After Nyne Launch West London Gallery with Olympus Support & Inaugural Exhibition

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The After Nyne Creative Services Group, parent company of arts publication After Nyne Magazine, today announced a collaboration with Olympus. Together they will launch a brand new permanent gallery space After Nyne Gallery in West London.

Building on their already established success from a series of well-received pop-ups,  After Nyne Gallery are proud to unveil their first exhibition space in Holland Park. This inaugural exhibition will display some remarkable works by Olympus brand ambassadors such as Martina Govindraj, whose work engages with architecture and concepts of space, and award winning Steve Gosling renowned for his signature black and white atmospheric landscapes.

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Rory Lewis to Exhibit Unseen Portraiture Work

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New body of work from British portrait specialist Rory Lewis to be unveiled for the first time from 1 August 2018

A new body of work from celebrated British portrait photographer Rory Lewis will be exhibited for the first time this August in London, featuring 24 previously unseen photographs of distinguished actors and high-profile public figures.

Entitled ‘Portraitist’, the exhibition will be held from Wednesday 1 August to Sunday 30 September 2018 at the Wex Photo Video Gallery in London E1.

Rory’s vivid and thought-provoking portraits include renowned and respected characters from the world of film and television, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds, David Bamber, Tobias Menzies, William Shatner, Rufus Sewell and more. The exhibition will also feature prominent political figures, such as former Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the Royal Family, including Prince Michael of Kent.

Challenging the established norm when capturing images, Rory injects moments of impulsiveness and even awkwardness into his imagery. He successfully shuns the aggrandising and sycophantic results typically seen in portraits of the famous. Rory’s aim is to strip back the artificial layers of staid portraiture and replace it with strangeness and a sense of quiet.

 

Sir Ian McKellen ©Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis commented, “So much of the portraiture commissioned in the press and print industry is reluctant to take risks, and I try to challenge that safety. In any commission, I always make sure that I have one moment at the end, which I like to call my ‘dessert’, where I’ve finished my brief and I have that person to myself. You shouldn’t waste your moments. In many of my sittings I only have five or ten minutes, so I have to break the ice with my subject very quickly. I like to keep them in continuous motion and direction in order to capture the movement of their thoughts.

“When I’m working with an actor, I like them to act. I’m always waiting for that moment of spontaneity in expression. I ask them to move and express themselves, and I try to work them into a frenzy. I don’t think photographers do that enough.”

Matt Devine, head of content at Wex Photo Video, said, “We’re honoured to present such an outstanding new collection of portraits in this very special showcase at our London gallery. We hope that Rory’s extraordinary style and approach will inspire other photographers to experiment with their portraiture, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience this work for the first time, with a chance to own an exclusive print from the exhibition.”

Limited edition prints of Rory’s iconic work will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition period. The showing is presented in collaboration with Epson. Each photograph is printed on Epson Premium Luster media, with output on an Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 and Epson SureColor SC-P20000 64” (AO) printer.

 

Sir Patrick Stewart ©Rory Lewis

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MAJE Florence & Rome Exhibitions and Awards. The Winners

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As a proud member and a president of the Jury (along with Manuela Matos Monteiro and Cadu Lemos) for this exhibition in Florence and Rome, I am delighted to announce the winners for all sections, huge congratulations to you! M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Helen Breznik, Adelino Marques, Frederic Deschenes, Juta Jazz, Paula Broom, Roger Guetta, Amo Passicos and Jane Schultz.

The exhibition will be held inside the ancient medieval cloister of the Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte – Florence – Italy from 5 April to 19 April 2018. The Rome Exhibition will take place between 11 May – 12 May 2018.

Many thanks to Andrea Bigiarni for bringing this experience to life!

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Celebrating the power of SmartPhone Photography – Reveal the Real You!

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Last night I was entertained with all my favourite things, smartphone photography, photographers, artists, galleries of art, fine food and not least, plentiful champagne. I was invited to an exclusive event showcasing images of the Reveal the Real You winners in association with Dazed magazine (founded by Rankin and Jefferson Hack), Huawei and Leica.

The event was organised by a wonderful team, many of whom I have known from many years ago, when I was editing print photography titles, it was so good to catch up and also to meet new friends.

I interviewed the photographers, Anthony Shintai Amao, Sahvannah Amaka and Kat Collings, who each won a £10k bursary to donate to community causes that inspired them within London.

We were further entertained with live performances from Break Mission, Shoreditch Youth Dance, London Jazz Ensemble and a DJ set from Rines FM’s Emerald Rose Lewis as well as Radio 1.

This gallery is now open to the public (from today) until Sunday 11 March – if you’re in the area, I urge you to go and visit. The address is: Top Office Machines, 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG. You will be able to view all the imagery gracing the walls from the above photographers.

This Saturday 10 March between 12 noon and 5 pm, the gallery will also be running a portrait photography studio in collaboration with The Photocopy Club. Visitors to the gallery will be invited to have their portrait taken on a Huawei P10 in the studio, which will then be printed out and added to a wall in the gallery as part of a growing art exhibition. Each participant will get their own black & white Xerox portrait to take away with them, and at the end of the day all the portraits will be made in to a zine.

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Mobile Photo Festival with mObgraphia – Free to Enter in Six Categories

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I am proud to be a member of the Jury for this fabulous Mobile Photography Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Latin America. It is free to enter into six categories and the essay category will offer a reduced fee. The Festival with exhibit for 45 days in the Museu de Imagem e do Som – MIS Sp in Brazil.

