo Fringe. You can view our attempt at this visual dialogue in my portfolio pages.

Slant Rhymes has been released as a book by La Fabrica, more information and images are available here.

Peter Fraser (Nazraeli Press), Birdhouse

Peter Fraser (Nazraeli Press), Birdhouse

RETURN TO AN OLD FAVOURITE – PETER FRASER

This week I have been mostly revisiting the work of Peter Fraser.

Whilst doing some research for a project I am currently developing ‘Postcards from Home’ (early stages are viewable on my Instagram account) I realised I was shooting certain images with a similar aesthetic to some of Peter Fraser’s work.

I have always enjoyed Fraser’s unique perspective and vision of the macro world that surrounds us with the intimate and unique ‘landscapes’ he offers up.

A large selection of his work is available through his website www.peterfraser.net

Grayson Perry - The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! @ Arnolfini, Bristol

WEEK IN FOCUS – 4 OCTOBER 2017

WEEK IN FOCUS – 4 OCTOBER 2017

The first of my new weekly roundup of items of interest from the world of Photography and the creative sector.

Jim Mortram - image from the series 'Small Town Inertia'

Jim Mortram – image from the series ‘Small Town Inertia’

JIM MORTRAM – SMALL TOWN INERTIA

Jim has been photographing the residents of his home town Dereham for the past ten years, focusing on those facing social exclusion and disadvantage. Having started a degree in Art, he dropped out in his final year to become the primary care giver to his mother.

Since then he has produced an unparalleled body of work giving a voice to those who most need it, shooting a stunning body of Black & White, social documentary images and sharing them on his Small Town Inertia blog.

The project has finally got the recognition it dererves through the publication of his first book by Bluecoat Press.  It is a powerful and poignant series of images and if you are unaware of his output, I would urge you to take a look.

Jim was kind enough to contribute an image to my project ‘The Shot I Never Forgot’ (pictured image) and I have been a keen follower of his work since.

Aaron Schuman from SLANT, 2017

Aaron Schuman from SLANT, 2017

AARON SCHUMAN – SLANT

This project keeps popping up in my various feeds this week and it is well worth a look.

Aaron is a colleague at UWE having just set up the MA Photography course this year.

The images are juxtaposed with local newspaper clippings in an often amusing and always thought provoking manner.

You can view the project on Aaron’s website here.

 

Grayson Perry - The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! @ Arnolfini, Bristol

Grayson Perry – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! @ Arnolfini, Bristol

GRAYSON PERRY – THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER!

EXHIBITION COMES TO ARNOLFINI BRISTOL

I was very excited to finally see the opening of the new exhibition at the Arnolfini, Bristol.

Grayson Perry seems to consistently create output that is both beautiful, timely and poignant.  This show doesn’t disappoint with a mixture of older works and more recent works, including the Brexit Pots.

It was a pleasure to see the gallery busier than I have ever witnessed and given it is free and on until December, there is no excuse not to go and have a look!

More information available here.

Todd Hido - from the series Homes at Night

Todd Hido – from the series Homes at Night

RETURNED TO AN OLD FAVOURITE – TODD HIDO

This week I have been mostly revisiting Todd Hido’s exquisite images, as part of my research into the use of light in photography.

The image shown is from his series ‘Homes at Night’.  Hido seems to have an uncanny ability to bend light to his own will within his images and seem to merge an almost snapshot aesthetic with a considered, atmospheric and film like quality.

His work needs to be seen in print to appreciate its real genius, but a full archive is available on his website here.