Week Thirty Nine
John Thomson (1837 – 1921)
Covent Garden Flower Women, 1877-8
Born in Edinburgh in 1837, John Thomson was a pioneering photographer and traveller. One of the first photographers to travel to the Far East in the 1860’s and 70’s, he brought back with him images of the people, landscapes and [...]
Week Thirty Eight
Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009)
Self-taught photographer Vivian Maier is the subject of a new documentary Finding Vivian Maier, out this week in the UK. It tells the story of a woman who spent her working life as a nanny; but who spent the rest [...]
I have spent this morning preparing to facilitate a discussion around the film Camille Claudel 1915. This is an informal event that takes place at Chapter in Cardiff, after a particular film linked to art, and is a great way for people from anywhere to come together to have a [...]
Week Thirty Seven
Graciela Iturbide (1942 -)
Mujer Ángel, Desierto de Sonora, 1979.
Graciela Iturbide is considered to be one of the most important photographers living and working in Mexico today. She started taking photographs at the age of 27, following the sudden death of her six year old daughter. [...]
Dragana Jurisic was born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) and currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. She studied her Masters in Fine Art at the University of Wales, Newport, in 2008 and has recently finished a PhD.
An update on what lightsgoingon has been doing the last four months…
Creating a series of short films that will act as a resource about contemporary art. Haven’t a clue what I am doing, but am working with the wonderful film maker Paul Gilbert; and have had access to the great museums and [...]
So, I’ve been puzzling over why I stopped delivering on the 52 photography project – the last post being back in February – four months ago! I have been busy, but possibly there is something else going on.
I set up lightsgoingon three years ago, and as part of creating a strategy to deliver via [...]
My project entitled 52 is back! For some bizarre reason, I stopped doing it – the last post being back in February. Still muling over why that happened, and thats probably a blog post soon (maybe something in there about visibility). Anyway, Week Thirty Five is posted up – thanks to Mr H for the [...]
Self-taught American photographer Duane Michals fell in love with photography back in 1958 when he borrowed a camera to take on holiday to Russia. During the 1960s and ‘70s his photographic practice pushed the boundaries of the single documentary [...]
This opens on Thursday April 17th (and runs to May 31st 2014, 11am -4pm Thurs-Sat) at Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum Off-site projects, Aberystwyth. The official opening is on Friday 25 April and I am delighted to have been invited to give the opening speech at this. Louise and I have been friends for many years; she is [...]
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5252 is a project I have set myself; since the beginning of 2013 I have been sending out, via social media and my website, info and an image of a photographer of my choice. I do this to highlight and explore the range of photography that also speaks to me, and I say why within each post.
52:Week 39,John Thomson, Covent Garden Flower Women,1877,Photographer and traveller to the Far East; and the East End pic.twitter.com/YK5WG0pKeW
52:Week 38, Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009) Self-portrait. The secret world of a very private woman, capturing street life pic.twitter.com/hf7p2xowNZ