Gray’s Anatomy – iPhoggy Times to Close Shocker

It’s hard to believe, but it’s Friday again and that means it’s time for our wonderful columnist Richard Gray and his brilliant humorous mobile photography column, entitled, Gray’s Anatomy, with a play on spelling of course, over to you Richard…(foreword by Joanne Carter)



© Richard Gray ‘Not many people at the funeral’


‘It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the death of that venerable publication, The iPhoggy Times. Alas, there will not many mourners at the funeral. I cannot blame rising printing costs, or competition from online blogs. No, it’s mainly because I can’t be arsed anymore. And also because it only had one subscriber, which, on closer inspection, turned out to be me. Suffice to say then that the iPhoggy Times was not a rip-roaring success.

I set it up a while back with a rebellious fire in my heart. I had subscribed to two other papers devoted to the world of iPhoneography. After complaining to the editors of these papers that  they featured far too many tweets in Indonesian and, more importantly, completely ignored my own blog, iphoggy-bloggy, it dawned on me that these editors were not actually poring over word before publishing, but that they were generated without any human intervention at all. I know, I’m a slow learner. But following my grandfather’s motto Non Queror Fac Melior, which loosely translates as, Shut Up Complaining and Do Something Better Yourself, I decided to set one up. To say it stretched my technical capabilities would be an understatement. But following many email exchanges with Birgit (a paragon of Germanic patience), I finally got the to point at my own blog. Yes, I admit it. It was mainly about unabashed self-publicity. Well that and partly sheer bloody mindedness to make the damn thing work.

This morning I saw that another of these papers had been launched about mobile photography. Which featured my blog! Which made me think, my work here is done, unfurl the white flag, I climbed that mountain etc. Some of these papers do serve a purpose: the robots behind them scurry around the world and pull together bits and pieces of news about the iphoneography world. I wonder how many will find this one.’

Richard's mobile photography has been exhibited around the world and published in various magazines and on many websites. He launched the world's first live course in iPhone photography in early 2012 with Kensington and Chelsea College. He has given workshops with The Photographers' Gallery and British Journal of Photography. Sport England recently commissioned him to cover various of its Sportivate initiatives with the iPhone. A keen observer of this new photographic genre, his writing has been widely published (most notably in The Guardian) and he writes a blog (iphoggy-bloggy). With a big camera, he specialises in music photography ( and syndicates to Press Association (with both big and small cameras).


  • Jennifer

    Very sorry to hear of your demise – especially since I just found your site this week and only started reading and enjoying your columns! Hopefully rumours of your death have been greatly exaggerated and that you will be resurrected shortly. Until then, RIP.

  • David

    Another well-deserved passing of a robot newspaper! Nothing personal, Richard…but my Indonesian was never really good…and like you…they never seem to pick up my posts!! I am so glad to see that your blog still remains with us. Long live the king! (Or something to that nature….)