║ Rip Hopkins ║

© Rip Hopkins, Procedure : filtration – separating big solids from liquid ; dish : beef stock, from the series Alchimistes aux Fourneaux, 2007 © Rip Hopkins, Procedure : stuffing – object in an object ; dish : stuffed pigeon, from the series Alchimistes aux Fourneaux, 2007 “This work is the result of my encounter with the chef Pierre Gagnaire and the chemist Hervé This around the texts of Nicolas de Bonnefons, Louis XIV’s valet. With Hervé This, we transcribed in photography the phenomenas and procedures that create taste. Pierre Gagnaire then created a dish inspired by each of them, … Continue reading ║ Rip Hopkins ║

║ Philip Toledano ║

© Philip Toledano, Untitled, from the series Days with my Father © Philip Toledano, Untitled, from the series Days with my Father Toledano’s Days With My Father began as a web-based photo journal with texts, cataloging a poignant series of photographs of his father after his mother’s death with accompanying texts by the artist. The resulting work is an intensely powerful, heartwrenching and yet hopeful glimpse into his personal journey with his father, as they struggle to make sense of the latter’s gradual loss of memory as well as their remaining time together in the world. I began shooting ‘Days … Continue reading ║ Philip Toledano ║

║ Marysa Dowling ║

© Marysa Dowling, Portrait 028, Ireland, from the series The Dowling Study, Parts 1-7, 2005-07 © Marysa Dowling, Portrait 03, Stockport, UK, from the series The Dowling Study, Parts 1-7, 2005-07 “This collaborative family study spans four generations (involving all 32 blood related members of the family) and three countries, the UK, Ireland and the USA. It aims to memorialise the family through sets of images, as well as to explore the role photography has at every level to define, group, classify and individualise us. The series looks at our sense of self, migration, family history and memory, with particular … Continue reading ║ Marysa Dowling ║

║ Marjolaine Ryley ║

© Marjolaine Ryley, Untitled, from the series Communion, 2003 © Marjolaine Ryley, Untitled, from the series Communion, 2003 “In 2003 I attended Braziers International Artists workshop and created the series of images ‘Communion’ . Having grown up living in squats and transitory communities as a child and hearing my parents talk about their time together (before separating) living in communes in the south of France, I was always fascinated by these places and the reasons people were drawn to them. Braziers Park is a living, breathing community of twenty-five people. During my time at Braziers I created a document of … Continue reading ║ Marjolaine Ryley ║

║ Millie Burton ║

© Millie Burton, Mantlepiece, from the series Pictures from an Interior, 2004 © Millie Burton, Dresser, from the series Pictures from an Interior, 2004 “Pictures from an Interior (2004) is a photographic record and celebration of the house that my grandmother lived in from 1956 until 2008. She was a practical woman and did much of the work on the house herself, and had a knack for putting things together in beautiful and functional displays. But when her children and friends were clearing the house after her death, they found that many of the objects were flawed in some way … Continue reading ║ Millie Burton ║

║ Polly Braden ║

© Polly Braden, Untitled, from the series Adventures in the Valley, 2004 © Polly Braden, Untitled, from the series Adventures in the Valley, 2004 “A collaboration between Polly Braden & David Campany The River Lea runs from the Thames in east London up to Hertfordshire. Once a busy commercial waterway, it is now a nature reserve and leisure area. From the planned site for the 2012 Olympic Games it passes industrial estates, sports centres, new build homes and council estates. Working together, Braden & Campany move between observational documentary and experimental stagings. There are poetic snapshots and theatrical incidents, naturalistic … Continue reading ║ Polly Braden ║

║ Peter Fraser ║

© Peter Fraser, Untitled, from the series 12 Day Journay, 1984 © Peter Fraser, Untitled, from the series 12 Day Journay, 1984 “I see photographs everywhere, like everyone else, nowadays; they come from the world to me, without my asking; they are only ‘images,’ their mode of appearance is heterogeneous…I realized that some provoked tiny jubilations, as if they referred to a stilled center, an erotic or lacerating value buried in myself (however harmless the subject matter may have appeared)…” So writes Roland Barthes, pointing out the way in which we have learned to see “photographically,” to frame, to snap, … Continue reading ║ Peter Fraser ║

║ Ally Birch-Probyn & Anni Skilton ║

© Ally Birch-Probyn & Anni Skilton, Untitled #19, from the series Partners in Grime © Ally Birch-Probyn & Anni Skilton, Untitled #21, from the series Partners in Grime “We have been rummaging through skips for some time now and have established this lens based project from our findings. The contents of each interesting skip becomes the backdrop of our images. What we find in these skips also inspires us to create a character that interacts with the discarded objects. Our characters are individual to all the different skips we use. We are attempting to address important environmental and ecological issues … Continue reading ║ Ally Birch-Probyn & Anni Skilton ║