International jurors include:

Adriana Zehbrauskas NYT and Hikari Creative

Andrea Bigiarini The New Era Museum

Daniel Berman Mobile Photo Awards

Joanne Carter TheAppWhisperer.com

Manuela Matos Monteiro MIRA MOBILE PRIZE

More details to follow…

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Short Film Series & Photo Exhibition Launches Featuring the Work of Five Extraordinary Photographers

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A series of five short films followed by a London photo exhibition launches today featuring the work of five photographers overcoming their own personal battles to shoot extraordinary images across a dynamic range of subjects.

  • Ian Treherne is profoundly deaf and almost totally blind. He shoots portraiture that evokes the way he sees the world
  • Jim Mortram’s own recovery from anxiety and depression started when he was gifted a camera. He now trains his lens on others living on the margins of society in his award-winning photo-documentary blog
  • Hannah Laycock uses photographic art to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Giles Duley stepped on an IED while shooting in Afghanistan. Told his photography career was over he was back in war-torn regions within six months documenting the lives of civilians caught up in conflict
  • Daniel Regan relies on his camera to cope with mental health issues and now uses photography and art to help others combat their own conditions

The first film launches online on Monday (16th Oct) with subsequent films released weekly, culminating in a London photography exhibition opening with a private view from 10th November.

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David Hockney at the Tate – Britain’s Biggest Show!

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Tate Britain will be staging an extensive retrospective of David Hockney’s works. The show will cover six decades of Hockney’s work. Opening in London in 2017 before travelling to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This is one show not to be missed.

Celebrating his 80th birthday, next year, Hockney is very much involved with the Tate’s show. The show will feature his very early work from 1960, through to work he has created during the 2000’s.

David Hockney opens at Tate Britain on 9 February 2017, I can’t wait!

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Mobile Photography / Art Exhibition – Freedom of Panorama in Paris – On Until 9th March, 2016

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Freedom of panorama is an exception to copyright, first introduced into German law at the end of the XIXth century. It considers that all artworks (including buildings and sculptures) located in the public domain can be photographed or filmed without the authorization of the author. France, Belgium Italy and Greece are the only countries in Europe without freedom of panorama in their legislation. In principle any reproduction of the Atomium, the Pyramide du Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower lights at night are illegal without prior authorization.

It is within this framework that the Mobile Camera Club in Paris has decided to gather photographers from various countries whose main photographic subject is the city and its architecture, to see how they choose to inhabit the public space. Do they take legislation restrictions into account or do they freely express their emotions? And how do they create something of their own, based on somebody else’s creation?

Do they feel they have to find innovative angles and framing, like their New Vision predecessors? Do they fragment and deconstruct, play with forms, colors and dimensions until they make reality unrecognizable? Or like the Surrealists, do they mock reality and appearances? Or else, in between collage and typography, do they choose to follow the track of a refined design, taking roots in the Bauhaus movement?

For artists, the city remains the place of all possibilities and an opportunity to present us the many unknown facets of an intimate and dreamlike city.

The following mobile artists are represented within this exhibition from January 30, 2016 to March 9, 2016; Leny Bagshop, Nadine Benichou, Lynette Jackson, Kristine Norlander, Joshua Sarinana and Tony Nahra.

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Mobile Photography Exhibition by Alix Carmichele

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Alix Carmichele is a mobile photographer from South Africa, she studied Photography in London, UK and thus began the long process of establishing herself in this field, polishing & refining her technique by learning all the tricks of the trade from various experienced professionals. Extensive travel throughout Africa and many other exotic locations in the world has further inspired and imbued her work with a unique quality. With a seemingly effortless gift for composition, she manages to entice the viewer into a direct experience with her subject matter. Much of her work is created digitally and her long experience with practical darkroom theory is applied to enhance this new media. She also makes use of square format manual cameras.

Carmichele has a wonderful exhibition opening on 9 October 2015, at The Tin House – 1730 hrs – she would love to welcome you, if you are in the area.

I asked Carmichele to explain, in her own words, what this exhibition is all about, please enjoy this read:

“The use of the character as a tool to represent a basic story line and to express a natural progression of the elements in this case a solitary image using various weapons and props which represent the elements from different cultures, as well as a few new ones, shot on iPad4 using Hipstamatic’s Lowy blanko film and lens combination and editing in Photoshop gives the impression of graphic novel or anime. Although not fully stylised as a drawing the image still maintains a photographic integrity however the image could go either way… 5% to the left a photograph or 5% to the right a graphic drawing.

My Inspiration: I love the interconnections between Zen Buddhism and popular culture, notably anime, an animation style which originated in Japan. It is characterised by distinctive characters and backgrounds (hand-drawn or computer-generated) that visually and thematically set it apart from other forms of animation; and or Manga, which is Japanese for “comics” or “whimsical images”. Manga developed from a mixture of ukiyo-e and Western styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II. Anime and manga share many characteristics, including: exaggerating (in terms of scale) of physical features, to which the reader presumably should pay most attention (best known being “large eyes”), “dramatically shaped speech bubbles, speed lines and onomatopoeic, exclamatory typography

In anime, there are a lot of powerful characters who have unique special abilities’, so I decided to try and interpret the elements through my camera using an autonomous and independent warrior character to explore this theme. For my own purposes I’ve used an umbrella, a Katana (Japanese sword); a whip; an old muscat; a stick, cards, powder, a bow and fire so giving my warrior character the space to play with and create new interpretations of the elements through the freedom of artistic and theatrical expression. Photographing my warrior in mid air is my way of showing the exaggeration of Manga and I’m hoping that I have achieved a sense of drama and magic in this action without the use of speech bubbles and exclamatory script!

Earth, air, fire, and water: these four elements, in the Western tradition, are the foundation of natural magic, alchemy, philosophy, modern science, and life itself. “Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger. “Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.”

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