Archive for January, 2011

The cruel radiance…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Some of my images have been published in a new book on politics and photography called the Cruel Radiance by Susie Linfield.

In it, Linfield attempts to refute the argument that engagement with violent imagery makes the reader turn away. She argues that only by engaging with photojournalism and it’s unsettling commitment to documenting atrocity can we understand the world. It is an interesting time to take this line. Modern photojournalism has in the last few years, experienced a bleeding-into from the art world. I’ve written before about a cold un-connectedness that portrays people as butterflies under glass: a seeing that examines every facial detail but tells us nothing about context or the subject’s humaness. Linfield uses the example of Nachtwey, Peress and Capa in what I see as an unabashed attempt to reassert a traditional documentarian’s engaged position against the argument that all journalism of this kind is voyeuristic. Despite my work being included here, I do have reservations about documenting atrocity, but maybe the pendulum has swung far enough the other way: our sanitised, modern media tells us that only celebrity and money and excess are important. What happens over there is just not understandable. Linfield says that it is and it must be. Photojournalism is in need of a defender who can reclaim a moral relevance against Postmodern criticism that has done much to discredit the voracity of photography. We should not “drown in bathos or sentimentality,” Linfield says but “integrate emotion into the experience of looking.” We “can use emotion as an inspiration to analysis rather than foment an eternal war between the two.”

Luz Photo

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I am delighted to announce that I am now represented in Italy by Luz Photo. Founded by some of my former colleagues from the sadly missed Grazia Neri agency they look after some excellent photographers. I look forward very much to working with them.

You can see my folio page here or click on the image below.

Wonderful machine blog

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Those nice people at Wonderful Machine in the ‘States have just written a very nice blog post about me and my upcoming assignment in Delhi. Read the full story here.

British Journal of Photography

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Pleased that the BJP has used my new website designed by Smiths as an example of one of it’s New Year Resolutions of how to ‘survive and prosper’ in 2011… Here’s the page

More summer colour

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Another image to boost the serotonin…

Thailand -Koh Samui - A fisherman plays a guitar on his boat after a day's work

A distinct lack of colour

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

… miserable January days; a distinct lack of colour… let’s see if I can’t fix that…

Lebanon - Beirut - a man smokes a cigarette in a cafe on the Corniche in the late afternoon sun