║Tamany Baker ║

© Tamany Baker, Untitled, from the series Living with Wolfie, 2008 © Tamany Baker, Untitled, from the series Living with Wolfie, 2008 The series documents my response to the ‘presents’ that Wolfie, my beloved cat, brings into the home. At first, I experienced some kind of horror: these dead creatures waiting for me in different parts of my house. Then I looked at Wolfie and tried to understand the instincts which brought them there. It reminded me of the difficulty I have in understanding the behaviours of the opposite sex or of a different tribe. At the time, my ex-partner … Continue reading ║Tamany Baker ║

║Tom Hunter ║

© Tom Hunter, Sex Assault, from the series Living in Hell and Other Stories, 2004 © Tom Hunter, Murder: Two Men Wanted, from the series Living in Hell and Other Stories, 2003 “Murder: Two Men Wanted is a photograph whose title is directly taken from a Hackney Gazette headline. Its composition is based on Piero di Cosimo’s ‘Satyr mourning over a Nymph’ which is part of the National Gallery collection. In Hunter’s work, a woman lies sprawled across the ground in an eerily lit park, (it was shot in public parkland in Hackney which is notorious for criminal activiity at … Continue reading ║Tom Hunter ║

║Rob Ball ║

© Rob Ball, Untitled #3, from the series The Grange, 2006 © Rob Ball, Untitled #8, from the series The Grange, 2006 “In December 2006 the hospital in which I was born closed after 97 years of service. The site was bought by a property developer and will soon consist of over 800 new dwellings, in an effort to meet the governments target for 3 million new homes by the year 2020. The resultant large format photographs show the functional spaces as the last user left them, from the maternity block to the morgue. All the images are taken from … Continue reading ║Rob Ball ║

║ Annabel Elgar ║

© Annabel Elgar, Torch, 2006 © Annabel Elgar, Legion, 2006 © Annabel Elgar, Prey, from the series Black Flag, 2004 “Annabel Elgar’s photographic works map out a borderland of fragile enclaves and lost directions. Staged encounters, with heightened foregrounds and a voyeur’s intimacy, are swiftly usurped by the notion that as fiction they are in fact false- their source remaining unclear. Details become covert signifiers, offering us narrative pointers to clue together what has happened. Peppered with cropped figures, fires and totemic symbols, we are made aware of ritual behaviour and the allusion towards cult and secrecy, and yet the … Continue reading ║ Annabel Elgar ║

║ Giles Revell ║

© Giles Revell, Eamonn McCabe, Portrait photographer, from the series Photofit “All portrait photographers focus on the eyes – when you set up a shoot, you make sure that there is light in that part of the face. But actually, the hair can be just as important. You get to a point in your career when people know who you are yourself, so you start to have a shave before you go on a shoot. Does that make me vain?” Eamonn McCabe © Giles Revell, Duncan X, tattooist, from the series Photofit “I am not that good on faces. I … Continue reading ║ Giles Revell ║

║ Esther Teichmann ║

© Esther Teichmann, Diptych, from the series Viscosity, 2005 © Esther Teichmann, Untitled, from the series Inward Bound, 2006 © Esther Teichmann, Untitled, from the series Inward Bound, 2006 “In her large-scale photographic works and video pieces Esther Teichmann examines the relationship of the self to the maternal body and to the body of the lover. Desire and fear of loss are subtly and yet powerfully evoked in these explorations of the visceral and expressive properties of the human physique and skin. (…)Teichmann’s work is autobiographical in that she chooses for her subjects the members of her immediate family. In … Continue reading ║ Esther Teichmann ║

║ Carrie Levy ║

© Carrie Levy, Untitled, from the series Untitled, 2000 © Carrie Levy, Untitled, from the series Untitled, 2000 “On Carrie Levy’s sixteen birthday her father was sentenced to four years in prison. Lost in a new world of furtive whispers at school and emptiness at home she immersed herself in photography. Desolate New York suburban landscapes, a bare bed, her unkempt garden, all echo her loss documented in 51 Months, a visual diary of her father’s absence. Her father, now out of prison, continues to fuel her work: in her new series recognizing the restrictions involved in documenting her surroundings, … Continue reading ║ Carrie Levy ║

║ E-J Major ║

© E-J Major, Postcard, from the series Love is… © E-J Major, Postcard, from the series Love is… © E-J Major, Postcard, from the series Love is… “Love is… Three years ago, London-based artist E-J Major began asking strangers to divulge their thoughts on this most profound, yet indefinable subject. The answers, sent anonymously on postcards, reveal richly individual reflections on a universal emotion, both joyful and bitter, some weighty, others flippant. But what is love exactly, other than a much-abused word? The inadequacy of language is central to much of Major’s work, which often takes snippets of source materials—books, … Continue reading ║ E-J Major ║