‘Arrangements In Black and Grey: Black and White Photography In The 21st Century’ – Fox Talbot Exhibition With Nettie Edwards’ Mobile Photography

We are delighted to announce that the latest exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum – The birthplace of Photography – will include none other than Nettie Edwards (@lumilyon) incredible mobile photography. This is a huge, significant and poignant step for the mobile photography industry around the world and one we are so proud to support.

This brand new exhibition, ‘Arrangements In Black and Grey: Black and White Photography In The 21st Century’, concentrates on black and white photography and the question, ‘Is black and white photography still relevant today?’ is posed. The exhibition features six photographers in total who are still use black and white photography in their work. Styles and techniques are at each end of the spectrum, with one photographer working with a traditional pinhole camera right through to Nettie using her iPhone of course.

Roger Watson, the curator at the Fox Talbot Museum said black and white photographs focus on texture, line and shape. By taking away the distraction of color the viewers is forced to look at the picture in a different way. The importance of light moves into the foreground and it gives an understanding of the world in subtle tones rather than bold color.

“The 21st century has brought us digital photography and with it the ease of printing and color, which has taken a strong hold of art photography,” said Roger. “In the 19th century it was entirely monochrome and, although there was some use of color, the 20th century was also dedicated to the use of black and white. With this exhibition we wanted to explore where black and white stands in this modern, digital world of photography and if it is still relevant.”

The methods of making the images vary with the artist. Some shoot on film and some digital. Some of the images on show are semi-abstract, some dream-like but all have subtle elegance.

“Black and white photography is the little black dress of the art world, it never really goes out of fashion with its simple elegance.”


The following are images from Nettie Edwards series that will be exhibited at the show. All were shot with an iPhone 4s, printed digitally with lightfast pigment inks on Folex 310g matt white fine art paper, acid free, cellulose base, coated with 100 percent cotton.

We will be personally attending the Private Viewing of this Exhibition and will report back on that, stay tuned…




©Nettie Edwards


App used – Hipstamatic (settings: Americana lens, USI776 lens)



©Nettie Edwards


App Used – Lomora




© Nettie Edwards


App Used – Hipstamatic (settings: John S lens, USI776 lens)




©Nettie Edwards


App Used – Hipstamatic (settings: John S lens, USI776 lens)



©Nettie Edwards


App Used – Hipstamatic (settings: John S lens, USI776 lens)

About The Artists


©Trevor Ashby


Anthony Jones is a fine art photographer specializing in black and white silver gelatine prints – a technique invented at Lacock by William Henry Fox Talbot. His works depicts urban environments, focusing on the spirit of place rather than a geographical location, conveying a sense of mystery about the figures and to question their purpose.

Deborah Parkin’s work is highly influenced by her own childhood and memories, often showing her own daughter and son, and reflects on the subject of growing up. Her images are dreamlike and full of memories.

Trevor Ashby has mastered and explored the art of black and white photography throughout his working life. Trevor finds color too ‘noisy’ and likes the quieter life of black and white and chose to only work in monochrome early on, creating extraordinarily rich and full images.

Nettie Edwards has embraced new technologies and her stunning images are all taken on her iPhone. She says that black and white photography found her and the techniques she uses allow her to capture human intervention in nature and the stark lines of modernist architecture.

Katie Cooke’s images of Morocco were captured with a pinhole camera. The process doesn’t lend itself to color and needs a hand-on approach, from process to print, which Katie likes. The slowness of the image making is a perfect match for the ageless symmetry of Islamic architecture.

Mark Voce only began shooting in the last decade and has found his niche in working at night. With the color already drained from the scene, black and white was a natural way of working. His images capture city streets when no one appears, or the starkness of winter landscapes.



©Anthony Jones


Arrangements in Black and Grey opens on 12 April 2013 and runs until 22 September 2013. Normal admission charges apply. NT members and under 5s free. For opening times and further information please call 01249 730 450 or see

‘Arrangements in Black and Grey’ is supported by Black and White Magazine.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]