NATURAL MAGIC AND MOONLIGHT
I was disappointed, and not a little bewildered, when looking at the publications that accompanied two of the major events in photography during 2007 – the How We Are exhibition at Tate Britain, London and the flagship series on BBC 4 (repeated on BBC 2) The Genius of Photography – to discover how little nature and our natural landscape featured in both.
HOW BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FOUND ITS VOICE
The 1970s was, in my opinion, photography’s most important decade of the 20th century. During this period its traditional practices were questioned – even undermined – its profile as a medium of creative self-expression was raised immeasurably, and the teaching of the subject changed beyond recognition.
Briefly , style may be defined as the distinctive treatment of a given subject that is characteristic of a particular photographer , movement or period.
MODERNISM AND THE LANDSCAPE
The First World War was a cultural as well as a political , social and economic watershed.The modern machine age had arrived , and with it a new non-deferential, democratic era that swept away traditions in favour of progress .Modernism had a profound effect on photography and progress transformed the landscape.
CORRIDOR OF UNCERTAINTY
Bereavement, for me, is being between two states: what has been and what may take place in the future, and the work that I have made mirrors that interstasis.
EDUCATION - FOR WHAT?
We know of no city where there is as much photographic activity in existence as there is in London. We know of no other country which has, out of a void, created a firmly rooted photographic productivity. Yet all this was done within three years and with modest means.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Before I took up photography professionally I used the camera to record and remember my rock climbing and mountaineering adventures. I remember one day in the hills in particular; but in a bittersweet way.
A SNICKET IN HALIFAX
I was in the features department of the Birmingham Post & Mail one evening in 1966 when I saw a review copy of a new book by Bill Brandt entitled Shadow of Light.